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Is the schism upon us?

By now you’ve probably heard the news about Fr. Jeremy Leatherby, the Sacramento priest whose latae sententiae excommunication was announced by Bishop Jaime Soto last week. Bishop Soto explained in his letter to the faithful that Leatherby “placed himself and others in a state of schism with the Roman Catholic Church,” meaning that...

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Stories and remembrance with Sam Rocha

Part 2 of our podcast with Sam Rocha begins with a discussion of his inadvertent role in the launch of Where Peter Is. We discuss a 2017 essay he wrote entitled, “Remember Your Promises: A Note to My Spiritual Elders,” which resembles the struggles of many Catholics who have remained loyal to Pope...

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The antidote to the poison pill

The talented Catholic journalist Brian Fraga has written an excellent and insightful piece at his blog, The Catholic Beat. Entitled, “Your Choice: The Eucharist or the Red Pill,” Fraga looks at the emergent radicalization in the traditionalist Catholic movement. Hallmarks of this movement include conspiracy theories, antisemitism, the rejection of Vatican II and...

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Which Pope said this?

“The use of a great part of the internal energy of the nucleus of uranium (…) has become a reality and has had its application in the making of the ‘atom bomb’ or ‘nuclear energy bomb’, the most terrible weapon which the human mind has conceived up to date. In this state of...

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Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Quest for Peace

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagaski are infamous examples of mass destruction of human life during wartime. Two dates this month—August 6 and August 9—mark the 75th anniversaries of the bombings. On the first of the two anniversaries I folded paper cranes, went to a brief memorial ceremony in my town, and...

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What’s on Sam Rocha’s Mind?

Sam Rocha stopped by the field hospital recently to talk to me and Paul Fahey. We had a wide-ranging conversation on a variety of topics, including Catholicism, socialism, racism, postmodernism, Latin American Catholicism, the message of Pope Francis, and how we can’t overlook the importance of Catholic Social Teaching.   Where Peter Is...

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Biblical

For years I worried that the QAnon conspiracy theory would find its way into Catholicism, but thankfully it seems there are few fervent Catholics who openly support QAnon right now. Recently, however, I came across an exception in “Friend of Medjugorje,” the author of a book from 2019 that offers an explicit fusion...

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The Pope isn’t Perfect

The contributors to this website are often accused of having an unthinking devotion to Pope Francis, or of blindly agreeing with everything he says. I’ve seen many critics on social media claim that we make excuses and twist ourselves into pretzels to defend his words and actions. They’ll suggest that we believe “every...

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How Tradition Grows: Dei Verbum, chapter 2

In the previous installment of my analysis of Dei Verbum (DV)’s second chapter, I explained how the Church defines Sacred Tradition, and how we are to understand its development and growth. In this article, I will explore how Tradition grows through theological study, lived experience, and the preaching of bishops. DV tells us:...

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Tradition’s main elements: Dei Verbum, chapter 2

In the first part of my analysis of the second chapter of Dei Verbum (DV), I explained that, according to the document, Scripture and Tradition are not two things but one (unum). But just what is Tradition anyway, and how does it grow? Dei Verbum names “doctrine, life, and cult” (DV 8) as...

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Multiplication of Loaves and Fish: A Miracle Within the Miracle

A reflection on the Sunday readings for August 2, 2020  The multiplication of loaves and fish is the only miracle found in all four Gospels, and—surprisingly—twice in the gospels of Matthew and Mark. On the peripheral level, it can be read as yet another in Matthew’s string of miracles that reveal Jesus’s Messianic...

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Peter exercised his authority from the beginning

“From the Church’s beginning Peter exercised decisive authority at the highest level. This exercise, accepted and recognized by the community, is historical confirmation of the words Christ spoke regarding the mission and power of Peter.” — Pope Saint John Paul II December 16, 1992 General Audience [Note: Pope St. John Paul II gave...

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Which Pope said this?

“Certainly, a sort of industrial use of creatures, so that geese are fed in such a way as to produce as large a liver as possible, or hens live so packed together that they become just caricatures of birds, this degrading of living creatures to a commodity seems to me in fact to...

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The unity of Scripture and Tradition: Dei Verbum, Chapter 2

The first chapter of Dei Verbum (DV)—which I wrote about here and here—is about revelation and faith. The second chapter is about Tradition, a topic that has been controversial since the Protestant Reformation and the Council of Trent in the sixteenth century. DV teaches that, far from being rivals, Scripture and Tradition are...

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The Marian Apocalypse Now: Part 4

Meet the “Apostle of the End Times.” In this installment of my primer on Marian apocalypticism I will shift focus from the world of Catholic traditionalism to what I have labelled (for lack of a better term) charismatic apocalypticism. Here I am not speaking of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, but of Marian apocalypticism...

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Smiling with Pope Francis

Friend of WPI, Jose Rodriguez, recently had me on his podcast, Conversation on Tap, to talk about our mutual love of Pope Francis. It was a joy being able to share what I find most compelling about Francis without getting bogged down with his critics. We discuss our first thoughts about the pope...

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Warrior Nun: When Catholic Motifs Meet Pop Culture Vacuity

I had never heard of Warrior Nun until my fellow Where Peter Is contributors started talking about it earlier this month. I watched the trailer (language warning) and it looks utterly absurd. People dressed like nuns and priests, and a place called the Vatican, exist in this universe. However, it’s unclear what religious...

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Do You Understand These Things?

A reflection on the Mass readings for Sunday, July 26, 2020. One of the dialogue lessons in my Spanish learning app is the story of a girl who, while looking around in the attic, accidentally discovers an antique lamp. As she cleans it, a genie suddenly appears. The genie gave the girl three...

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Which Pope said this?

“The Marxist solution has failed, but the realities of marginalization and exploitation remain in the world, especially the Third World, as does the reality of human alienation, especially in the more advanced countries. Against these phenomena the Church strongly raises her voice. Vast multitudes are still living in conditions of great material and...

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What is meant by “Catholic Lite”?

It was perhaps foolish for my wife and me to attempt effective social-distancing with three children under six on a summer evening in a neighbor’s backyard. So we contracted COVID-19 on the Fourth of July. Our symptoms were relatively mild, and for a few weeks we lived off groceries that our friends left...

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