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Updates on the controversy on homosexual unions

I wish to make some updates to my previous piece on the subject, in light of recent controversies and findings. 1) It seems like the tweet I used containing the snippet from the documentary has been removed. A new one...

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The futility of “Explaining the pope away”

Signs of an all-too familiar pattern are appearing.  The narrative that the pope didn’t really say what he said seems to be developing in some conservative Catholic circles. We’re still in the midst of the media circus after Pope Francis...

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Those Pope Francis quotes: Video editing and media controversy

[This article has been updated. Click here] There was a stir in Catholic media today that began when Catholic News Agency reported that Pope Francis had expressed support for the recognition of same-sex unions. According to CNA, Francis was quoted...

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Pope Francis and Civil Unions: Critical Context

Today, Catholic social media unleashed a fury of reactions to the revelation that Pope Francis had indicated support for the idea of same-sex civil unions in a clip from “Francesco,” an upcoming feature-length documentary by filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky.  It’s hard...

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Dubious Suspicions: My Journey Back to Pope Francis

I offer here a sketch of someone caught in the eddies of our time. A sketch because it is not complete; I am still in the midst of confusion and uncertainty. But something of an outline is taking shape, and...

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Vatican II and “weaponized ambiguity”

It has become common among critics of the Second Vatican Council to use the expression “weaponized ambiguity” to describe certain conciliar teachings. This expression assumes that language in the Vatican II documents is ambiguous, in the sense that teachings can...

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Breakfast of Scandals: Chaput adds to Barr fiasco

William Barr, a Catholic, has generated controversy since he began his tenure as Attorney General of the United States in February 2019. Among other things, on July 25, 2019, he ordered the Federal Bureau of Prisons to execute five federal...

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The real harm caused by papal critics

A piece I wrote was published today in America. It was very difficult to write, but as Sam Rocha mentioned in our most recent podcast, it’s important that we share our stories. I’m telling my story because I know I...

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What’s on Sam Rocha’s Mind?

Sam Rocha stopped by the field hospital recently to talk to me and Paul Fahey. We had a wide-ranging conversation on a variety of topics, including Catholicism, socialism, racism, postmodernism, Latin American Catholicism, the message of Pope Francis, and how...

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The Pope isn’t Perfect

The contributors to this website are often accused of having an unthinking devotion to Pope Francis, or of blindly agreeing with everything he says. I’ve seen many critics on social media claim that we make excuses and twist ourselves into...

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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...

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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...

Pope Francis, Thomas Merton, and the false self

In his address to the US Congress in 2015, Pope Francis mentioned the prominent American Trappist monk Thomas Merton, describing him as “a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for...

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