PopeWatch: More Catholic Than The Pope

Monday, May 1, AD 2017



The Pope is busily dispensing some of his patented mercy again to faithful Catholics:



 Pope Francis spoke critically again of the faithful who have a strong embrace of Catholic doctrine, resorting to pejorative terms he has often used such as hypocritical and phariseeism.

“You cannot be more restrictive than the Church herself,” he told a lay association gathered Thursday morning at the Vatican, “nor more Papist than the Pope.” 

Addressing the Congress of the International Forum of Catholic Action in the Synod Hall, the pope told participants he wanted them to be out among the people and that there is a need for “active mercy.”

The theme for the association’s three-day gathering was “Catholic Action is mission, with all and for all.”

“Do not be border police,” he told the conference. 

“Please, open the doors,” Pope Francis stated, “don’t administer Christian perfection tests because you will only promote a hypocritical phariseeism.”

The pope has spoken several times as though the idea of a Christian ideal is something unattainable.

He also warned Thursday against trying to clericalize the laity.

Compelling laypeople into a vocation because they perform valued service to the Church instead leaving this to the Holy Spirit “worries me,” Pope Francis said, according to the Catholic Herald. “Do not clericalize!”

The pope spoke negatively as well about “proselytism or coercion,” the Herald report said, “which goes against the Gospel.”

“It makes me really sad to see people who are in ministry – lay, consecrated, priests, bishops – who are still playing the proselytism card,” he stated. “No! It is done through attraction. That is the genius phrase of Pope Benedict XVI.”

The notion of working to convert others to the faith is something he has repeatedly criticized previously.

In interview last month with the German newspaper Die Zeit, Pope Francis condemned proselytizing in a discussion about Germany’s vocations crisis.

“That has nothing to do with proselytism,” he said of low priest numbers in Germany. “By proselytism, you will not gain vocations … ”

He defined proselytism as “the poaching of those with a different faith, like with a charity organization who poaches members. Then many young people come, who do not feel called, and ruin the Church.”

The pope stated in October that “there is a very grave sin against ecumenism: proselytism. We should never proselytize the Orthodox!”

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13 Responses to PopeWatch: More Catholic Than The Pope

  • “Attractive proselytism is bad; unattractive proselytism is good.”

  • Why not? Not that the Orthodox would be attracted to this Papacy, but for the first thousand years of Christamity the East accepted the Papacy.

  • Are we not to tell the orthodox about the papal succession?

  • This man has never read The Acts of the Apostles.

  • What in God’s dear name is “active mercy” but a euphemism for something else?

  • Dear Father of Seven, 1. you’ve got me beat as a father of four :-).
    And – 2. your quip is excellent!

  • Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”…
    Matthew 28:19

    Evidently, Pope Francis thinks Jesus got it wrong.

  • Mary De Voe asks, “Are we not to tell the orthodox about the papal succession?”

    That was dealt with in the famous Ratzinger Formula:

    “Rome must not require more from the East with respect to the doctrine of primacy than what had been formulated and was lived in the first millennium . . . Rome need not ask for more. Reunion could take place in this context if, on the one hand, the East would cease to oppose as heretical the developments that took place in the West in the second millennium and would accept the Catholic Church as legitimate and orthodox in the form she had acquired in the course of that development, while, on the other hand, the West would recognize the Church of the East as orthodox and legitimate in the form she has always had.” Joseph Ratzinger, Principles of Catholic Theology

    This is very far from proselytizing

  • Divine Mercy is predicated on repentance. Mercy Sunday is celebrated with the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

  • Thanks for the link 😉

  • “The pope stated in October that ‘there is a very grave sin against ecumenism: proselytism. We should never proselytize the Orthodox!'”

    It is NOT that the Orthodox should be proselytized. They have valid Sacraments, valid Holy Orders. Rather, their errors should be corrected. And that’s what the Pope should do. That’s his job.

    There is much about Orthodoxy to be admired. But there are mistakes, too, and those need fixing. This Pope deliberately avoids doing that lest he seem unmerciful or closed minded or worst of all, not nice.

    BTW, saying what the Pope said is a slam again the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk. I have no issue with the Russian Orthodox Church being Russian Orthodox, but its domination among the Ukrainian Orthodox and its marginalization of the UGCC as Uniates during this on again, off again civil war whose rebels are aided and abetted by Moscow is completely wrong. The Pope needs to speak out against that instead of speaking out against stopping illegal immigrants and defeating Muslim terrorists through force of arms.

    But he doesn’t want to proselytize, so he feeds the Ukrainians to the wolves, and that’s the problem I have.

    Let Orthodox be Orthodox and Catholic be Catholic. But the Orthodox have to accept that Peter was chosen by Christ to a special role whether they like it or not. And the Pope has to take on that role and internalize it instead of ingratiating himself with every leftist eco-wacko enviro-nazi commie pinko program and policy out there.

  • The Holy Father can be reassured that I am less papist than the pope.

  • LQC wrote, “But the Orthodox have to accept that Peter was chosen by Christ to a special role whether they like it or not…”
    Of course. But the point that Joseph Ratzinger (as he then was) was making was that “Rome must not require more from the East with respect to the doctrine of primacy than what had been formulated and was lived in the first millennium…” Otherwise, we appear to be saying that the Undivided church lacked the fullness of the Catholic Faith.

Pope Francis Hates Libertarianism

Sunday, April 30, AD 2017



In a message to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Pope Francis makes clear that what really makes his blood boil is libertarianism:


Finally, I cannot but speak of the serious risks associated with the invasion, at high levels of culture and education in both universities and in schools, of positions of libertarian individualism. A common feature of this fallacious paradigm is that it minimizes the common good, that is, “living well”, a “good life” in the community framework, and exalts the selfish ideal that deceptively proposes a “beautiful life”. If individualism affirms that it is only the individual who gives value to things and interpersonal relationships, and so it is only the individual who decides what is good and what is bad, then libertarianism, today in fashion, preaches that to establish freedom and individual responsibility, it is necessary to resort to the idea of “self-causation”. Thus libertarian individualism denies the validity of the common good because on the one hand it supposes that the very idea of “common” implies the constriction of at least some individuals, and the other that the notion of “good” deprives freedom of its essence.

The radicalization of individualism in libertarian and therefore anti-social terms leads to the conclusion that everyone has the “right” to expand as far as his power allows, even at the expense of the exclusion and marginalization of the most vulnerable majority. Bonds would have to be cut inasmuch as they would limit freedom. By mistakenly matching the concept of “bond” to that of “constraint”, one ends up confusing what may condition freedom – the constraints – with the essence of created freedom, that is, bonds or relations, family and interpersonal, with the excluded and marginalized, with the common good, and finally with God.

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28 Responses to Pope Francis Hates Libertarianism

  • I don’t want to put words in his mouth, but it seems as if he says whatever you think of Jesus is irrelevant. Be a good person; do good things as defined by more modern, progressive sensitivities; embrace a socialist world view; and it’s heaven bound. A Pelagius meets Marx Romans Road. I might be wrong. But the more he talks, the more this is what I hear.

  • True Dave. The Pope proposes endless and instant mercy for those who commit what the Church traditionally defines as sin; not so much for those who do not share his political beliefs.

  • “The radicalization of individualism in libertarian and therefore anti-social terms leads to the conclusion that everyone has the “right” to expand as far as his power allows, even at the expense of the exclusion and marginalization of the most vulnerable majority.”

    Bull crap. Bull freaking crap! The ignorant, indolent, decadent majority are precisely the problem. They are the ones who exclude and marginalized the individual. Two wolves and one sheep voting on what’s for dinner – Democracy – is precisely the problem. This Pope knows nothing about the principle of the non-initiation of force inherent in libertarianism which denies to the individual “the ‘right’ to expand as far as his power allows.”

    What Jorge Bergioglio really hates is the individual person being held responsible before man and before God for the consequences of his own actions or inactions. He hates that. He cannot conceive what St. Paul wrote so long ago: whatsoever a man soweth, that also shall he reap. Here is a decade old You Tube video that explains what this Pope’s mind is not big enough to comprehend.


    PS, I am not libertarian. The reason why is that the Libertarian Party supports abortion and sodomy. Undermining the family, the building block of society, by things like abortion and sodomy is suicidal. No individual has the right to initiate force against anyone else. Abortion is force directly – murder of a human being. Sodomy is force indirectly – murder of marriage between one man and one woman, the foundation of the family. So if the Pope opposed Libertarianism on those grounds, then I could see his point. Instead however he vaults off into the usual social justice, common good, peace at any price nonsense: all that Argentinian Marxist Peronist idiocy. He does NOT point to SIN (abortion and sodomy) in order to forbid it.

    Until this Pope is deposed and anathematized, the Church will continue to fall.

