Tagged: Fratelli Tutti

The Self-Defeating Christian Commentariat

The lack of the unity in the Church in recent years has given rise to more than just a penchant for irrational scientific beliefs and moral dogmatism. It has also allowed the sin of vainglory to flourish and find new...

The Self-Defeating Christian Commentariat

Each country also belongs to the foreigner

I don’t think Pope Francis is recognized enough for his skill as a theologian. It is the Pope Emeritus who is, rightly, widely recognized as possessing a brilliant theological mind. Francis, on the other hand, is seen as the great...

Each country also belongs to the foreigner

Pope Francis and Just War Tradition

Pope Francis, in his encyclical Fratelli Tutti, comments upon the use and misuse of the just war tradition within Catholicism (FT 256-62). His main point is that “in recent decades every single war has been ostensibly ‘justified’” by its apologists,...

Pope Francis and Just War Tradition

Pope Francis the Dreamer

“God wills, Man dreams, the work is born” — Fernando Pessoa “O Infante,” “Mensagem” (my translation) Pope Francis often asks us to dream. In fact, the Holy Father signs off his most recent encyclical with these words: “Yet only by...

Pope Francis the Dreamer

We are meant for each other

Community—communion—is the fundamental building block of the Catholic faith. Christ draws us into himself to create the community of believers, a cloud of witnesses. Even more foundational is that God does this radically by offering the whole of himself to...

We are meant for each other

Reclaiming Tradition on Fratelli tutti

I had the pleasure of having been invited to the podcast “Tradition Reclaimed“, a Youtube channel focused on advancing authentic tradition, in communion with the living magisterium. In this episode we talked about the encyclical Fratelli tutti and the richness...

Reclaiming Tradition on Fratelli tutti

Abortion and Political Love

Now that the votes have been cast in the US election, I hope Catholics can once again discuss the issue of abortion without being accused of trying to sway the Catholic vote. And discuss it we must, because it is...

Abortion and Political Love

Fratelli Tutti – Live Presentation

UPDATE: Here’s the video. Tonight at 6:30pm (EST) I’m giving a presentation on Pope Francis’s new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti.  St. Thomas Aquinas parish in East Lansing, Michigan invited me to give an hour-long presentation (followed by a brief Q&A). You...

Fratelli Tutti – Live Presentation

Peace Is Achieved in Respectful Conflict

Our world is in need of peace. All around the globe, and especially in the United States, we see the rotten fruits of a society that is not at peace. There is violence in the streets, rage on social media,...

Peace Is Achieved in Respectful Conflict

Fratelli tutti – Francis’s most traditional document?

There are two persistent criticisms used against Francis and his teachings by many of his detractors. The first is that the Holy Father is not concerned with squaring his (allegedly) new teachings with tradition and prior magisterium. The second claim...

Fratelli tutti – Francis’s most traditional document?