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Which Pope said this?

“Charity needs the light of the truth that we constantly seek. “That light is both the light of reason and the light of faith”, and does not admit any form of relativism. (…) The solution is not relativism. Under the guise of tolerance, relativism ultimately leaves the interpretation of moral values to those...

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The Problem of MAGA Catholicism Reaches Vanity Fair

The contributors to Where Peter Is are happy to see that the magazine Vanity Fair has published an article called “Deep State, Deep Church: How QAnon and Trumpism have Infected the Catholic Church” by journalist Kathryn Joyce that describes for its readers the ideological and spiritual struggle going on within the Catholic Church—the...

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Interview with Austen Ivereigh on Fratelli Tutti and civil unions

Where Peter Is · Austen Ivereigh Part 1   NEW PODCAST! David Lafferty and I had the privilege of interviewing papal biographer Austen Ivereigh yesterday. The first part of our conversation focused on Fratelli Tutti and Pope Francis’s recent comments about same-sex civil unions. This is our second podcast with Austen, who is...

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Fratelli tutti – Francis’s most traditional document?

There are two persistent criticisms used against Francis and his teachings by many of his detractors. The first is that the Holy Father is not concerned with squaring his (allegedly) new teachings with tradition and prior magisterium. The second claim is that he prefers to dwell on political issues rather than to teach...

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When Patriotism Isn’t A Virtue

Catholic Americans seem to revel in polarization. Our country’s two-party political system, which siphons the electorate into severely limited options, certainly doesn’t help. But there’s an accompanying divisive insistence, particularly among Catholics, that one secular party or the other holds exclusive claim to virtue and love for our homeland. What we overlook in...

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Pope Francis breaks a few plates

Today marks one week since the premiere of the documentary Francesco in Rome and since the statements made by Pope Francis on civil unions set off a media firestorm. This post is, by my count, the seventh piece we’ve published at WPI on the subject. If you would like to get caught up,...

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We Are All Penguins and Lobsters

God’s continuous act of separation occurs in the so-called first creation account of Genesis (Gen 1:1–2:3): light from darkness, water from water, water from land. This act of separation provides form to the formless, and as creation proceeds so too does the act of separation gain in momentum. Separation and stability are understood...

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Misreading Francis on Private Property

We have come to know and expect that whenever the pope writes or says anything of significance, he will earn the ire of professional provocateurs. Now, in the eighth year of Francis’s papacy, there’s a certain comforting predictability about the to-and-fro between his expression of Church teaching and the ensuing outrage. We saw...

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Black Catholics Arise

This morning, my local ordinary, Washington’s Archbishop Wilton Gregory, was named by Pope Francis as one of 13 new cardinals who will be elevated during a November 28 consistory in Rome. Archbishop Gregory has served the Church for many years as a priest, bishop, and archbishop. He came to Washington last year to...

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Practical Atheists, Religious People, or People of Faith?

A reflection on the Sunday readings for October 25, 2020  When couples approach me for marriage preparation, they must complete a pre-nuptial inventory form. One part of the inventory concerns the couple’s “spiritual assessment.” Among the questions in this segment is the question, “How do your religious beliefs influence the way you live your...

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How to watch the “Francesco” documentary, Oct 25-31

In all the media attention given to one brief clip from the upcoming documentary “Francesco,” not much mention has been made of how and when you can see it. It will stream online, beginning today (Sunday, October 25) beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern time, as a part of the SCAD Savannah Film Festival....

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Updates on the controversy on homosexual unions

I wish to make some updates to my previous piece on the subject, in light of recent controversies and findings. 1) It seems like the tweet I used containing the snippet from the documentary has been removed. A new one can be seen here: Here is Pope Francis endorsing homosexual civil unions, in...

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Which Pope said this?

“We should recall that no man is an island, entire of itself. Our lives are involved with one another, through innumerable interactions they are linked together. No one lives alone. No one sins alone. No one is saved alone. The lives of others continually spill over into mine: in what I think, say,...

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The futility of “Explaining the pope away”

Signs of an all-too familiar pattern are appearing.  The narrative that the pope didn’t really say what he said seems to be developing in some conservative Catholic circles. We’re still in the midst of the media circus after Pope Francis was revealed to have made some provocative statements in an upcoming documentary, including,...

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Has Pope Francis changed Church teaching on same-sex civil unions?

By Dawn Eden Goldstein and Robert Fastiggi Catholic News Agency yesterday publicized comments from Pope Francis on same-sex civil unions that the agency claimed constituted “a shift from the perspective of [the pope’s] predecessors, and from his own more circumspect positions on civil unions in the past.” The comments, taken from the new...

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Those Pope Francis quotes: Video editing and media controversy

[This article has been updated. Click here] There was a stir in Catholic media today that began when Catholic News Agency reported that Pope Francis had expressed support for the recognition of same-sex unions. According to CNA, Francis was quoted as saying: “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family....

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Pope Francis and Civil Unions: Critical Context

Today, Catholic social media unleashed a fury of reactions to the revelation that Pope Francis had indicated support for the idea of same-sex civil unions in a clip from “Francesco,” an upcoming feature-length documentary by filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky.  It’s hard to even know where to begin my response, the reactions have ranged everywhere...

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Towards an Inclusive Capitalism

One key to understanding the Church’s teaching on the economy is to ask—as Francis does in Fratelli Tutti—whether we “include or exclude those lying wounded along the roadside” (FT 69). This is, of course, a reference to the parable of the Good Samaritan, the framework upon which Pope Francis built his latest encyclical....

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A Love Letter to my Catholic Friends

I see you. You were brought up with CCD and Sunday Mass and played Necco wafer communion. You gave up candy for Lent, ate fish sticks on Fridays, and know what “Holy Day of Obligation” means (get thyself to church).  Your grandmother or some other sweet church lady used to pray the rosary for...

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Fratelli Tutti and a fresh perspective on tradition

It has become common in certain Catholic circles to label Pope Francis (and the post-Conciliar Church) as “modernist.” This term is applied to stand in opposition to “tradition,” a fundamental Catholic value. After all, Tradition (with capital “T”) is one of the modes of transmission of the Word of God. The Church teaches,...

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