  • The state controlling the economy for the “good” of society. If good is being hungry and unable to receive medical attention when needed. If good is having to kill pets and animals who live in the zoo just to feed one’s self. Good then isn’t good enough for me. Venezuela?

    Oh. A good dance is all that’s needed.
    Dance and be merry; http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/04/27/venezuela-maduro-everyone-must-dance/

  • A Rectification of Names seems to be in order.

  • The problem is that His Holiness is not as smart or as educated as he thinks he is. He opines without understanding, leaning on the Papacy as a crutch which prevents critique from reaching his settled consciousness. He is anti-intellectual and dogmatic, harsh and unkind, judgmental and impatient and all of those flaws are elevated to goods by his supporters, thereby reinforcing his elevated sense of self.

    Honestly, if you and Father Z stopped covering his nonsense, I wouldn’t have any idea what embarrassing thing he said, on any given day. I have tuned him out. The moment I read “Pope Francis…” I move to the next article.

    This is new for me. I devoured Benedict’s writings and JPII’s as well. I read Chaput’s writings and Burke’s so it isn’t that I don’t want to hear from learned church men, it is that Pope Francis isn’t, and that is a tragedy.

  • Hey! What happened to your website? I want the old one back….No graphics, side bars,favorite sites, links, where’s the Eagle? Looks so bare….I’m sure it’s the same content, but I don’t like how it looks. Bare bones. Sorry just looks so boring…
    Also- can’t see what you are typing in below for name et…? What’s going on?

  • OOPS! Must be something on my computer! The site just came back the way it always was, pictures, colours, blogroll, even the little bust of Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus in a circle! Never mind!

  • The Pope cannot make use of political terminology in a way that is explanatory rather than confounding. With regard to libertarian social thought, you can come up with a half-dozen strands of it in just the English-speaking world. I don’t expect the Pope to write compare-and-contrast essays about the writings of John Stuart Mill and Milton Friedman, but if he’s going to open his trap, he might just know the lay of the land a bit.

  • I really despise much of what I have read about Libertarianism. At least to how it projects itself in the USA, Libertarians favor laissez-faire economics, abortion, gay marriage, complete legalization of drugs, legalization of prostitution and completely open borders. There is no morality except fulfilling your own desires….Ayn Rand on steroids.

    The Roman Pontiff’s ramblings on libertarianism are not unlike Don Quixote charging the windmills.

  • Christine, That happens once or twice a week.

    The man never fails to disappoint.

    Totalitarian mindset: Don’t look at what’s happening in Venezuela and every place they forced socialism on a people.

    Elites and the smart kids are killing America and Europe, and, in particular, the middle classes. US National debt deteriorated 89% rising $9.4 trillion from $10.6 trillion to $20 trillion. National debt per capital nearly doubled going to $61,340 from $31,000. Labor force participation rate crashed 5% from 65.8% to 62.8%.

    Home Ownership Rate dropped from 67.3% to 63.5%. Real Median Household Income declined 6.4% from $57,744 to $54,045. Food stamp dependence worsened by 36% from 32 million to 43.6 million.

    Persons in poverty rose by 7 million destitute Americans deteriorating 18% to 45 million from 38 million.

    Never achieved 3% annual GDP growth. The powers-that-be not only fear and loathe the masses, they are totally incompetent.

    To be fair, he’s not the first Pope to tell peasants to keep in their place.

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  • Libertarians favor laissez-faire economics, abortion, gay marriage, complete legalization of drugs, legalization of prostitution and completely open borders. There is no morality except fulfilling your own desires….Ayn Rand on steroids.

    Ayn Rand had no time for the Libertarian Party or the libertarian wing of the Young Americans for Freedom. Neither she nor her literary executors have taken an interest in striking attitudes in the realm of practical politics. She endorsed Gerald Ford.

    What you say is pretty true of the strand of libertarianism you find in the Libertarian Party and the Reason Foundation. Another strand is very concerned with the protection of private property, positive law, the maintenance of legal tradition concerned with private property and freedom of contract, and so forth. They’re not invested in promoting adolescent pursuits. A modern thinker in this vein would be Gottfried Dietze. The tricorn hat wing of starboard politics has a great affinity for this sort of libertarianism.

  • How is this any different from the leftist garbage put forth by practically every western bishop? Just look at how our bishops here in the U.S., even those who are considered strongly orthodox, repackage left-wing economic and suicidal immigration policies as Catholic Social Doctrine and, like Pope Francis, smear those who take differing, yet legitimately Catholic positions on these issues.

  • Remember, this is a man who flunked his doctoral comps, let alone composed a functional thesis, but all the time parades himself as a Great Mind.

  • Supreme Comrade Bergoglio has again shown himself to be both an enemy of Man and an enemy of God as he opposes freedom and celebrates oppression.

  • Don R Mc et al, What will we do in future if and when a person who accepts and follows the Magisterium is elected Pope? Not to worry? The St G Mafia is in control? Re Mercy, see below. Guy McClung, San Antonio TX

    La Misericordia Bulla

    Mercy for you, mercy from me.
    Hosanna, mercy! Hosanna, me !

    Dogma says “don’t”, doctrine says “whoa”!
    Tradition says “halt”. Serviam? I say No.

    Sin can be virtue, virtue be sin.
    But mercy is mercy, Voila! Sin again.

    Obstinate, harsh, hateful justice is wrong.
    Mercy the prize, dance to my song.

    Mercy the rock, the rock built on me.
    So it is now and ever will be.

    Mercy for all, unring the bell.
    Satan is saved, though his ideal is hell

    Mercy for you, mercy from me.
    Hosanna, mercy! Hosanna, me!

    Guy McClung
    Catholic Lane 2016

  • I wonder where “free will” fits into the view of this communist anti-pope? Whenever he opens his mouth, his foolishness and complete lack of Christian charity cause me to experience spiritual revulsion. I believe he is evil incarnate.

  • The sub-group of Libertarians he describes are a serious issue, all the more because they are frequently the result of people who broke free of the nasty communist philosophies.

    That is probably why he is upset by it– we’ve noticed before that he seems to be trying to “reach out” to those caught in the soul-devouring philosophy, and in this case– zip! They go from one ditch to clear across the other side of the road, right into the other ditch.

    They’re both bad because they both reject the inherent value of people; one by insisting there’s no worth to people, only groups, the other by insisting there’s no worth to people, only individuals.

    On a practical level, the “everything is OK if it’s freely chosen by the individual,” usually with a requirement for explicit agreement (to get them out of the reality that having sex IS trying to make a baby, or to excuse them from having to support that which they were happy to use) is a rather big problem, because just like communism it doesn’t work. Both philosophies have to keep getting new resources because they can’t build up.

  • Tom Woods has an interesting take on this: essentially “Libertarian” to a European means “libertine.” Not at all the same thing as “libertarian” to an American.

  • Yves Simon’s General Theory of Authority is very good on this question.

    “Human communities are the highest attainment of nature for they are virtually unlimited with regard to diversity of perfections, and are virtually immortal.” He is talking not about what God has in mind for us in eternal life but what, in this world, is the purpose of the “highest of the practical sciences,” as Aristotle called politics.

    The polity, at its best, was designed that men bring forth the perfection of their knowing and artistic capacities within an order that allowed them to pass individual lives benefiting from the temporal and spiritual goods made possible by different persons bringing forth differing accomplishments and perfections, yet making them available to each other.

    “Beyond the satisfaction of individual needs, the association of men serves a good unique in plenitude and duration, the common good of the human community.” This “common good” is not a separate “being” into which individual persons are somehow subsumed. Rather it is a “good” that recognizes that each citizen also has a transcendent destiny that is not merely political. Moreover, the polity itself exists as a relation of order among men, whose being, whose substance, grounds the polity’s reality, which cannot exist without them.

    The highest activity/being in the natural order is free arrangement of men about what is good brought together in an actual polity where it is no longer a mere abstraction. This is, as it were, the inner-worldly purpose of our being on this earth. The polity itself, however, is, or should be, organized in such a fashion that the transcendent finality of each individual person is recognized as operative in him.

  • The polity, at its best, was designed that men bring forth the perfection of their knowing and artistic capacities within an order that allowed them to pass individual lives benefiting from the temporal and spiritual goods made possible by different persons bringing forth differing accomplishments and perfections, yet making them available to each other.

    Uh huh. Can we start with ‘defend the shores, deliver the mail, pick up the trash, and clap the local hoodlums in jail”? When we get some basics down, maybe we consider some other things.

  • Christine, the website has changed on my computer also. The comment space is small about a 1/4″.
    Sometimes the information on the right side of the site is there and sometimes not. Liked the website the way it was, but I’m happy that TAC is still in business.

