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 scandal, reporter Inés San Martin asked about the case of Bp. Zanchetta who would’ve been found with gay porn in his cellphone involving young people, a case reportedly know to Pope Francis himself. Allegedly, His Holiness would’ve not only refused to act on this, but would’ve given Zanchetta a prestigious position in the Vatican. This case was, unsurprisingly, taken up by the usual papal critics to bolster their dissent and “lavender mafia” narrative. Now, the same journalist gives us additional information that not only shows that the incident didn’t involve minors at the time (meaning that Zanchetta didn’t commit any crime, making it harder to take action), but also that Francis’ move of Zanchetta to the Vatican might’ve had a protective and positive intention, given the circumstances.

March 19th was St. Joseph Day. Even if it has been published in 2014, we tought it apropos to bring to your attention this article from apologist Michelle Arnold, fleshing out the story of St. Joseph in light of Pope Francis’ theology.

Big surprise! As Mike Lewis has noted, One Peter Five, one of the websites leading the barrage of criticism against our beloved Pope, has published a thorough article debunking the claims that Pope Francis has not been validly elected. Though we can’t recommend this site in any other circumstance, we think that this two part series can help those who are faithful to Francis’ Magisterium to find arguments against sedevacantists and “Pope Benedict’s resignation was invalid” conspiracy theorists. See here and here.

An interesting testimony from an ex-intern who worked at Church Militant, exposing the flaws in the modus operandi of this organization. Just like Pope Francis has stated several times, you can’t spend all your time accusing the Church. We can see the bad fruits of such a posture in this article.

Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation, in the wake of the 2018 Synod on the Youth, is going to be signed this Monday and released some unspecified time afterwards. Its name will be “Vive Cristo, esperanza nuestra” (Spanish for “Live Christ, our hope“). As we know, there are some Catholics who read the pontiff through a hermeneutic of suspicion to twist his words in order to make him sound heterodox. We therefore advise our readers not to be impressed by controversies that may arise in the following days. In fact, the earlier these criticisms appear, the more likely it is that the critics didn’t read the whole document and just scavenged it for snippets to prove their narrative. We advise our readers to await until the dust settles and cooler heads have had time to answer the charges of the critics. Or, better yet, we advise our readers to read the document in full, prayerfully and with openness.

 

 


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Pedro Gabriel, MD, is a Catholic layman and physician, born and residing in Portugal. He is a medical oncologist, currently employed in a Portuguese public hospital. A published writer of Catholic novels with a Tolkienite flavor, he is also a parish reader and a former catechist. He seeks to better understand the relationship of God and Man by putting the lens on the frailty of the human condition, be it physical and spiritual. He also wishes to provide a fresh perspective of current Church and World affairs from the point of view of a small western European country, highly secularized but also highly Catholic by tradition.

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