Author: Pedro Gabriel

Deeply Sacramental and Deeply Fallen

Some of Pope Francis’ critics seem scandalized by his takes on imperfection. For them, imperfection gets in the way of holiness. But Francis shows us that reality is more messy than what we think–and this should not scandalize us. Reality...

Deeply Sacramental and Deeply Fallen

Which Pope said this?

“This is magisterium: the Council is the magisterium of the Church. Either you are with the Church and therefore you follow the Council, and if you do not follow the Council or you interpret it in your own way, as...

Which Pope said this?

The modernist root of radical traditionalism

Recently, “Pints with Aquinas” podcast host Matt Fradd posted a quote on his Facebook page by the well-known Companions of Christ priest Fr. Mark Goring, in which the Canadian-born pastor said, “The Lord is anointing the traditionalists. When people go...

The modernist root of radical traditionalism

The flight of the doctrinal butterfly

Neither Pope Francis’s Magisterium, nor the Second Vatican Council’s documents, can be interpreted through a proper hermeneutic of continuity if one does not understand the concept of “doctrinal development.” Those who criticize those teachings, however, will often try to invalidate...

The flight of the doctrinal butterfly

The worst kind of dissent

In the recent weeks, there has been some debate at Where Peter Is (among the contributors, in the comments, and on social media) about the similarities and differences between dissent on the so-called right and left wings of the Church....

The worst kind of dissent

The perspicuity of Tradition

Francis’s papacy has sparked a fierce debate about the ability of the Magisterium to authoritatively interpret Tradition. Sadly, arguments about this matter typically end in a deadlock with the papal critics. Those of us who support Pope Francis often quote...

The perspicuity of Tradition

I was not an ultramontanist then

When we publish articles defending Pope Francis, some of our critics accuse us of being “ultramontanists.” Another line we frequently hear is, “Where were these guys during the papacies of Benedict XVI and John Paul II?” I can only speak...

I was not an ultramontanist then

Francis and Argentina’s Holy Innocents

Editor’s note (December 30):  Sadly, the Senate of Argentina voted 38-29 earlier today to legalize abortion on demand in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Please pray for the people of Argentina and for our society. May we experience a conversion...

Francis and Argentina’s Holy Innocents