  • Art Deco wrote, “Uh huh. Can we start with ‘defend the shores, deliver the mail, pick up the trash, and clap the local hoodlums in jail”?”
    “If the state is confused with civil society, and if its specific end is laid down as the security and protection of property and personal freedom, then the interest of the individuals as such becomes the ultimate end of their association, and it follows that membership of the state is something optional. But the state’s relation to the individual is quite different from this. Since the state is mind objectified, it is only as one of its members that the individual himself has objectivity, genuine individuality, and an ethical life. Unification pure and simple is the true content and aim of the individual, and the individual’s destiny is the living of a universal life. His further particular satisfaction, activity and mode of conduct have this substantive and universally valid life as their starting point and their result.” G W Hegel, “Philosophy of Right” 258

  • Thanks for the verbal chaff. It’s been an education.

  • Or, the polity can fail even “to deliver the mail, pick up the garbage” and yet try to slap the citizenry with a massive unsustainable pension debt—a reward by polits to their government union friends and employees: e.g., that ultimately benighted state, Puerto Rico, files for a form of Ch.9-like bankruptcy.

    And soon likewise: Philadelphia, perhaps the State of Illinois, and as certain as Habakkuk’s watch, this equally morally darkened state of Californication.

  • The Pope knows about as much about the substance of Libertarianism and Pius IX knew about Modernism. Both looked at the framework and decided the didn’t like what was inside, never mind that they didn’t even to try to separate the real from the dross. Both Pontiffs were obviously affected by their background and environment which is all the more reason for them to step out of their comfort zones in order to become informed enough to comment competently. Finally, what is truly regrettable is that such simply gives ammunition to those who consider the Church backward, hidebound and irrelevant.

  • Yup.
    He is what he is: a 1970s Liberation Theology Jesuit.
    Which means he is a socialist, communist sympathizer.
    Thanks for nothin’, Jorge’.

PopeWatch: Ad Orientem

Saturday, April 29, AD 2017



From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:


After conducting his first symphony since being named Maestro of the New Mexico Philharmonic, Chinese-born Li Wei Chen has been under heavy scrutiny from longtime patrons for conducting Beethoven’s famous 9th Symphony while facing the orchestra.

Season subscriber Lance Humphrey told EOTT that he was offended that Chen did not conduct facing the audience like their old maestro.

“Look, I understand that the symphony is still the symphony no matter what, but I just think that turning his back toward us while conducting just takes us back to an archaic time.”

Many have reportedly labelled Chen a “Symphonic Rad Trad,” saying that he was out of touch with mainstream music.

New Mexico Symphony donor Cecilia Cotes told EOTT that it reminded her of times when she would be in music class and would be “whacked on the knuckles with a violin bow.”

“It’s completely outdated. What we want is Maestro Chen to turn and face us so that we can feel like we’re participating in the orchestral movements. Does that make sense?”

At press time, Chen has said that he would not turn to face the people, but would consider allowing a number patrons on stage to turn the pages of the sheet music during concerts.

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PopeWatch: Egypt

Friday, April 28, AD 2017


The Pope faces a situation on the ground far different from the view of Islam as a religion of peace that he has repeated ad nauseum:


Pope Francis is facing a religious and diplomatic balancing act as he heads to Egypt this weekend, hoping to comfort its Christian community after a spate of Islamic attacks while seeking to improve relations with Egypt’s Muslim leaders.

Security has been tightened, with shops ordered closed and police conducting door-to-door checks in the upscale Cairo neighborhood where Francis will stay Friday night. His only public Mass is being held at a military-run stadium.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said Francis wasn’t overly concerned and wouldn’t use an armored car, as his predecessors did on foreign trips. Francis insisted on going ahead with the trip even after twin Palm Sunday church bombings killed at least 45 people and a subsequent attack at the famed St. Catherine’s monastery in Sinai.

“We’re in the world of ‘new normal,'” Burke said. “But we go forward with serenity.”

The highlight of the two-day trip will be Francis’ visit Friday to Al-Azhar, the revered 1,000-year-old seat of learning in Sunni Islam. There, he will meet privately with grand imam Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, and participate in an international peace conference.

Francis has insisted that Christian-Muslim dialogue is the only way to overcome Islamic extremism of the kind that has targeted Christians and driven them from their 2,000-year-old communities in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. While condemning extremist attacks against Christians, he has said he is traveling to Egypt as a messenger of peace at a time when the world is “torn by blind violence.”

But his message of dialogue and tolerance has been rejected as naive by even some of his fellow Jesuits, for whom Islam remains “a religion of the sword” that has failed to modernize. Even ordinary Egyptian Christians see his visit as a nice gesture but one that ultimately won’t change their reality.

“He has been saying the same words for years, which is all about love and tolerance, but political Islam ruined the world and the most important change should come from Al-Azhar,” said John, a 24-year-old Coptic Christian student from Cairo who declined to give his last name because he feared reprisals.

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  • My prayers are for his safety.
    The encouragement he can provide to the Christian community might only be surface, however they live, suffer and die in their harsh anti-Christian climate.
    Change in the hearts of radical Islam is doubtful, yet this visit is going to reach below the surface because “Be not afraid,” is the commonality being shared with the fellow Christians…and weakness, discouragement and futility isn’t the message that they will receive from PF’ visit. Just his presence will help encourage, strengthen and fortify their hearts. If nothing else.

    He deserves our prayers in my opinion.

  • Dialogue…blah, blah, blah.
    Queen Isabel, Charles Martel and John Sobieski showed the world how to deal with Islam.

  • with all due respect, someone needs to explain that denial is not a river in Egypt.

  • Taking anything good from any attempt to do good isn’t a form a denial. It’s a form of hope. Unseen works that causes a transformation of heart is not always visible at the onset. Afterwards however it can be seen as works being done by God.
    The instruments are not always gold chalices adorned with precious stones.

    If my hope is in vain then shame on me..not for hoping, but for allowing others to cause my heart to doubt God’s mercy and works from whomever he wishes to work through.

  • I agree with Penguins Fan above. Ceterum autem censeo Islamismum esse delendum! Vive Christe Rex!

Bear Growls: No Love From This Teddy

Thursday, April 27, AD 2017



Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear does not think much of the Pope’s TED talk:


Everybody loves to hate TED talks. It is an official entry on the “Stuff White People Like” website. Comedian Sam Hyde was spot on when he gave a ridiculously self-congratulatory TED talk on “the 2070 Paradigm Shift” a few years ago, while dressed like a Greek hoplite.

With his “Neo-Earth Good Government League” he should have been the warm-up act for Francis’ TED talk.

 Among the gems (this is Sam Hyde):

What inspires me, is teaching African refugees how to program Javascript. What inspires me is finding out how to use MagLev trains to get resources to the moon. These are the challenges that tomorrow’s going to face.

It should be no surprise that Pope Francis popped up on a TED to talk about the “Future You.”
The Bear finds that phrase ominous, since, actuarially, the future Bear will shortly be fertilizing the daisy patch. But, of course, the future is full of hope for Pope Francis. But what kind of hope?
As the Bear read the bland comments, he recalled the brilliant po-mo generator that assembles jargon into academic essays that have fooled at least one journal. It would not be hard to create a “Francis Generator” that did a quick paste job using solidarity, refugees, migrants, youth, arms dealers, dialogue, and those evil northern bastards who stole everything from the south, etc.

This talk could have been generated by the Bear’s hypothetical program. And it is just as hard to write a sensible story about. You can skim it for yourself. It isn’t that long. It is devoid of any genuine Catholic insights. The theological virtue of Hope is reduced to an expectation for a better tomorrow – here on earth. Pope Francis actually calls for a revolution. A worldly revolution, of course, that would put in power progressives like himself.

It makes an uncomfortable read, because you realize that this is not someone who is all that interested in souls, or Heaven, or any of that stuff. Jorge Bergoglio was elected Pope to advance the agenda of the Prince of This World. His gospel is the anti-gospel of the Prince of This World.

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  • For this pontiff, Marxists are just “Christians in a hurry.” His admiration is palpable, tinged with green, even.

  • I agree with St. Corbinian’s Bear. Depose and anathematize Jorge Bergoglio, and never ever elect another Latin American to the Papacy until leftism is eradicated from South America.

  • 🙄 🙄
    My favorite was a pic of former Secretary of State Mrs. Clinton with the caption; “I am and have always been an advocate for children.”

    Those blobs of tissues would disagree.

  • Oops.
    Wrong thread.

  • So little of what this pontiff talks about pertains to Christ or everlasting life in heaven or repentance for one’s sins. It’s always something to do with left wing political issues. Outside of the elites in the American coasts, academia, Ontario, and the EU, the world has had about enough of leftist crap.

  • People, even ordinary Catholic people notice it—the sheer polit-sprach Zarathustra of Jorge the Red—is now too much to take.

  • We need Sam Hyde in Pope Francis drag to do a spiel on the needs of the modern world (love sweet love) and the misguided myths of Catholicism.

