Tag: PopeWatch

PopeWatch: Criticisms

  The Pope’s leftist agenda is drawing fire not only within the Church but from without the Church according to Sandro Magister:   In this month of August, Pope Francis has found himself facing opposition on two of the best-known points of his preaching. And opposition in an unusual form: because the critiques have not

PopeWatch: Open Borders

I answer that, Man’s relations with foreigners are twofold: peaceful, and hostile: and in directing both kinds of relation the Law contained suitable precepts. For the Jews were offered three opportunities of peaceful relations with foreigners. First, when foreigners passed through their land as travelers. Secondly, when they came to dwell in their land as

PopeWatch: Denzinger

    From the only source of reliable Catholic news on net, Eye of the Tiber:     The largest cross-boarder Lefeverist smuggling tunnel to date was discovered in a midnight raid earlier today by Swiss Guards.  The smugglers fled, abandoning contraband with a street value of over 3 million euros. Smuggled goods found included

PopeWatch: Something to Keep in Mind

  During the current Pontificate, PopeWatch has found comfort in this passage on the entry under Alexander VI at New Advent:   An impartial appreciation of the career of this extraordinary person must at once distinguish between the man and the office. “An imperfect setting”, says Dr. Pastor (op. cit., III, 475), “does not affect

PopeWatch: Letter to the Pope

              An Evangelical minister who specializes in helping Christians facing persecution writes to the Pope:   August 3, 2017 Your Holiness, I am writing to request a meeting between Catholic and Evangelical leaders from the United States at a place and time of your choosing. Though, I’m hoping we

PopeWatch: Bishop José Luis Azuaje Ayala of Barinas

    Bishop José Luis Azuaje Ayala of Barinas, vice president of the Venezuelan bishops’ conference, speaks on the dire situation in Venezuela:     The representative of the bishops’ conference also addressed the Vatican-facilitated dialogue process that took place in Venezuela between the government and the opposition in 2016. The bishop denounced the result,

PopeWatch: Venezuela

  Events are quickly coming to a head in Venezuela, as Father de Souza at Crux tells us:   The Holy See declared itself on Friday against the brutal regime of Nicolas Maduro, capping an extraordinary few months of masterful maneuvering by the bishops of Venezuela. They have preserved the integrity of the Church’s witness

PopeWatch: Beanies

    From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   It was announced today that the Swiss Guard’s uniform will be changed to a more modern hipster look. Pontifical Swiss Guard Commandant Daniel Anrig told Guards gathered at the annual When Do We Get To See Some

PopeWatch: Sheer Incompetence

    George Weigel at The Catholic Report notes that the powers that be at the Vatican are not noted for their competence:   On occasion, however, that can be a journey through the looking glass and into Wonderland. Last month, Civilta Cattolicà featured an article co-authored by its editor-in-chief, Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, and

PopeWatch: Padre Pio

  Hattip to commenter Greg Mockeridge.  Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register reminds us of just how far we have fallen:   The decision to have the notorious abortionist Emma Bonino speak about immigration in an Italian church last week drew widespread condemnation. But it also led some to argue, including the local Caritas representative who

PopeWatch: Clear Sighted Atheist

    Some atheists see more clearly these days than many Catholics:     An atheist philosopher friend of Benedict XVI has strongly criticized Pope Francis, accusing the Holy Father of not preaching the Gospel but politics, fomenting schism, and issuing secularist statements aimed at destroying the West. In a fiery interview published July 10

PopeWatch: Triumvirate

  Sandro Magister tells us of three men who are the closest to the Pope:   The classic communist parties had their “organic intellectuals.” But Pope Francis has them, too. Their names are Antonio Spadaro, Marcelo Figueroa, Víctor Manuel Fernández. The first is an Italian and a Jesuit, director of “La Civiltà Cattolica.” The others

PopeWatch: Humor?

    Father Z has an interesting anecdote about the Pope:   It seems that the site Messa in latino picked up on an anecdote recounted by a French site Benoit etmoi.  Here’s my translation from the French, which seems to be the original of the anecdote.  I’m cutting out the first part, just to get at

PopeWatch: Debt

    From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Total catechism student loan debt in the U.S. has officially topped $1.8 hundred dollars. In March, the Francis administration announced a series of changes to the Free Application For Federal Catechism Aid (FAFCA), the form for prospective

PopeWatch: Memory Lane

  Father Z takes a trip down Memory Lane:   Here is something to ponder.  HERE On this day in 2013 I posted: Over at First Things I saw a piece called Five Myths About Pope Francis by William Doino Jr. What are those myths? 1. “Francis is the anti-Benedict.” 2. “Francis is Not a