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In December 2014, as reported by L’Osservatore Romano and kath.net, Gerhard Cardinal Muller, the Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith said: Any separation of the theory and the practice of the faith would, in its formulation, represent a subtle christological heresy. Preview Open

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On October 17, 2015, Pope Francis verbalized his vision for a more collegial, decentralized and listening Church. This vision of his has led to crisis within the Church. The crisis unfolded with the 2014 and 2015 synods on the family and boiled over with the issuance of Amoris Laetitia (AL). (I don’t intend to go […]

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As I listened to Special Report last night on Fox News, anchor Doug McKelway breathlessly intoned that Pope Francis had changed Church doctrine. This was in reference to his Apostolic Later Misericordia et Misera, released on Monday at the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. But as the good people at getreligion.org say, “The […]

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The “It” is a formal public “challenge” to the Pope. The challenge part of course, comes from Reuters, where in actuality the “It” is the asking of questions seeking clarity on the Holy Father’s teaching. Sandro Magister, the best one to follow for information on the workings and shenanigans of the Holy See, has published […]

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There was a story in the Wall Street  Journal this past Monday (behind a paywall, unfortunately) entitled “Pope Picks 17 New Cardinals”.  This article in the National Catholic Record details who was chosen.  One line in the WSJ article stood out for me.  “Pope Francis will appoint 17 new cardinals in November, including three from […]

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Four months ago, after the release and praise/outcry over the Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (AL), I asked the question: Whither Francis and the Church. I won’t rehash the controversy, but will restate my main questions: 1) Will Pope Francis change the discipline (based on doctrine) of not allowing the divorced and remarried to receive […]

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Yes. Another papal press conference aboard an airplane, and more papal nonsense. I think Pope Francis needs to fly strapped into his seat with an oxygen mask over his face so that he stays lucid and can’t talk. He is becoming an embarrassment the way he talks about Islam and violence. His latest answer when […]

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The editors at the Washington Post have blessed us with insight into Pope Francis that no other Catholic-hating newspaper has yet to offer. To wit: He doesn’t judge homosexuals He has done more for homosexuals than anyone in history He has switched from the singular to the plural when talking about homosexuals (this one is […]

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Pope Francis received in audience in the Vatican on Monday the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheik Ahmed Muhammad Al-Tayyib. Following in the footsteps of Obama, and having previously declared that “respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalizations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every […]

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Pope Francis dropped a bomb on the Church with the release of his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, On Love in the Family (AL). This is a document long in the making. The Holy Father convened an Extraordinary Synod on the family in 2014.* Discussion “on the family” at the Synod and in the media […]

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Deacon Jim Russell has written another favorable review of Amoris Laetitia, describing Pope Francis’s ambiguous non-decision regarding the reception of Communion by divorced and remarried (without annulment) Catholics, as “brinksmanship.” He says,  One side note in all this is that “brinkmanship” is not necessarily a new phenomenon when it comes to the papacy. Indeed, it’s precisely […]

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Amoris Laetitia (On Love in the Family), the post-synodal apostolic exhortation written by Pope Francis is available in pdf format on the Vatican website. There are also many tens, if not hundreds of commentaries on this document available on both Catholic and secular websites. The text of the document is 261 pages – longer than […]

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The Donald or The Francis?

 

From the front page of the New York Times online at this very hour:

ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRLINER — Inserting himself into the Republican presidential race, Pope Francis on Wednesday suggested that Donald J. Trump“is not Christian” because of the harshness of his campaign promises to deport more immigrants and force Mexico to pay for a wall along the border.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/19/world/americas/pope-francis-donald-trump-christian.html?_r=0 Jonah Goldberg tweeted the other day that if Obama wants to be on the Mount Rushmore of Trolling, he should nominate Trump’s sister to SCOTUS. If there is ever is such a monument, Trump gets pride of place. Preview Open

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Nicholas Frankovich has an interesting post in NRO’s The Corner this morning, which includes the following: In general, he [Pope Francis] does a bad job of integrating Christianity’s horizontal message, “love thy neighbor,” with its vertical message, “love God.” His intentions may be noble, but what he usually ends up communicating is that the horizontal […]

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Fr. Dwight Longenecker has a great blog, Standing on My Head, and I think worthy of conservatives to frequent it.  He does not come from the Pope Francis School of economics, and his outlook is as conservative as they come for a priest.  A few weeks ago there was a lot of discussion on Pope […]

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Why the Doctrine of Sustainability is Anti-Catholic and the Pope Should Reject It

 

Back in May, I noticed an article on CRISIS magazine’s website that I knew I wouldn’t have the proper time to devote to reading. It was titled, What Does “Sustainability” Really Mean?, so I added it to my menu bar for later perusal. It was worth the wait.

“Sustainability” is one of those watchwords which has found common usage across the political spectrum. On the left, it typically raises concerns about the environmental impact of humans using limited natural resources like water and fossil fuels. On the right, there’s more worry over the sustainability of a government or economic system burdened by $18 trillion of debt. Having read William M. Briggs’s excellent article hasn’t changed my mind about the latter, but it has given me pause about the concept of sustainability generally. There’s just so much we simply don’t (and can’t) know.

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So says a report in The Australian. It’s behind a pay wall so I’ve taken this from a report on the report: Civil war has erupted at the top of the Catholic Church, with 13 ­cardinals, including Australia’s George Pell, warning the Pope in a letter that the church is in ­danger of collapsing like […]

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