PopeWatch: Ted Talk

Thursday, April 27, AD 2017


PopeWatch guesses this was inevitalbe:  The Pope gives a TED Talk.  TED Talks are videos by individuals with ideas that the TED media organization  (Technology, Entertainment, Design) deem worthy of being spread.  Started in 1984 in Silicon Valley, the first videos were technical in nature.  Now, most of the videos seem to convey ideas viewed as non-threatening by the global chattering classes.  Apparently the Pope is clearly in that category.  Here is the transcript of the Pope’s address:

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6 Responses to PopeWatch: Ted Talk

  • What I would have said to the liberal progressive feminists who frequent TED talks and invariably support and advocate sodomy and infanticide of the unborn:

    “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?” Matthew 23:33

    “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17

    It is time to flee Sodom and Gomorrah instead of ingratiating one’s self with the inhabitants of those cities.

  • The best TED talk I heard was one which taught you the proper way to tie your shoe laces so they don’t get loose. Actually informative.

  • “Why the only future worth building includes everyone” Our Creator already did build a
    future that includes everyone, but some refuse to include themself. FREEDOM must remain free.

  • Mary De Voe hit the proverbial nail on the head.

  • “Fortunately, there are also those who are creating a new world by taking care of the other, even out of their own pockets. Mother Teresa actually said: ‘One cannot love, unless it is at their own expense.’”

    Finally! Something His Holiness and I agree on!

    “So, your holiness, can I quote you the next time someone questions my Christian bona fides due to my lack of support for expanding social programs through the State? I mean, it sounds like we are in agreement that it doesn’t count as charity if one takes the money of another to provide it.”

  • David, Libs aren’t too smart. You need to speak very slowly and use small words.

    Progressives likely can’t understand the truth. Peter doesn’t derive physical conditioning benefits by forcing Paul to do 100 push-ups a day.

    20 April 2017, Instapundit: “Social Justice is collective guilt and punishment, which means it’s actually injustice. Individuals only can be praised or punished for that which they have done.”

PopeWatch: Venezuela

Wednesday, April 26, AD 2017


The Pope has gone silent on Venezuela where a low level civil war is underway as desperate people take to the streets against their Castro wannabe government.  Father Raymond de Souza wonders why:



For a brief period, the Vatican was involved as a mediator in talks between the Maduro regime and the opposition. The government was happy for the Vatican role, for it believed that it gave them added legitimacy. The opposition trusted the Church because of the longstanding criticism of Chavismo by the Venezuelan bishops, led by Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas.

The mediation role required the Vatican to maintain general neutrality its public diplomacy. However, the mediation talks were short-lived due to the Maduro regime failing to meet the conditions for the talks to continue, which included release of political prisoners and respect for democratic norms.

As the locus of activity has moved to the streets, the Venezuelan bishops have become pointedly critical of the Maduro regime and more clearly allied with the opposition, which has the people on its side against Maduro, who controls the courts and the military.

Maduro has thus unleashed government goons against the Church, entering parish churches to disrupt Masses. On Wednesday of Holy Week, Maduro’s men burst into the Chrism Mass of Cardinal Urosa, shouting threats and physically assaulting the cardinal.

It would therefore seem time for a thunderous denunciation from Francis against the Maduro regime. Certainly, the government has brought to Venezuela an “economy that kills,” with people dying for lack of food and medicine, to say nothing of protesters dying in the streets. The path of dialogue has long been abandoned by a regime that sends armed men into churches to intimidate the Church by threatening people at prayer.

So why has the Vatican gone quiet? Why no strong statement of solidarity with Cardinal Urosa, attacked in his own cathedral in Holy Week? Why no mention of the suffering people of Venezuela in this Easter’s Urbi et Orbi?

It may be a genuine uncertainty about the best path forward, though it is quite clear that Venezuela’s bishops have lost confidence in the Maduro regime. It may be thought that strong words from the Holy See might further inflame Maduro’s violence against the Church.

Or it may be that such a step would require Francis to direct criticism at a Latin American leftist, which he heretofore has not done. To the contrary, Latin American leftists have enjoyed favour under this pope, with both Raul Castro of Cuba and Evo Morales of Bolivia getting unusually warm receptions on visits to the Vatican.

The Holy Father has yet to visit his native Argentina, but chose Cuba and Bolivia for significant moments in his papal travels. To come out against the Maduro regime would require a break with Castro and Morales specifically, and the militant Latin American left more generally.

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  • “Again we say: Marxist socialism is the wrong way, and therefore should not be set in Venezuela.”


    A Wrong Way to say the least.

    No disrespect to this topic, however I am certain that our Nation came so close to sliding down the Wrong Way.
    Obama and female Obama in pantsuits would see Venezuela as a model. A blueprint of elite success to wipe out all middle class and govern the serfs.

    Thank you and God for giving U.S. a chance to get back on course.

    May PF ponder the plight of the Venezuelan people while studying this letter. May freedom win. May dignity and prosperity return to Venezuela by means of free trade and democracy. God help them and help us to support them once the current leadership has been disbanded.

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  • The Pope is a leftist. So he cannot criticize Venezuela’s govt. And he won’t. Leftism is more important to him than Christ.

  • Re: LQC. “Leftism is more important to him than Christ.” I think we can be sure of one thing: that the situation in Venezuela will only be worse after the Pope’s visit as his message is from the evil one.

  • Venezuela is the neighbor of my wife’s home country, Colombia. The two nations share the same founders, Bolivar and Santander, the same language, a similar culture and, for a time, a somewhat integrated economy. There are important differences.
    Originally, Bolivar wanted to found a nation, Gran Colombia. Colombia was Nuevo Granada and where the most important battles in the war for independence from Spain were fought.

    Bolivar was not much appreciated in his last days. After his death, his dream of Gran Colomiba evaporated. While Colombia, often plagued with violence, has maintained an elected government Venezuela has often been ruled by caudillos. Much of the “llanos” (plains) of Venezuela are under water for a good part of the year due to the seasonal rains. The Rio Orinoco is basically unused as a means of transporting goods or raw materials. Venezuela relied far too much on oil as a basis for its economy and thus is subject to the fluctuations of global oil demand. What’s more, Venezuelan crude oil is heavy in sulfur content and the only refineries that can handle it are in the United States. Historically Catholic, the Church has never had the clout in Venezuela one would think it should have.

    Chavez and his “Bolivarismo” has been an unmitigated disaster. Chavez squandered Venezuelan wealth on getting leftists elected in Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil. He gave Cuba oil and provided aid and comfort to the FARC narcoterrorists in Colombia.
    So, Venezuela exports to the United States baseball players and young women who sign up for dating services to meet American men. My wife did translating work for one of them in Colombia.

    The Venezuelan people are going to have to solve this by themselves. They embraced the lunatic thief Chavez and his partner in crime Maduro. Private manufacturing sites have been seized. PDVSA, the Venezuelan state oil company, infested with Chavez cronies, is corrupt and inefficient. Maduro wants to become another Castro. This will get worse before it gets better.

  • The Venezuelan bishops have issued another pastoral letter on January 13, 2017 entitled Jesus Christ, the Light and the Way for Venezuela. Here is a link to some excerpts: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/venezuelas-crisis-demands-a-timetable-for-elections-bishops-exhort-89249/

  • I suspect the Pope hasn’t a clue how to process events in Venezuela. Most of us in this country (I suspect) believe that private property, freedom, and order are mutually re-inforcing characteristics. The Pope at times seems to think of commerce and industry as species of street crime. Also, one way to look at the Chavez movement and it’s kin in Ecuador and Bolivia is to see them as a revival of Peronism in its original form and mode of practice. Peron was not the only praetorian populist of his era – you had Jacobo Arbenz and Gustavo Rojas Piniilla during his first tour in office and Omar Torrijos, Juan Jose Torres and Juan Velasco Alvarado around the time of his return in 1973.

