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Working for Justice amid Partisan Politics

In this new episode of Apostles’ Field Guide, Monica Pope and I finish up our discussion of the USCCB’s pastoral letter against racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts.” As we walked through the eight action points that the bishops’ propose in the final section of the document, we ended up talking about the role...

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The Redpill Poisoning Continues…

In my June 7 post, “The Redpilled Pope of the Qatholic Church?”, I reported on what I described as “the inevitable public merging of Viganoite Catholicism with the MAGA movement.” Archbishop Viganò’s June 6 letter to Trump, which uses language echoing that of the followers of the conspiracy theory and MAGA pseudo-religion known...

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Which Pope said this?

“Do not allow yourselves to be deceived by the cunning statements of those who persistently claim to wish to be with the Church, to love the Church, to fight so that people do not leave Her…But judge them by their works. If they despise the shepherds of the Church and even the Pope,...

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“Whoever succeeds to the Chair of Peter”

Tomorrow, July 18, 2020, marks the 150th Anniversary of the promulgation of the 1870 document Pastor Aeternus, the First Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church of Christ. This document formally spelled out the Church’s teaching on the nature of the papacy and papal primacy. It is perhaps best known for the solemn...

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“Fargo” and the Problem of Evil

Last summer, I took it upon myself to watch as many great films as I could, based on several “best movies” lists. No matter the decade or the genre, I wanted to immerse myself in the most celebrated movies of all time during my summer vacation (I’m a teacher) to expand my knowledge...

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Communio in the Americas and Postmodern Traditionalism

In Part 3 of our conversation with Mexican Catholic scholar Rodrigo Guerra, we discuss the need to strengthen the relationship—to build “communio“—between the Latin American and North American Churches under the patronage of Our Lady of Guadelupe. Next, we discuss the possibility of a traditionalist schism in the Church, fueled by figures such...

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Exposing Viganò’s spurious theory of two councils

In my last piece, I showed how Archbishop Viganò rejects many teachings of Vatican II and the Council itself. How does he justify this, given that he is a Catholic archbishop who would naturally be expected to uphold the councils and teachings of the Church? He offers a tendentious theory that claims there...

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Vigano: Radical Traditionalism Redivivus

Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States from 2011-16, made headlines two years ago when he alleged, without evidence, that Pope Francis knew about the crimes of former-Archbishop Theodore McCarrick but employed him anyway. Recently, he has moved on to promoting a traditionalist agenda against Pope Francis. Since at...

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“Most people would not consider themselves to be racist…”

In episode two of Apostles’ Field Guide, Monica Pope and I continue our examination of the first part of the USCCB’s letter against racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts.” In this episode we finish discussing the “Do Justice” section and then look at the “Love Goodness” portion of the document. We talk about the...

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The Sower and the Seeds: A Timeless Parable

A reflection on the Mass readings for Sunday, July 12, 2020. If Jesus walked among us today, I wonder what parable he would preach? Amidst the pandemic, the social unrest, the racial inequalities, the dehumanization of the human person, the degradation of the environment, what parable would Jesus use? The use of parables...

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A Heart Conquered by Christ: Rodrigo Guerra on Pope Francis

Dan Amiri and I continue our conversation with philosophy professor Rodrigo Guerra, a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and the founder of the Center for Advanced Social research in Mexico. In this discussion, Rodrigo sheds some light on Francis’s theological and philosophical background, dispelling the myth that Francis is not an...

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Which Pope said this?

“[Regarding whether the Church should sell her treasures], this is an easy question. They are not the treasures of the Church, they are treasures of humanity. For example, if tomorrow I decide to put Michelangelo’s Pieta up for auction, I cannot do this, since it is not the property of the Church. It...

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To Preserve Culture Is To Kill It

To attempt to preserve a culture is the surest way to kill it. Like a flower that is pruned so it can be put on display, cultures begin to die when they are removed from their roots. The Catholic culture warrior’s reaction to modern-day iconoclasts inevitably will backfire, unless the focus can shift...

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Aparecida: We cannot reduce the faith to moralism and ethics

Those who have followed Pope Francis’s papacy closely have likely heard many references to his role in creating what is known as the “Aparecida document.” Released in 2007 by the Episcopal Council of Latin American Bishops (CELAM), then-Cardinal Bergoglio was the head of the commission that drafted the document, which encapsulates a vision...

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Pope Francis and the Latin American Church with Rodrigo Guerra

In this new podcast, Dan Amiri and I talk to Rodrigo Guerra about the Church in Latin America. Rodrigo is a professor of philoshopy in Mexico. He has a Ph. D. from the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein. He is an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, a member of...

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The Marian Apocalypse Now: Part 3

In the last installment of my primer on Marian apocalypticism, I looked at the ideological Fatima movement in relation to the Second Secret of Fatima. Here I will continue my look at this movement with a focus on the controversy surrounding the Third Secret of Fatima. At the heart of traditionalist mythology involving...

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Why the Vatican is silent on Viganò

“The Vatican, however, has not spoken.” — JD Flynn Catholic News Agency July 1, 2020 Last week, Catholic News Agency (CNA) published an essay by their editor-in-chief, JD Flynn, analyzing Archbishop Viganò’s growing pile of public missives and the Vatican’s silence about him. In this article, Flynn correctly notes that Viganò’s original contentions—about...

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Faith is more than Assent: Dei Verbum, Chapter One

Whenever we talk about divine revelation, we must also talk about faith, for faith is the human response required by it (DV 5). As I explained in part 1, Dei Verbum shifted the Catholic understanding of revelation away from the words on the page to God’s self. Our understanding of faith must change...

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A Catholic Perspective on Racism – new podcast episode

In episode one of Apostles’ Field Guide, Monica Pope and I discuss the first part of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ pastoral letter against racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts.” In this episode we go through the Introduction and “Do Justice” sections of the letter. We have organized the podcast so that listeners...

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Race and Catholic books for children

In recent weeks, protestors in cities across the United States and Europe have toppled statues of historical figures who participated in, or even fought for, slavery and the slave trade. While at first, the focus was on monuments to the most egregious offenders, such as Confederate generals, a critical eye has now been...

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