Category: Analysis

Was Pope Paul VI a secret Freemason?

For decades in certain traditionalist Catholic circles, conspiracy theories have been circulated claiming (among other things) that Pope St. Paul VI and other prominent bishops at the time of Vatican II were secret Freemasons. Paranoia about Freemasons trying to take...

Was Pope Paul VI a secret Freemason?

Ask Your Husband: Complementarity Gone Wrong (Part 3)

In the second installment of this series on Stephanie Gordon’s book, Ask Your Husband: A Catholic Guide to Femininity, published in February by TAN Books, I discussed how Gordon’s guidance is potentially harmful to her readers’ wellbeing. Today I’d like...

Ask Your Husband: Complementarity Gone Wrong (Part 3)

Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Earth of Heaven

I suppose it was inevitable, but on the eve of Pope Francis’s historic consecration a new conspiracy theory has popped up. It has been championed by the usual suspects in an apparent attempt to disrupt what promises to be a...

Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Earth of Heaven

Dialogue Must Be the Way of the Church

Two high-ranking Catholic bishops made headlines recently by calling for a change in Church teaching on homosexuality. On February 3, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, the Bishop of Luxembourg, said bluntly that Catholic doctrine on homosexuality is “sinful” and “wrong” because it...

Dialogue Must Be the Way of the Church

Pope Francis, Ukraine, Fatima, and the Flood

During his Wednesday audience of March 16, 2022, Pope Francis commented that for all our talk of progress, “our imagination appears increasingly concentrated on the representation of a final catastrophe that will extinguish us…an eventual nuclear war… it seems that...

Pope Francis, Ukraine, Fatima, and the Flood

Ask Your Husband: A Dangerous Guide for Women (Part 2)

In the first part of my response to Stephanie Gordon’s Ask Your Husband: A Catholic Guide for Femininity, published by TAN Books, I drilled down into the foundation of Tim and Stephanie Gordon’s shared understanding of Christian patriarchy to show...

Ask Your Husband: A Dangerous Guide for Women (Part 2)

Has Viganò changed?

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has been in the news again. He recently received attention on February 19, when the Canadian professor-turned-media guru Jordan Peterson tweeted out a YouTube video to his 2.4 million followers entitled, “Archbishop Viganò’s IMPORTANT MESSAGE To...

Has Viganò changed?

Pope Francis and social sins

Pope Francis speaks a lot about social sins, such as environmental degradation, racism, and anti-Christian economic structures. He is not the first pope to speak about environmentalism, but he is the first Pope to have written an encyclical devoted to...

Pope Francis and social sins

Authoritarian popes or rebellious bishops?

In recent weeks, many traditionalist blogs and websites have been publishing articles about the supposedly exaggerated position of the Pope in the modern Church. Rather than focusing on Pope Francis, they are arguing that we should rethink the institution of...

Authoritarian popes or rebellious bishops?