PopeWatch: Maradiaga

Tuesday, April 25, AD 2017


Carl Olsen at The Catholic World Report  demonstrates why Cardinal Maradiaga, who is very close to the Pope, is an insult to all sentient Catholics:


The three key remarks are as follows:
I think in the first place they [the four cardinals] have not read the Amoris Laetitia, because unfortunately this is the case! I know the four and I say they are already retired. How come they did not say anything in regard to those who manufacture weapons? Some are in countries that manufacture and sell weapons throughout the genocide that is happening in Syria, for example. Why? I would not want to put it – shall we say – too strongly; only God knows people’s consciences and inner motivations; but, from the outside it seems to me to be a new pharisaism. They are wrong; they should do something else. …

I think the car of the Church has no gear to go in reverse. It pulls itself forward because the Holy Spirit is not accustomed to go backwards. He always brings us forward. I am not afraid because I know it is not Francis, it is the Holy Spirit who guides the Church, and that, if He has allowed this Pontiff to come, it is for some reason, and we certainly ought to look to the future with hope because, more and more, the Church is God’s, it is not our own. We are only servants. …
Let us look above all at reality, because to see also if there aren’t many cases of those who are in a second union–we will not enter there because there are many reasons– but that they in a healthy conscience [feel] that their first marriage was not valid and that they have found a new family, they are living in conformity to the law of God, why throw stones? why? Instead of saying, “How are we doing with the new generation because they could prepare themselves better to have a good family. And this is Amoris Laetitia… It happens that so many times the methods that these four brothers [the four cardinals] only look at, who think that they are the bosses [or masters] of the doctrine of faith [pensano che sono i capi della dottrina della fede], they don’t look at the the very great majority of the faithful who are happy with Amoris Laetitia.” [translations courtesy of Andrew Guernsey]

Although relatively short, these remarks speak volumes. Some thoughts:
1) It is revealing, to put it mildly, how often those who criticize the four cardinals—Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra, Walter Brandmüller and Joachim Meisner—do so in such a personal, rude manner. This is to be expected of course in the woolly thickets of blogs and personal sites, but this is often the case coming from high-ranking prelates and others who are close to Pope Francis. That said, they may simply be emulating the Holy Father himself, who has a, well, colorful way of addressing those he disagrees with or thinks need to be put in their place. To say, as Cardinal Maradiaga does, that Cardinals Burke, Caffarra, Brandmüller and Meisner, have not actually read the controversial Apostolic Exhortation is the sort of low, embarrassing pot shot best suited for teenagers. That he says with such obvious disdain is bothersome, even scandalous.

2) It is a further example of how some of those close to Francis, and even the Holy Father himself, refuse to seriously address pressing, thoughtful, cogent, and important questions regarding marriage, morality, the sacraments, and a number of related matters. Put bluntly, it reveals either a sad superficiality or a dismissive disdain. Neither possibility engenders much trust or peace of mind.

3) The sorry attempt to change the subject by referring to the manufacturing of weapons (a popular theme with Francis, who in June 2015 denounced those who manufacture weapons and then criticized the Allies for not bombing trains during World War II) and the use of the tired—and rather ludicrous—descriptive “pharisaism” not only reveals disdain, but a consistent strategy: to isolate, label, and destroy. The focus (shrewdly, from that perspective) is on the alleged, if vague, faults of critics, who are routinely dismissed as pharisaical, rigid, dogmatic, and so forth.

4) If the four Cardinals are wrong, as Cardinal Maradiaga states, then simply show it. It’s starting to remind me of the kid in junior high who claims to have a football signed by Terry Bradshaw but never shows it to anyone because it’s in storage, it got lost, and so forth. But he keeps bragging about it. At some point you realize the football doesn’t exist.

5) The appeal to the Holy Spirit—also used in equally vague and sloppy ways by Cardinal Farrell back in October 2016—is a red herring; it is meant to suggest that nearly everything the Holy Father says and does is directly inspired by the Holy Spirit. In fact, Cardinal Farrell stated: “Do we believe that he didn’t inspire our Holy Father Pope Francis in writing this document?” In fact, speaking with some needed precision, papal and conciliar texts are not “inspired” by the Holy Spirit; rather, the Holy Spirit protects the Magisterium from formally teaching error in matters of faith and morals. The language of “inspiration”, strictly speaking, is almost always (if not always) confined to the deposit of faith; that is, divine revelation as transmitted through Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture. Which is why the fathers at Vatican II noted, in Dei Verbum, that “we now await no further new public revelation before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ” (DV, 4). Insinuating that the Church can change teachings simply because Pope A or Pope B decides he wishes to is problematic, to say the least; this is especially the case when the matter at hand has to do with the very nature of the sacraments, the proper role of conscience, and the life of grace (as I’ve discussed elsewhere).

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  • Your thoughts on Maradiagas rant are sensible. Many centuries ago blood was spilt between clerics who sat across from each other debating dogmas and sound theological principals. It wasn’t all pleasantries and refined decorum. I’m​ recalling a lecture from years ago at Marytown and the presentation he gave spoke of the heated debates leading to brawls before the acceptance of the truths we now take for granted. Holy Spirit? Both sides claimed that they had authentic promptings from the Holy Spirit. In time and in bloodshed, the truth was and is that matters of doctrine must be accurate and supported by TRUTH regardless of “feelings.”

    I’m not suggesting a cage fight between Cardinals. I am in favor of teams opposed to each other sit down and hammer this out for the sake of souls and their final destination.

  • Philip, when both sides sincerely seek the truth, hammering things out sometimes works, when one side seeks to undermine the truth, their can be no compromise without capitulation to untruth. Some things are simply not negotiable.

  • “…when one side seeks to undermine the truth, there can be no compromise without capitulation to untruth.”

    This is what liberals do all the time – undermine the truth. You cannot argue or debate with them. It’s like wrestling with a pig in the mud. You get all dirty yourself and the pig enjoys it.

    I cannot wait for this Pontificate to be finished. That man who occupies the Seat of St Peter will NOT repent NOR recant. Will NOT.

  • Don L.

    I understand.

    The Barque of Peter is being beat up pretty good. The Ship will make it home but not before being pounded and and stressed. The owner of the Ship will make sure it’s precious cargo is intact.
    Regardless of the helmsman’s abilities or negligence.

    Be Calm…and the seas subsided.
    I must remember that.

  • …and’s were on sale today…two for one.

  • It’s very revealing that this Pope and his supporters rely not on clarity and
    honesty to persuade others of the truth and wisdom of their positions.
    Rather, there is the use of brute force, as seen in the demolition of the FFI
    and the recent gutting and dismissal of the entire Pontifical Academy for
    Life. There is a consistent use of ambiguity and confusion in pronouncements
    and a refusal to clarify– most notably in the Pope’s refusal to answer the
    dubia submitted by the four Cardinals. And there is the chicanery and
    manipulation we saw at the Synod on the Family, used to force a predetermined
    result while keeping up a fiction of collegiality. Letting proxies like Cardinal
    Maradiaga malign fellow prelates in public is another form of coercion we keep
    seeing from this Pope.

    If a leader has to resort to such low methods to obtain his desired results,
    it means that he knows that his agenda, when plainly stated, would never
    persuade men of integrity. Like LQ Cinncinnatus said above, I too cannot
    wait for this miserable pontificate to be finished.

  • It’s very revealing that this Pope and his supporters rely not on clarity and
    honesty to persuade others of the truth and wisdom of their positions.
    Rather, there is the use of brute force, as seen in the demolition of the FFI
    and the recent gutting and dismissal of the entire Pontifical Academy for
    Life. There is a consistent use of ambiguity and confusion in pronouncements
    and a refusal to clarify– most notably in the Pope’s refusal to answer the
    dubia submitted by the four Cardinals. And there is the chicanery and
    manipulation we saw at the Synod on the Family, used to force a predetermined
    result while keeping up a fiction of collegiality. Letting proxies like Cardinal
    Maradiaga malign fellow prelates in public is another form of coercion we keep
    seeing from this Pope.

    If a leader has to resort to such low methods to obtain his desired results,
    it means that he knows that his agenda, when plainly stated, would never
    persuade men of integrity. Like LQ Cinncinnatus said above, I too cannot
    wait for this miserable pontificate to be finished.

  • Clinton.
    Your words are good enough to be repeated! Bravo!

  • As Joseph Butler, the Bishop of Bristol and a celebrated Anglican divine, philosopher and apologist, said to John Wesley, the noted ranter and enthusiast, “Any pretension to revelations or gifts of the Holy Spirit is a horrid thing, sir, a very horrid thing.”

  • Thanks, Philip.
    Not quite sure how I double-posted…

  • Gamesmanship leavened on occasion with petty abuse. Sounds like a standard issue Anglican vicar, post 1930 vintage. You contemplate what the Church was in 1958 and where we are today. It all fell apart so quickly.

  • Maradiaga sounds a bit snide when he refers to them as “already retired”. once he said about them…”they don’t understand reality”
    But the four cardinals exhibit spiritual maturity – strength and courage.

  • The words ‘mafia papacy’ spring to mind when reading Carl Olsen article on consiglierie Maradiaga and godfather Bergoglio whose racket is offering cheap grace in order to control people’s souls. These people are clearly in league with the devil who goes about the world for the ruin of souls.

PopeWatch: National Suicide

Monday, April 24, AD 2017

The Pope recently made two observations about the mass Islamic migration to Italy that he has cheered on.  One observation is getting all the attention but the second is much more significant:

Speaking in Italian he said: ‘I don’t know if he was able to get out of that concentration camp because the refugee camps – many – are concentration (camps) because they are crowded with so many people.

The American Jewish Committee soon after urged the pontiff to ‘reconsider his regrettable choice of words,’ Reuters reported.

