Category Archives: Church News

Papal Popularity

I see conservative outlets are jumping to report Pope Francis’ popularity is slumping among American Catholics. I think it’s predictable. It may also be a good thing. First, if the Holy Father is a real Jesuit, he won’t care about … Continue reading

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Another Investigation

I notice a bishop has had his customary age-75 resignation accepted, and another bishop has been sent in to investigate and transition until a successor is appointed. I do not know Bishop Michael Bransfield. I did notice this brief bit … Continue reading

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Private Request

An old blogging foil asked me how long it would take for Pope Francis’ silence to bother me. Given the unraveling of the case against his resignation, it would seem that so far, silence from the Chair of Peter is … Continue reading

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What Could Popes Have Known?

Archbishop Viganò’s central premise is that two popes knew about Archbishop McCarrick’s abuse of seminarians and its cover-up among American prelates. Granted, Richard Sipe’s letters and other efforts are pretty damning. Even the ex-nuncio’s testimony has the ring of truth … Continue reading

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Francis Frustrates Critics

With this: I read the statement this morning and, sincerely, I must say this to you and anyone interested: Read that statement attentively and make your own judgment. I think the statement speaks for itself, and you have a sufficient … Continue reading

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The Crafty Steward?

One last bit about Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò. I’m sure by this time tomorrow a lot will have shaken out from his accused, his supporters and skeptics. Tonight, it looks not unlike this parable from Luke 16:1-9: Then Jesus said to … Continue reading

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Trent: Maybe Not Bad, But Long Outdated

It’s easy to point out the problems of other people. Suggesting reform for another group is far easier than the difficult work of self-examination, contrition, and personal renewal. Professor Massimo Faggioli has a bead on the current eruption of a … Continue reading

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