Author: Daniele Palmer

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My Clericalism and Querida Amazonia

After reading Querida Amazonia, my initial reaction was to think we have a Pope that believes there are some issues more important than the priesthood. Those of us who criticize clericalism certainly believe this, yet many of us were disappointed by the exhortation. This may say something about us, especially those of us  on the “progressive” end of the Catholic spectrum, that we never thought we would say. What many see in our current Pope...

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Querida Amazonia: A Call for Authentic Inculturation

Vatican City — In his latest apostolic exhortation, Querida Amazonia, Pope Francis calls for “authentic” inculturation in the Amazon, so as to allow for the creation of a Church which truly bears the features of the region and the culture of its people. In the Pope’s latest document, published 12 February, Francis sets out a “brief framework” for the Church’s presence in the region. In reflecting on the synod that took place in October 2019, the...

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Traditionalists look to politics for new sources of influence

ROME — The continuity between Saint John Paul II and Pope Francis is seen clearly by many, and examples of this have been discussed on this website many times (See here, here, and here). However, some seek to peg the legacy of John Paul II as somehow opposed to the pontificate of Francis. At a conference this week in Rome, religious traditionalists and political conservatives came together to discuss the legacy of John Paul II’s...

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Is It Time for US Bishops to Push Back Against TFP?

Over the last couple of months, the Brazilian-born group Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) has landed in the public eye, drawing attention for its hostility to Pope Francis and rejection of the Church’s stance towards those marginalized in society. Despite this attention, the Church in the United States has largely ignored the group. It is time for a response. TFP have proven to offer a seductive platform in the US, despite being largely ignored elsewhere....

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National populist org behind traditionalist opposition to Pope Francis

Now that the dust has settled after the Vatican’s summit on the Amazon, one unlikely result has been the surfacing of the connection between Pope Francis’ most avid traditionalist opposers and a broader organized network that has the aim of disseminating a particular brand of national populism. Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), a group that originated during Brazil’s dictatorial regime and is known for its far-right attacks on “progressive” politics and nationalist defense of traditions,...

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O influencer de Bolsonaro que tenta interferir no sínodo

Um youtuber e influenciador digital que tem recebido o apoio de Bolsonaro surgiu recentemente como protagonista dos ataques da mídia conservadora ao sínodo da Amazônia. Bernardo Küster, católico tradicionalista e abertamente crítico ao Papa Francisco, é um jornalista brasileiro, dono de uma livraria em Campinas/SP, e que se valeu do sínodo da Amazônia como plataforma para expandir sua influência. Não que ele precise de mais exposição. Küster, que tem pouco mais de trinta anos de...

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The Bolsonaro influencer seeking to sway the synod

[UPDATED OCTOBER 30: More signs of an Anti-Francis alliance between Küster and TFP with English-speaking papal detractors emerge: On October 29, two days after the synod came to a close, Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register was seen having dinner with Küster on in a restaurant in Rome. This highlights the professional and social ties between the Brazilian social media influencer and portions of the Catholic media world, pointing to the involvement of nationalist...