AJC CEO David Harris said: ‘The conditions in which migrants are currently living in some European countries may well be difficult and deserve still greater international attention, but concentration camps they certainly are not.


Pope Francis also urged northern Italy to take more migrants and hoped that the generosity of the south of the country could ‘infect the north a bit.’

He added that Italy had one of the world’s lowest birth rates and said: ‘If we close the doors to migrants, this is called suicide.’ 

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PopeWatch: Hopeful Shack Up

Saturday, April 22, AD 2017


From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:



Local Catholic Becky Donaldson confirmed this week that she is absolutely confident that her live-in boyfriend of eight years, Kevin Reynolds,  will soon be proposing.

“I’m just so excited,” a teary-eyed Donaldson told some of her girlfriends gathered at a local restaurant last night. “We’ve been waiting until we’re in a financially comfortable situation. I mean, we were financially comfortable a few years ago, and then he bought the jet skis, so we’ve been working on getting financially comfortable again since then.”

Donaldson went on to say that after eight years of living with Kevin, not counting the other four years they were dating while living separately, she couldn’t wait for the wedding so that their life could finally begin.

“I imagine our lives are going to be totally different after we’re married. I mean, we’ve been living together for eight years and dating for four, and we bought this house together five years ago. We’re pretty much done having fun and I think we’re ready to settle down and start having children. I guess that’s why it’s been taking him so long to propose, you know? We just needed to live our lives before we had kids.”

Donaldson was heard later in the evening advising her younger, single friends to not get married and have children until they had done all their travelling and fun activities since “once you have children all fun stops and you die inside.”

“Not saying that living with him has all been fun and games, of course. He has annoying little quirks, but those will obviously be transformed by the magical powers of the sacrament. We don’t go to church, but I’ve heard about all the magic that the sacrament of matrimony does for a relationship, so I expect his snoring and his leaving the toilet seat up to stop soon after the wedding. Not to mention him leaving dirty dishes and empty beer bottles on the coffee table, putting his dirty clothes on the floor next to the hamper instead of inside the hamper, putting the toilet paper roll on the holder backwards, so that the tail end is against the wall and so on.”

At press time Kevin has been spotted sneaking out of the house to go shopping for jet ski trailers.

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  • Lol. The same is said for contraception, “oh we’ll think about having a child of another someday, right after______.”
    Hence this problem.

    No ones thinking about having children, their thinking about not having children.

  • Sorry about my miss spelling, my phone screen is small, and Siri has a mind of her own.

  • That’s right, Dolores. He’ll change after he marries you. One wonders how the divorce rate doesn’t approximate 100%.

    Wonderful! Shifting gears from recreation to procreation makes it all OK? So much for 12 years of fornication . . .

    Face it, ladies. Many men just are not that “into” you. No pun intended. Feminism (abortion, contraception, PP, my-body-my-self, etc.) is great for men on the make.

    PS: I put my empty beer can (a shot and a beer a night whether or not I need it) in the sink. And, I still get the “fish-eyes.”

    Now, I am sneaking out to buy lotto tix, er, milk.

  • Sad but true…The upside down culture.
    Take Planned Parenthood. Should be Planned Genocide.

    Today it’s sex before marriage. No one except Godly children would even consider getting married before having sex. On a positive note many good parents are actively schooling their children in chaste realities leading​ to the culture of Life.
    Thanks be to God.

  • “Today it’s sex before marriage. No one except Godly children would even consider getting married before having sex.” Is it possible that the poor wretches will ever know the joy of love?

  • Mary De Voe.

    How could they know?
    The culture has hijacked true love.
    Abortion is a proof of this false love that excludes God and replaces Him for self gratification. True Love? Only in Christ.

  • 🙄 as long as they are actively on the road to having a Catholic marriage, living in the same house might relieve some of the periphery distractions. They are able to focus on praying together, setting aside time for more difficult subjects and “learning the language”. Living apart would be incredibly difficult, as each person does not come from similar backgrounds and values. By minimizing some of the building blocks, they might have a better chance to lift the larger blocks while building their domestic church. Hopefully, by then.. maybe then “be ready to fill the pews!” 😉

  • 🙄 Everything else seems to be taking a more important precedent, than preparing for the wedding. Unless the jet skis are part of the ceremony.. that should be a warning flag as to cautionary distractions. If they are concerned about raising a family soon after getting married, that money will need to go for the nursery… and additional expenses. One more concerning flag is that if “he” is more concerned with the jet skis than getting married, then how important does he value family? If “having fun” means being selfish, how do they really view marriage? selfish marriages can mirror self-less marriages, the hall of those mirrors can lead one astray before you realize how lost you really have become. By then, be more confused than you were in the beginning. Better off, to have a strong start and try not to fall prey to distractions, but keep in check the distractions that you are cancelling out, to integrate a marriage, creating a self reflective pathway… where each can grow stronger…

PopeWatch: The Meeting

Friday, April 21, AD 2017




It’s on:



Contrary to earlier reports, President Donald Trump will meet with Pope Francis when he travels to Italy next month for meetings with the G7 leaders, U.S. and Vatican officials said Wednesday.

When asked about a possible meeting, White House press spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that officials would be contacting the Vatican to arrange a meeting between Trump and the Pope during the latter’s visit to Italy at the end of May

“Obviously, we’d be honored to have an audience with His Holiness,” he said.

 For his part, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the Vatican equivalent of a deputy prime minister, confirmed to the Italian news agency ANSA that “Pope Francis is always ready to receive heads of state who request an audience.”

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  • That started my day off with a good laugh. Thank you, Mr. McClarey.

  • When I wasn’t hearing Mass on Sundays, I would tell my sainted Mother that I feared that the church’s chimney would fall in if I went in. The Vatican’s chimneys won’t fall in, either.

  • Trump: “Nice wall you have here, Holy Father.”
    Pope: “You should not be so against Immigration Mr President.”
    Trump: “I’m not and unlike many countries the USA is in favor of immigration. There seems to be some kind of misunderstanding.”

  • A contributor from TAC was dead on when he/she said; “Immagration? A wall exists in heaven. A gate. And an extremely important vetting process too. Did we forget that?”
    Quoting from memory here so it isn’t exact. Question is how can you be certain that the vetting process will be fair? At the very least we will keep some dangerous elements out. If this tactic saves one life..one..It is justified.

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Bear Growls: Predictions

Thursday, April 20, AD 2017



Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear gazes into his ursine crystal ball:


The Vatican may be a rhumba of rattlesnakes, but too few of them are motivated by aberrant ideology to risk a repeat of Sampson’s after-dinner show for the Philistines.

Bear predicts there will be the usual polite language when Bergoglio go-goes, but inside, most prelates are going to be saying, “Boy, did we elect the wrong guy. How could we have been so stupid? Let’s get back to normal ASAP before the Bear hops a tramp salmon freighter and cleans house, but good.”

The Bear does not think the institutional Church enjoys turmoil. Nor does it wish to court schism, however small the risk. And, who knows? Perhaps there are 10 righteous men in Sodom-on-the-Tiber.

The next pope will be a reliable Italian. This whole darts-at-a-map thing has not worked out very well. His job will be to settle the hens down after that fox Bergoglio is gone. The era of the magisterium of the sound byte will be over. Everybody has seen what a disaster it has been.

Nobody likes to be made fun of incessantly.

There will be the usual suspects agitating, but the Bear repeats, institutions do not enjoy chaos. The mainstream plus the faithful will out-vote the cardinals of questionable orthodoxy.

The Bear does not think Bergoglio was voted in over a desire to extend Holy Communion to divorced and remarried persons. The Bear thinks he was elected to be the outsider that would fix things. Perhaps he even ran for pope on that platform. “I’m from Argentina. And if there’s one thing that Argentina is known for it is fixing problems with institutions.”

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  • “The next pope will be a reliable Italian. This whole darts-at-a-map thing has not worked out very well.”

    Well Cardinal Raymond Burke of the United States, or Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan, or Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea would each make a great Pope. But my vote doesn’t count.

  • “Argentina is known for fixing it’s problems. ” Oh, that is funny!
    Argentine churrasco is proof God loves man and wants him to be happy.
    There is the tango, too. After that, Argentina is chaos.

  • Agreed Lucius – all those would be great popes, but I don’t have a vote either, and I fear perhaps another liberal – Schoenborn perhaps?

PopeWatch: O’Reilly

Thursday, April 20, AD 2017





An interesting tidbit:


Embattled Fox News host Bill O’Reilly briefly met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, according to a New York Times report.

The report says O’Reilly, who was in a VIP section in St. Peter’s Square during the pontiff’s weekly general audience, shook hands with the religious leader as a Vatican newspaper photographer snapped a photo. 

The Times noted the “special section beside the stage holding the papal throne, where Mr. O’Reilly sat, is exclusive and entered only with special tickets distributed by the prefecture of the papal household, according to the Vatican press office.”

