Category Archives: The Drill

Speak badly of Pope Francis and incur automatic excommunication… NOT.

During the Year of Mercy – which I guess already began, at least in Africa, but which is going to begin sometime tomorrow in Rome and then some days later elsewhere – certain confessors are to be granted faculties to … Continue reading

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Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro misleading statements about the Synod of Bishops

Recently Jesuit Antonio Spadaro, who edits La Civiltà Cattolica and who is deeply interested in the life and works of Pier Vittorio Tondelli (HERE), made some observations about the recent Synod of Bishops which has caused eyebrows to rise. First, take … Continue reading

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More theological gobbledygook about degrees of doctrinal authority

There is a piece at Jesuit-run Amerika.  I was going to post about it earlier, but a theologian friend of mine sent me an email about it with some analysis.  With his permission I repost some of what he wrote … Continue reading

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When Jesuits quote Jesus… and when they don’t

How the mighty have fallen. La Civiltà Cattolica is a periodical edited by Jesuits which receives some vetting from the Secretariat of State and, thus, is considered by some to have a measure of “authority”. However, true authority is based … Continue reading

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Mercy requires Truth and the move away from sin. “Mercy is not moral peek-a-boo.”

Some folks are blabbing about mercy mercy mercy while shoving truth under the rug.  They suggest that mercy trumps truth, dogma, law conversion, etc.  Wrong. We have to call people on that. There is a good article at Crisis Magazine … Continue reading

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The historical view – the “long view” – Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Pope Francis is confusing.  Reasonable people won’t deny that.  He is confusing to both the Left and the Right, as well as the tepid, but for different reasons. Some people are really upset by him.  I spend quite a bit of energy in … Continue reading

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Hard views of Pope Francis from Spectators

I bring to your attention a couple hard-hitting pieces not for the purposes of depressing you, but informing you. I’ve advised elsewhere that if this pontificate, or perhaps “parenthesis”, is getting you down, then stop paying so much attention to … Continue reading

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Canonist Ed Peters’ stern words about the dangers of anti-law mentality

Distinguished canonist Ed Peters has something to say about canon law and the disasters that follow when a spirit of antinomianism ticks up.  HERE  My emphases and comments. Canon law has never been ‘the frame of reference’ for the Church When … Continue reading

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Synod thoughts and thanks to readers

First, I am deeply grateful for the donations that have come in to defray the cost of my travel to Rome.  Some have been widow’s mites, some have been hefty, all have been warmly appreciated.   Since I have been … Continue reading

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Mass for Benefactors, some Synod Notes, and forming my Battle Plan

While here in Rome, I have each day been saying Mass for my benefactors for this Rome trip.  Today I will be saying Mass for you sometime between 1800-1900 (I think) Rome time.   If I am not mistaken, in … Continue reading

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