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.

Links of interest (March 17th – 23rd)

13 Responses

  1. petey says:

    the comments following the article by the ex-intern are interesting 8n their own way. they quite confirm his decision.

  2. chris dorf says:

    Thank you Pedro for all the work you continue to do to continually clarify the obfuscation of Pope Francis’s papacy by his detractors. You all doing a great job explicating the beliefs and attitudes of the different groups of detractors. They are convinced obviously of thier correctness of analysis, as I see from some posters to Where Peter Is.
    Keep up the inspired work…as they claim that we are misled by the spirits of lies and darkness.

  3. Pete Vickery says:

    A better translation of the Spanish “Vive Cristo” would be “Long live Christ” as in “Vive Cristo Rey” which in Mexico is understood as “Long live Christ the King”, which were the last words of Blessed Miguel Pro (which became the rallying cry of the brave Cristeros). I know that a transliteration of “Vive Cristo” is literally “Live Christ” in English, but that is not how it is understood in Spanish. Vive Cristo Rey! Vive Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe! Vive el Papa Francisco!

  4. chris dorf says:

    I replied on the blog link of the former Church Militant thusly:

    “Thank you for writing this piece. I spent many years being harassed by anti-Catholic former Catholics and various forms of born again baptists and evangelical christians. To tell you the truth, I can not tell much difference between the venom and vitriol of the Jack Chick group of anti-Catholics and the Pope Francis detractors whom think that he is an anti-christ figure manipulated by the devil.
    I was pushed to the end of my rope one day back in those days and asked our father in heaven to intervene and help me know what the truth of all that detraction was. God was good and lifted that cloud one glorious morning and released me from those spirits that were oppressing me thru lies and accusations.
    Praised be Jesus and Mary!”

  5. Pete Vickery says:

    Yeah, sorry my mistake. I shouldn’t comment when I’m tired. Viva is “long live” and “Vive” is “lives” so Cristo Vive is “Christ lives”. This is why you should keep writing and I should comment less and learn more. My wife is Mexican and let’s not tell her about this incident, OK?

    • Pedro Gabriel says:

      Please keep commenting as much as you’d like. And don’t worry: your secret is safe with me and all the rest of the Internet 😉

    • Pedro Gabriel says:

      It seems, from what I’ve reading on Catholic News Sources, that the actual title has been translated as “Christ, our hope, lives”

  6. carn says:

    While this indicates that there might be little or no wrongdoing by the Pope, it is in a sense even more depressing than if the Pope had made an error:

    “Local newspaper El Tribuno published documents from 2015 and 2016 that prove the Vatican, including the pope, knew about the bishop’s improper behavior. There were also allegations of financial wrongdoing. Zanchetta was not suspected of stealing money, but of failing to report diocesan income.”

    “The pope’s decision to move Zanchetta to Rome falls under a concept often heard around the Vatican: The nails come out from the top. Meaning, sometimes, the best way of making a problematic prelate disappear is by bringing him to the Vatican.”

    So the rules of the Church are such that the Supreme Pontiff can upon indication that someone is both morally corrupt and in financial matters unreliable only resolve the situation by PROMOTING that someone and that even into a department that is SUPERVISING a bank?

    Ok, maybe the Pope did nothing wrong there. But someone should dig into canon law and change some rules.

    If an organization operates on:
    “He probably did do something seriously wrong; what can we about him?”
    “We should promote him; that is the best that we can do.”

    that does not bode well upon the long term success of the organization.

    • Jane says:

      Perhaps we don’t and can’t know all the details?

      • carn says:


        But the narrative presented here on wherepeteris – which have the explicit intention to defend the Pope or in other words put him insofar the facts allow in a positive light – is the one i described:
        “but also that Francis’ move of Zanchetta to the Vatican might’ve had a protective and positive intention, given the circumstances.”

        So the most positive take so far upon the facts is, that Zanchetta probably misbehaved in a serious way and that the best option to ‘sanction’ him was to something, that looks a bit like a promotion.

        If that is the most positive take, the capability of the Church as an organization to sanction misbehavior is pretty mediocre and in need for improvement.

        Reminds me of the story alleged about Pope Benedict, who supposedly told some guest asking him to do something about some problem, that supposedly his power ends at the doorstep of his office.

        I really could not comprehend if anyone here at wherepeteris looked at this positive take without some worry, due it being maybe positive for Pope Francis, but not positive for the Church as a whole.

        We should hope that more facts emerge, which allow for a more positive picture, cause this one is far from being actually “positive” for the Church.

  7. Jane says:

    Thank you, Mr. Gabriel, for these Links of Interest. I had noticed when Amoris Laetitia was just newly issued when Chapter 8 was already being attacked. I thought, “What about Chapters 1 through 7?” Why was Chapter 8 picked out from the rest so soon, taken out of context in order to take down the Holy Father? Why had not the rest of the document been read first?

    Thank you also for the wonderful confession of the person who left the Vortex. I completely agree when he says that any and every Saint would never ever publicly criticize a cleric or bishop or Cardinal, the Pope. . .

    He said, Whenever a Saint corrected someone, it was usually done privately, especially if it concerned a clergymen or religious. The Saint was also typically someone who had the authority to change the offending behaviors or beliefs, which news sites do not have. When they did object to things publicly (as sometimes happened,) it was after having tried correcting the offender privately (as Jesus himself instructs in Matt. 18:15,) and it was with due respect and charity. News sites like Church Militant, when they give accurate and true stories, give them out to people who have absolutely no power whatsoever to solve the issue, rather than contacting that person for clarification or, if guilt is proven, their superior. Church Militant breeds division and contempt in the Church, freely and liberally labeling the large majority of laypeople and clergy liberals and heretics, whom the faithful few must band together and battle against at every opportunity.

    Those who attack our Holy Father like to use St. Catherine of Siena to support their claims and their railing and reviling. How different she was in her approach, her words and her actions.

    I think this person who left the Vortex might love Where Peter is 🙂 God Bless you

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