Tens of thousands of worshipers fill the square for the weekly event.

The Vatican had stated last week that no official audience with O’Reilly was scheduled.

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  • I suppose Bill was caught in the no spin zone just too long. Being all wet, he needed time to be hung out to dry.
    Another book on the horizon I’m certain.

    Pope Francis?

    All I’m asked to do for him is pray.
    So I pray.
    Conversion and clarity, for the final no spin zone is inevitable.

  • O’Reilly was at his best 17 years ago during the Elian Gonzalez controversy… was that the last time a Democrat deported anyone? Funny how Clinton let the Mexicans stay in California.

    Dennis Miller was the only watchable segment of O’Reilly’s show in later years. Miller is from Pittsburgh. Early in his broadcasting career, he interviewed my best friend on Evening Magazine about his comic book collection. I lost track of how many times I helped him move those damned comic books. Manassas, Virginia to Plum Boro, Pennsylvania… that was as much fun as a root canal.
    Sorry for going off topic.

  • In accordance with feminist/liberal “standards” for such behavior, O’R could be the Democrat POTUS candidate in 2020. It worked for William Jefferson Clinton.

    If it was not for double standards, they’d have no standards at all.

  • “If it were not for double standards, they’d have no standards at all.” Love it.

  • Perhaps I am the only person here who likes Bill O’Reilly, for which I am certain to be condemned. Now I disagreed with him on some issues, and I thought he often unfairly interrupted others on his show who gave responses to his commentary. However, I do not for one minute believe these allegations of sexual misconduct. I may be deceived and if that is the case, then I shall promptly apologize. But I think that feminists simply couldn’t stand his style, being so effeminately delicate. So they conspired with trumped up changes of misconduct in an era where a person is guilty until proven innocent.

    Again, if I am wrong, then it won’t be the first time.

  • Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus.

    I hope your right.
    Trumped up charges in this culture by feminist who resemble the compassion of Isis, abortion loving scallywags, and would love to take out a talking head O’Reilly. A prize to hang above their condom dispenser.

  • Dunno. Some of the dirt he’s collected over the years is supposedly buttressed with recordings injurious to his reputation. The production values on Fox are designed to appeal to some set of demographics I’m not in, so I seldom watch any of their commentary programs (do they do any reporting at all?). Unlike Messrs. Trump and Cosby, his accusers have been women who were well acquainted with him.

  • I lost all interest in O’reilly when he referred to Jesus as just a philosopher. Another lame catholic.

  • I agree with you Philip. We need to pray for the ‘Pope’ but no need to follow his anti Catholicism.

  • TLM.

  • I haven’t seen O’Reilly in quite a while. I will say this for Bill O’Reilly and also Megyn Kelly, both of them were not afraid to defend the unborn on the air.

  • I have no idea if the allegations of sexual harassment by FOX employees are true or not but, isn’t it strange that the other so-called news networks never seem to have any sexual harassment scandals? Or the NY Times with many homosexual employees? It’s like the priest scandals in the Roman Catholic church, everyone knows about that, but you never or rarely hear about molestation by ministers/priests of the Protestant denominations or non Christian religions. It goes on, but never seems to be front page.

PopeWatch: Global Tolerance Initiative

Wednesday, April 19, AD 2017




One aspect of this Pontificate is how many odd events have occurred during it.  A recent example:


 Just two months after Pope Francis faced intense backlash for his reforms when critical posters were plastered around Rome, a new set went up around the city over Easter, this time praising the pope for his commitment to mercy and inclusion.

“Thank you Pope Francis! For your true Christian engagement with love and mercy, as demanded by Jesus so often in our Holy Bible.”

This was the phrase written on some 300 posters that were hung April 14 around Rome’s city center and near the Vatican, which will remain until April 22.

RELATED: Rome wakes up to find city full of anti-Pope Francis posters

Sponsored by The Global Tolerance Initiative, the posters referred to a website called “Love is Tolerance,” which explained that Francis had been named by the organization as their “Global Champion of Tolerance Easter 2017.”

Written in both Italian and English, the posters call on all cardinals, priests and bishops to follow with love the “wise advice” of the pope, and to “read our Holy Bible with open eyes, hearts and minds.”

The posters conclude with an appeal for everyone to “pray for you and the Church with a ‘thinking heart and loving mind.’”

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PopeWatch: Frogs

Tuesday, April 18, AD 2017



I hope that the Pope is paying attention to what the Orthodox Metropolitan of Mosul is saying:


Security and the rule of law are what Christians most need in Iraq, but it seems no one wishes to offer them, says Metropolitan Nicodemus Dauod Matti Sharaf, the Orthodox Syriac Archbishop of Mosul.

Speaking to the Register last month in Erbil, Metropolitan Nicodemus, who was the last bishop to leave Mosul when ISIS invaded the city in 2014, had strong words for the West: he said, citing an example, that the developed world places the welfare of frogs ahead of Christians, that the West needs to wake up to the threat of Islamism, and blamed past U.S. leaders and their allies for ruining his country. He likes President Trump, saying: “Let’s try the crazy one because we tried the normal one, and he destroyed our lives.”  

The 40 year-old Orthodox prelate, who Britain banned in December despite being formally invited to meet Prince Charles, also shares his views on Islam and why he greatly values the example set by Hungary for the respect its leaders have shown for Christians.

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  • Many good quoted from the Archbishop in that article. Here is another:

    said “Those people [ISIL supporters in
    Europe] are the same ones who came here many years ago. And we accepted them. We
    are the original people in this land. We accepted them, we opened the doors for them, and
    they push us to be minorities in our land, then refugees in our land. And this will be with
    you if you don’t wake up. If you don’t wake up please tell us because we have caravans
    [house trailers for refugees]. When we go back to our villages, we won’t sell those
    caravans, we’ll leave them for you when you become refugees from your [Western]
    country. Believe me, this will be”

  • Pope Francis is unable to see or speak the truth. As a leader he has only negative effectiveness. Let us pray that he comes to his senses soon or resigns his job.

  • The Vatican and the western hierarchy opposed the American intervention in Iraq after 9/11 probably because they knew that Islam is suffering from a revival of jihadism. They know that they need the help of Muslims but seem not to understand that even the “moderates” are indifferent to the fate of the eastern churches. Or maybe it is that after Vatican Ii they have fallen prey to the pessimism and lack of confidence in their civilization that we see in most European leaders and of course the American left, of which many of our prelates are a part.

PopeWatch: Jesuits

Monday, April 17, AD 2017


One feature of this pontificate that is striking is how the intellectual and spiritual decay that has infested the Jesuits for more than half a century has suddenly become the guiding force within the Church.  Sandro Magister gives us a recent example:


Among the priests born in the diocese of Carpi, that Pope Francis will visit on Sunday, April 2, there is one who is giving him a tough nut to crack.

His name is Roberto A. Maria Bertacchini. He was formed in the school of three Jesuits of the first rank: Frs. Heinrich Pfeiffer, an art historian and professor at the Gregorian, Francesco Tata, former provincial of the Society of Jesus in Italy, and Piersandro Vanzan, a prominent writer for “La Civiltà Cattolica.” A scholar of Augustine, he is the author of books and of essays in theology journals.

Last week Fr. Bertacchini sent to Francis and to Cardinal Gerhard L. Müller, prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, a six-page “memorandum” highly critical of the ideas presented in a recent interview with the new superior general of the Society of Jesus, the Venezuelan Arturo Sosa Abascal, who is very close to the pope.

They are ideas, writes Fr. Bertacchini, “of such gravity that they cannot be passed over in silence without becoming complicit in them,” because they threaten to “result in a Christianity without Christ.”

The complete text of the “memorandum” is on this other page of Settimo Cielo:

> Promemoria…

While an abridgment of it is presented below.

The interview with the general of the Jesuits criticized by Fr. Bertacchini is the one given to the Swiss vaticanista Giuseppe Rusconi and published on the blog Rossoporpora last February 18, after the interview subject himself reviewed it word by word.

Settimo Cielo gave an extensive account of it in several languages.


On the interview with the general of the Jesuits on the reliability of the Gospels

by Roberto A. Maria Bertacchini

In February the general of the Jesuits gave an interview in which he insinuates that the words of Jesus on the indissolubility of marriage are not a point of theological stability, but rather a point of departure for doctrine, which must then be appropriately developed. This – taken to the extreme – could even lead to supporting the exact opposite, or the compatibility of divorce with Christian life. The initiative has in my view primed an explosive situation.

Of course, Arturo Sosa Abascal, SJ is very careful not to fall into outright heresy. And this, in a certain sense, is even more grave. It is therefore necessary to retrace the thread of his reasoning.

The question that he poses is whether the evangelists are reliable, and he says: it is necessary to discern. So it is not a given that they are [reliable]. Such a grave statement should be reasoned out at length and in depth, because it is indeed possible to admit error in a narrative detail; but to call into question the veracity of doctrinal teachings of Jesus is another matter.

