Category: Analysis

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Catholicism and the COVID-19 Vaccine

As the world witnesses the long-awaited rollout of new, promising COVID-19 vaccines, most of us are thankful and rejoicing that we are one enormous step closer to the end of this pandemic. Managing this rollout will be an enormous challenge,...

Catholicism and the COVID-19 Vaccine
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Pope Francis on Media Distortion

“At the Synod on Amazonia in Rome in October 2019 some groups in the Church and their media reported the presence of indigenous people through a continuously distorted lens. What was beautiful in that synod—the deep respect for indigenous culture...

Pope Francis on Media Distortion
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Pope clarifies Amoris Laetitia in new book

“This was the great breakthrough the Spirit brought us: a better synthesis of truth and mercy in a fresh understanding drawn from within our own Tradition. Without changing law or doctrine but recovering an authentic meaning of both, the Church...

Pope clarifies Amoris Laetitia in new book
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Bright spots from the USCCB General Assembly Day 1

The US Bishops met today (virtually) for their annual general assembly meeting. If you want to read commentary on the proceedings and votes of today, there’s plenty of that on other sites. Two things stood out to me that I...

Bright spots from the USCCB General Assembly Day 1
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The McCarrick Report: 40 years of facts laid bare

There are two jaw-dropping revelations in the Vatican report on the apparently irresistible rise of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. The first is that St John Paul II personally made the decision to name McCarrick Archbishop of Washington in November 2000...

The McCarrick Report: 40 years of facts laid bare
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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...

Pope Francis breaks a few plates
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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...

Misreading Francis on Private Property
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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...

Pope Francis and Civil Unions: Critical Context
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Fraternity: A Christological Virtue

Pope Francis’s recent encyclical, Fratelli tutti, presents fraternity as  a necessary, Christocentric ingredient of and precondition for the betterment and advancement of society. Though the language of “fraternity” has not made many appearances in previous social encyclicals, and struck many...

Fraternity: A Christological Virtue
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For Pope Francis, dialogue isn’t relativism

Pope Francis’s third encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship, is a gift to the Church and to the human race. Building on previous social encyclicals, including his own Laudato Si’ (2015) and Benedict XVI’s Caritas in Veritate (2009),...

For Pope Francis, dialogue isn’t relativism
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Catholic teaching on euthanasia and end-of-life care

The Catholic Church espouses a consistent ethic of life that requires the legal protection of all human life from conception to natural death. Thus Pope Francis wrote, in his 2018 Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad”): The...

Catholic teaching on euthanasia and end-of-life care

Apocalypse When? Catholic millenarianism rising

With the recent condemnation of the alleged private revelations of the Canadian priest Fr. Michel Rodrigue (whose claims were recently discussed by DW Lafferty and Mike Lewis for WPI) by his responsible ordinary, Bishop Gilles Lemay of the Diocese of...

Apocalypse When? Catholic millenarianism rising

LifeSiteNews: The Origin Story

We all know LifeSiteNews. Their articles are shrill, sensationalistic, highly biased, and frequently display the marks of a fanatical Catholic traditionalism. The titles of the regular blog posts of their editor-in-chief capture the obsessions that underlie their reporting: President Trump...

LifeSiteNews: The Origin Story

Biblical

For years I worried that the QAnon conspiracy theory would find its way into Catholicism, but thankfully it seems there are few fervent Catholics who openly support QAnon right now. Recently, however, I came across an exception in “Friend of...

Biblical