Author: Pete Vere

Of Warriors and Weakness: A Response to Mark Shea and Mary Pezzulo

Mary Pezzulo and Mark Shea–two of my favourite Patheos Catholic bloggers–have responded to my piece Worshipping Priests, not Warrior Priests. Mark takes the conversation in a new direction with his following insight: One of the many things that anti-Catholic Fundies...

Of Warriors and Weakness: A Response to Mark Shea and Mary Pezzulo

Another Phil Lawler Bomb: The Confusion is Self-Promotional

Another day, another Phil Lawler bomb lobbed at Pope Francis. Another online article accusing the Holy Father of undermining orthodox Catholic teaching, causing confusion in the Church, and other alarmist sensationalism. Here we go… again. Oh yes, and another concluding...

Another Phil Lawler Bomb: The Confusion is Self-Promotional

The Glorious Mysteries with Pope Francis

The Glorious Mysteries 1 – The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ From Easter Homily (April 16, 2017): With one voice, in every part of the world, we proclaim the great message: ‘The Lord is truly risen, as he said!’

The Glorious Mysteries with Pope Francis

Worshipping Priests, not Warrior Priests: Response to Fr Dwight

[UPDATE: Please see Fr Dwight’s comment below. Given Fr Dwight’s expression of good faith, including additional clarification in his original blog, I have removed the corresponding sentences from my original critique.] When Martin Luther and early Protestant Reformers set about...

Worshipping Priests, not Warrior Priests: Response to Fr Dwight
The Sorrowful Mysteries with Pope Francis

The Sorrowful Mysteries with Pope Francis

The Sorrowful Mysteries 1 – Jesus is praying in the garden at Gethsemane From General Audience (May 25, 2016): Assailed by looming anguish, Jesus prays to the Father to deliver him of this bitter cup of the Passion, but his prayer...

The Luminous Mysteries with Pope Francis

The Luminous Mysteries with Pope Francis

“The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer,” writes St John Paul II in the opening paragraphs of Rosarium Virginis Mariae. “In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message...

The Joyful Mysteries with Pope Francis

The Joyful Mysteries with Pope Francis

Pope Francis often speaks about the Blessed Virgin Mary. Not only among Catholics, but to the world at large. Frequently, His Holiness invokes her intercession and encourages Christian devotion to her. Among western Catholics, there is no devotion to Mary...

Pope Francis and Darwin’s Theory of Evolution

UPDATE: Reader Christopher Lake has kindly referenced statements supportive of Theory of Evolution by Popes Pius XII and St John Paul II. I have added Christopher’s comments below as an addendum to this blog entry. ORIGINAL BLOG: I was reminded...

Pope Francis and Darwin’s Theory of Evolution
Yes, Pope Francis is Catholic. So why are Professional Catholics still complaining?

Yes, Pope Francis is Catholic. So why are Professional Catholics still complaining?

Catholic musician and blogger Mark Mallett–a fellow Canadian–has compiled Pope Francis’s statements concerning moral and theological controversies in our time. In each of these statements Pope Francis presents orthodox Catholic teaching clearly. For instance, on the Rosary and devotion to...

How sedevacantist are critics of Pope Francis?

How sedevacantist are critics of Pope Francis?

I noticed something curious. I was reading the latest jeremiad against Pope Francis in a once mainstream Latin traditionalist publication. In its concluding paragraphs, the author referred to the pontificates of John Paul II and Paul VI. That is, the...

Not an apologetic for Pope Francis and Gaudete et Exsultate

Not an apologetic for Pope Francis and Gaudete et Exsultate

This is not an apologetic for Pope Francis’s Gaudete et Exsultate. For the time being, having just skimmed through the document, I refuse to write an apologetic for Francis’s new apostolic exhortation. Especially in light of the following concerns. Don’t...

Confusion – now about hell – is the hallmark of Phil Lawler

In an online article he published yesterday, Phil Lawler claims that Pope Francis is causing confusion over hell. Here is Lawler’s exact quote: Pope Francis cannot deny the existence of hell without directly contradicting the teaching of the Church. But...

Confusion – now about hell – is the hallmark of Phil Lawler

Which Thief are You?

“We recognize the two thieves who are crucified next to Christ. They are us. What each of us has to answer is which one do I choose to be. The bitter thief on the left or the repentant thief on...

Which Thief are You?

Juan, St Peter, and the Border Patrol Agent

There was a rich border patrol agent, who was clothed in UnderArmour and Nike and who feasted at Montanas with other members of his detachment at least three meals a week. And in the desert behind his Arizona ranch lay...

Juan, St Peter, and the Border Patrol Agent