However it may be, our Jesuit does not get involved, but – very deftly – appeals to the pope. And since Francis, in dealing with couples that are separated etcetera, up to the time of the interview had never cited passages in which Jesus referred to the indissolubility of marriage, the implicit message of our Jesuit was glaring: if the pope does not cite those passages, it means that he has done discernment and maintains that they are not of Jesus. So they would not be binding. But all the popes have taught the opposite! What does it matter? They must be wrong. Or they must have said and taught things that were correct for their time, but not for ours.

Let it be clear: the eminent Jesuit does not say this “apertis verbis,” but he insinuates it, he lets it be understood. And so he gives a key of interpretation for the pope’s pastoral approach to the family that departs from the traditional teaching. In fact, today “we know” that very probably, or rather almost certainly, Jesus never taught that marriage is indissoluble. It is the evangelists who misunderstood.

A Christianity without Christ?

The question is of such gravity that it cannot be passed over in silence without becoming complicit in it. The danger is that this could result in a Christianity reductive of the message of Jesus, or a Christianity without Christ.

In the Gospel for the Mass of last February 24 there was the passage from Mk 10:2-12 on repudiation. So is it acceptable to think that it is not known if Jesus uttered those words, and that they are not binding?

The “sensus fidei” tells us that the evangelists are reliable. However, our general of the Jesuits rejects this reliability, and in addition takes no interest in the fact that Saint Paul had also received this doctrine from the Church as being of Jesus, and handed it on as such to his communities: “To the husbands I order, not I but the Lord: the wife may not be separated from the husband, and if she separates, let her remain without remarrying or let her be reconciled with the husband, and the husband may not repudiate the wife” (1 Cor 7:10-11).

The consistency of this passage with the texts of the synoptic Gospels on repudiation and adultery is perfectly clear. And it would be absurd to imagine that these depend on Paul, and not on pre-Paschal traditions. Not only that. In Eph 5:22-33, Paul revisits the same teaching from Jesus and even reinforces it. He revisits it, because he cites the same passage of Genesis that is cited by Jesus; he reinforces it, because Christ loves the Church in an indissoluble way, to the point of giving his life, and beyond earthly life. And Paul makes this fidelity the model of conjugal fidelity.

Thus it is entirely clear that there is an evident continuity of teaching between pre-Paschal and post-Paschal preaching; and also clear is the discontinuity with Judaism, which instead kept the institution of repudiation. But if Saint Paul himself founds this discontinuity on Christ, does it make sense to bring the Gospels into question? From where comes that leap which inspired the practice of the ancient Church, if not from Christ?

It should be noted that divorce was also admitted in the Greco-Roman world, and in addition there existed the institution of concubinage, which could easily result in a subsequent conjugal union, as attested to for example by the experience of Saint Augustine. And in historiography the principle applies that cultural inertia does not change without cause. Therefore, the change being attested historically, what could be the cause if not Jesus? If this then was Christ, why doubt the reliability of the Gospels?

Finally, if Jesus did not speak those words, what is the source of the drastic comment from the disciples (“But then it is better not to marry!”) in Mt 19:10? Matthew was one of those disciples, and they do not come across well: they show themselves slow to understand and attached to the traditions that Jesus challenges. So from a historiographical point of view, the pericope of Mt 19:3-12 is entirely reliable: and as much for reasons of internal criticism as of external.

The dogmatic context

Moreover, to state that it is not known if Jesus actually uttered those words and that, in essence, they are not binding is “de facto” a heresy, because it is a denial of the inspiration of Scripture. 2 Tim 3 is very clear: “All Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, convincing, correcting, and training in righteousness.”

“All” evidently also includes Mt 19:3-12. Otherwise it is attested that there is an “other” word that prevails over Scripture itself and over its inspiration. In fact, affirming the unreliability of some words of Jesus is like opening a fissure in the dam of “fides quae,” a fissure that would lead to the collapse of the entire dam. I illustrate:

a) If Jesus did not say those words, the evangelists are not reliable. And if they are not reliable, they are not truthful; but if they are not truthful, neither can they be inspired by the Holy Spirit.

b) If Jesus did not say those words, must he really have said all the others that we take as good? Someone who is unreliable on one innovative question can be likewise on others, like the resurrection. And if, to give the priesthood to women, “La Civiltà Cattolica” does not hesitate to bring into question a solemn magisterium invoked as infallible, will there not be chaos? To what biblical authority can one appeal, if the exegetes themselves are perennially and ever more divided? This is the sense in which the dam collapses.

And that is not the end, because in following the doubts of the Jesuit general it is not only Saint Paul who is trodden underfoot, but also Vatican II. In fact, this is what it states in “Sacrosasnctum Concilium” 7:

“Christ is always present in His Church [. . .] He is present in His word, since it is He Himself who speaks when the holy scriptures are read in the Church.”

Since the passages on the indissolubility of marriage are read at Mass, and to be precise: Mk 10:2-12 on the Friday of the 7th week of ordinary time and on the 27th Sunday of year B, Mt 19:3-12 on the Friday of the 19th week of ordinary time, and Mt 5:27-32 on the Friday of the 10th week, it follows that Vatican II in a certain way attributes those words to the authority of Jesus.

Thus those who follow the doubts of the Jesuit general not only disavow Vatican II, and moreover in a dogmatic constitution, they also doubt Tradition to the point of making abstract and unattainable the very authority of Jesus as teacher. So we are facing a genuine carpet bombing, before which the firmest of reactions is absolutely necessary.

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  • Forgive me, but I have a mental image of Pope Francis upon reading this Memorandum becoming angry and saying “oh, this is just awful just awful, Bertacchini is using reason, clear reason, if only he wouldn’t reason, if only he would appreciate messy and unclear thinking..

  • David, His Humbleness won’t bother to read it. Sadly, I doubt he would be able to follow it.

  • Fr. Bertacchini is most courageous and inspired to confront quasi heretical thinking in his superior and most probably Pope Francis himself. Three things will now probably happen. Fr. Bertacchini will be reassigned not to be heard from again. The issues he raised will be left unaddressed. Hardly anyone in the clergy will come to his defense. And the thing is Fr. Bertacchini no doubt realized this would be the probably outcome but did it anyway. That’s what makes him a hero.

  • I was left with the same impression when I read the comment from the “Black pope.” Of course I could never have produced this irrefutable argument.

  • My Italian isn’t great, but it seems like you left out an important point: that the article states that the Holy Father specifically rebuked the Jesuit leader (who claimed that Pope Francis has never referred to the passage where Jesus condemns divorce) by referring to the passage six days later in a homily.

Bear Growls: More of the Same

Tuesday, April 11, AD 2017



Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear points out that the Pope never misses an opportunity to disappoint:


The whole idea of blogging is that somebody does something and the blogger offers insightful commentary. But Pope Francis is so mind-numbingly stupid there’s just nothing to add.

Muslims mass-murder Christians in Egypt and the Pope says this:

We pray for the victims of the attack carried out unfortunately today, this morning, in Cairo, in a Coptic church. I am close to my dear Brother, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, and to the Coptic Church and to all the dear Egyptian nation I express my profound condolence; I pray for the deceased and the wounded, I am close to the families and to the whole community. May the Lord convert the heart of all those persons that sow terror, violence and death, and also the heart of those that produce and traffic arms.

Sorry, Bear got nothing.

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  • I S L A M
    (WWMD: What Would Mohammad Do?)

  • Wonder what he could say about the mass political starvations of history… no shots fired- just keeping people from food and millions of deaths of the most innocent and helpless.

  • The less I pay attention to what that Argentinian Marxist Peronist heretic says, the better off I am.

  • Mads starvations would be blamed on capitalism. Or global warming. Or the nations who refuse to take in Muslims. Anything but the source with this guy.
    The next edition of Mario Vargas Llosa’s book The Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot should have the Pope on the cover.

  • It’s a weird obsession of the Holy Father’s, but still…I’ll give him this much, if you’re a gun manufacturer and you’re shipping a crate to the Muslim Brotherhood, that ain’t right.

  • “… and also the heart of those that produce and traffic arms.”

    Just wondering, what arms manufacturer produces suicide vests?

  • “shipping a crate to the Muslim Brotherhood, that ain’t right.”.
    I agree that is why I wish ISIS had not all that access to oil and why I am glad at least some of the chemical weapons were destroyed.

  • I agree wholeheartedly with LQ Cincinnatus above– the less attention I
    pay to this Pope’s bloviations, the better off I am. It pains me that it’s
    come to that. There is a certain symmetry, however, for this Pope has
    made it clear that he has nothing but contempt for Catholics of the
    “Promethian neo-Pelagian” variety like myself.

  • This Pope has made it clear he has nothing but contempt for reality.