Dominic and I are back tonight at 8:30 pm EDT for a new episode of The Debrief to discuss a few controversies, some news, and to talk a little bit about taming the Twitter trolls.


  1. Did a recently-appointed Cardinal say that WYD isn’t about evangelization?
  2. What should we do with our hands during the Lord’s Prayer?
  3. Tips for trolls on Catholic Twitter

Summary and Links:

1) Mike and Dominic discuss a controversy surrounding future cardinal, Bishop Americo Aguiar of Lisbon, who is also in charge of organizing World Youth Day, who is quoted as saying: “We don’t want to convert the young people to Christ or to the Catholic Church or anything like that at all.”

What should we make of this?


Bishop Aguiar, Pope Benedict, and Interreligious Dialogue – Where Peter Is by Claire Domingues and Pedro Gabriel

Beyond Superficiality: Bishop Aguiar’s vision for World Youth Day – Where Peter Is by Pedro Gabriel

2) Last week, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines issued a “clarification” regarding the posture of the laity during the recitation of the Our Father during Mass.

What did it say?

Link: CBCP liturgy body clarifies hand posture during ‘Lord’s Prayer’ | CBCPNews

3) Mike and Dominic discuss Mike’s new post on his substack site called “Rules for Trolls” with the Subheading “Let’s make the Twitter experience better for both of us.”

Link: Rules for Trolls – Mike Lewis Extra


Intro Episode: https://youtu.be/LevSkGFqq4U

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