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What We Can Learn from Chronically Ill Leaders

Last Friday Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, announced that he is resigning due to a flare-up of chronic illness. Abe, a hawkish nationalist and close international ally of US President Donald Trump, is Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister. He had...

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...

Son of Legendary Catholic Author Dies at 95

January 16 brought the news that Christopher Tolkien, best known as the longtime literary executor of his father J.R.R. Tolkien, had died at his home in the South of France at the age of 95. Tolkien was born in 1924...

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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...

Where Peter Is – LIVE (sort of, not really)

I was asked to give a talk about Pope Francis at the Catholic Information Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While I’m only one member of the WPI team and this isn’t an official WPI event, I wanted to let you...

Links of interest (Apr 14-22)

After his most insightful article diagnosing the roots of American Catholic polarization, Robert Christian addresses its possible remedies: “One critical way to reduce enmity is for American Catholics who are publicly dissenting from Church teaching to be honest about their...

Links of interest (Apr 7th – 13th)

Certainly one of the most newsworthy happenings this week was Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s new article about the sexual abuse crisis. Of course, the usual papal detractors have taken the opportunity to pit Benedict’s opinion against Francis’ reforms and teachings....

Links of interest (Mar 31st – Apr 6th)

Journalist Christopher Lamb provides an excelent preliminary analysis on Christus Vivit, as well as its context in light of Jorge Bergoglio’s lifestory. In this excellent essay, Robert Christian explains the roots of American Catholic polarization, one of the causes of...

Links of interest (March 24 – 30)

Pope Francis has issued a Motu Proprio, enacting legislation for the protection of minors and vulnerable people in the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State. The Motu Proprio can be read in full here. These guidelines have been hailed...

Links of interest (March 17th – 23rd)

In the context of the terrorist attacks to the mosques of Christchurch, New Zealand, Pope Francis affirms his closeness with our Muslim brothers and renews his invitation for prayers for peace. During the bishops’ summit dealing with the sexual abuse...

Links of interest (week Dec 30, 2018 to Jan 1, 2019)

A letter from Cardinal Ouellet has shed new light on the events happening before the Vatican block of the US bishops voting on measures against abuse in the American Church. This block has been used by the usual quarters to...

Links of interest (Dec 23rd – 29th)

Christmas time has arrived! Therefore, Pope Francis addressed his flock in the traditional papal blessing Urbi et Orbi. “What does that Child, born for us of the Virgin Mary, have to tell us? What is the universal message of Christmas?...

Links of interest (week Dec 16-22)

In a speech to the Curia, Pope Francis issues strong words against those in the Church involved in the sexual abuses scandals, in preparation for the universal meeting in February on the same topic: “Let it be clear that before...

Links of interest (week Dec 9 – 15)

Pope Francis sent a message to the participants in the International Conference “Human Rights in the Contemporary World: conquests, omissions negations“. In this message, the pontiff invokes several groups of human beings deprived of their basic human rights, namely the...

Links of interest (week Dec 2 – 8)

Pope Francis kicks off the Advent season, by also kicking off a campaign from the charitable foundation Aid to the Church in Need: the “Candle for Peace in Syria” initiative. Said the Pope: “May these flames of hope dispel the darkness...

Links of interest (week Nov 25 – Dec 1)

Some dissenters have tried to wiggle their way out of obedience to Pope Francis, by arguing that Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation was invalid and, therefore, the latter is actually the legitimate pontiff. Mark Mallet wrote a thorough and interesting refutation of that...

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