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Okay… so now it’s “humanity” and not Russia and Ukraine – UPDATED: TEXT OF THE CONSECRATION

UPDATE 25 March 2022: The consecration took place today in St. Peter’s Basilica. Below, I wondered if the puzzling aspects of the text were intended to separate this act from the requestion of Our Lady of Fatima, to make it … Read More

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MAGISTER: A memo for Cardinals about the next conclave

Somewhere out there in the interwebs I remember seeing a site that chronicled the “events” of the Francis era. This isn’t quite on that scale, but it is … illuminating. Seeing bits and pieces over time is one thing. Seeing … Read More

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Francis sacks a bishop in Puerto Rico for …. why?

I read first at Rorate that a 57 year old bishop of the Diocese of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, was summarily removed from the diocese by Francis the Merciful, first of his name. He was asked to resign. He refused. He … Read More

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Thoughts on Francis’ claim that non-vernacular readings are “laughing at the Word of God”

Fr. John Hunwicke’s blog is a constant source of fascinating details, amusing invective, and inverting insight. Those first two may be obvious, but what do I mean by “inverting insight”? I mean that Fr. H has a keen ability to … Read More

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How would H.L. Mencken have described Francis’ “Traditionis custodes”?

Card. Müller has a new book out now, in which he talks about, inter alia, the Francis Regime.  If that isn’t a spur to check it out…. However, my main point in this post is to relate what I saw … Read More

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I am in total awe of a piece posted – thank you – at Rorate. A monumental take down of Traditionis custodes and the Dubious Dubia using Francis’ own categorical declarations about freedom, conscience, clericalism, proselytizing, discernment. A Manual for Resistance.

Today, on the last day of this annus terribilis, I am in total awe of a piece posted – thank you! – at Rorate.  HERE The writer was a lawyer in Buenos Aires, now a priest with a super CV. … Read More

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Biden and Francis at Tanagra

In case you didn’t see it (I didn’t have time to read it immediately) Card. Burke published a letter about Catholic Politicians and Non-Admittance to Holy Communion. HERE in six languages. I think you can imagine his position, which is … Read More

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Two macabre images come together

Damian Thompson is one of those writers who reminds me of Hamlet’s advice to Polonius: “After your death you were better have a bad epitaph than their ill report while you live.” Lately, at The Spectator, he offered some views … Read More

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Francis’ dialogue with Jesuits in Bratislava about the Vetus Ordo, homosexuality, people who “wanted him dead”, a global Catholic TV channel doing the “work of the devil”

From La Civiltà Cattolica, which is run by Jesuit Fr. Antonio “2+2=5” Spadaro, a transcript of a meeting between Francis and Jesuits in Bratislava.   HERE I think it’s best for me simply to send you over to LCC to read … Read More

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What news did my mail and chat bring me today?

What news did my mail and chat bring me today? Corriere della Sera has, in Italian, Francis’ remarks on the airplane ride back to Rome after his trip in E. Europe. UPDATE: The Vatican Press Office official transcript HERE – … Read More

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VALLI: What’s the mood like in the Vatican these days? And about Francis and ‘Traditionis custodes’

Long time vaticanista Aldo Maria Valli gave an interview about all things Francesco/Bergoglio. He talks about the rumors concerning Francis’s health, a conclave, the scandal of Becciu, synods (“walking together”), Hungary and Orban. Valli’s most telling comments were about the … Read More

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Wherein a priest alumnus of the North American College responds. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From an alumnus of the North American College (US seminary in Rome) … edited so that the style of writing can’t be traced to any one priest by those who might recognize it. As a NAC grad, I read your … Read More

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ZISK: In an interview, Francis talks about “Traditionis custodes”, how he views it, what it means, why he did it. Wherein Fr. Z comments.

From Vaticannews.va: Extracted from an interview with Francis by Carlos Herrera on Radio COPE Q: I don’t know if Pope Francis is a man who likes to bang his fist on the table. Would it be possible that the last … Read More

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Powerful denunciation of Traditionis custodes … by a bishop.

At Rorate, Peter Kwasniewski posted a translation of a powerful denunciation of Traditiones custodes – Francis’ Plessy v Ferguson attack on the Benedict’s Emancipation Proclamation Summorum Pontificum. The text is a workshop on what is wrong in Rome, what is right … Read More

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Francis’ Four Postulates from his programmatic encyclical “Evangelii gaudium”

At Rorate today there is a piece, the title of which called to mind something I’ve posted in the past.  The interesting part of the title… “Strong Communiqué of the Chartres Pilgrimage: “Clericalism-Caudillism never works well…” Note “Caudillism”.  Caudillismo. This … Read More

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Wherein Jesuit Fr Thomas Reese kicks in a goal for the other team

Archlib Jesuit (tautology?) Fr. Thomas Reese at RNS has perhaps scored an auto-goal (aka own goal). In a plaintive mewl, Reese laments the cool reception and, I suppose, implied resistance to Francis.  “It’s the beginning of the end!” Get this: … Read More

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4 July 21 – Francis undergoing surgery

Bottom line: on 4 July in the afternoon, Francis went to the Gemelli Polyclinic for surgery for symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon.  When that surgery will take place is not yet known.  

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Looking into Francis’ hand-written letter to Martin

People have asked my about the hand-written letter from Francis to the Jesuit homosexualist activist Fr James Martin.  Austin Ruse has a good piece about it HERE Ruse does an autopsy on this letter and its meaning, especially the by … Read More

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The question of “two Popes” bothers a lot of people. Some thoughts.

Today, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, is also the 70th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s ordination to the priesthood. It seems a propitious a day to deal with questions that pepper my inbox.  Questions about Benedict’s resignation. The … Read More

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“The constant negativity directed to us priests by…” Wherein Fr. Z relates, reacts, reflects and rants.

At Catholic World Report, Fr. Peter Stravinskas offers a reflection on the way Francis seems constantly to denigrate and insult priests affects both morale and vocations. His observations coincide with my own.  One of things he said struck a strong … Read More

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