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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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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...

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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...

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Was that Paganism in the Vatican?

This is one of the most important—if not the most important—podcasts we have done to date. Pedro Gabriel and I talk about the work he did to unravel and respond to the controversy surrounding the Vatican prayer service before October’s...

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Theosis, Pastoral Accompaniment, and the Law of Gradualism

Back in January the Lord put on my mind and heart an idea for a theological essay that he wanted me to write. I don’t say that lightly here. Never before has something burned within me until I wrote it...

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Peter is the Church’s source of unity

Today is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, so obviously we could not let today go by without mentioning the patronal feast for our website! Pope Francis delivered a wonderful homily today, recalling how today’s First Reading, from the...

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Viganò, QAnon, and the ‘Deep Church’ explained

In this edition of Peter’s Field Hospital, I’m joined by DW Lafferty and Nathan Turowsky. This week, we discuss the origins of some of the more obscure terms used by Archbishop Viganò in his letter to President Trump, and how...

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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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What about accompaniment for dissenters?

“A lukewarm attitude, any kind of relativism, or an undue reticence in pro­posing that ideal, would be a lack of fidelity to the Gospel and also of love on the part of the Church for young people themselves. To show...

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Why Catholics can’t ignore the reactionary fringe

Where Peter Is · Why Catholics can’t ignore the reactionary fringe Continuing our conversation about conversion and growing in the faith, Adam Rasmussen, Rachel Dobbs, and I discuss how a distorted understanding of the faith has been widely promoted by...

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May we be profoundly shaken

For the past couple of weeks I have taken up Pope Francis’s recent encouragement that we read his encyclical Laudato Si. I’m ashamed to say that I’d never read it before, but I decided that now is as good a...

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The conversion journey: challenges, temptations, and stereotypes

  For this new edition of Peter’s Field Hospital, I had a conversation with two of my fellow WPI contributors, Rachel Dobbs and Adam Rasmussen. Both Adam and Rachel came into the Catholic faith as young adults, but through very...

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Why we call her Mother of the Church

She conceived, brought forth and nourished Christ. She presented Him to the Father in the temple, and was united with Him by compassion as He died on the Cross. In this singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope...

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Saint Paul VI: Announce the Gospel with love, zeal, and joy

Today, May 29, is the feast of Pope Saint Paul VI, who was canonized in 2018 by Pope Francis. The papacy of Saint Paul VI has been described by many as the most pivotal of the 20th century, and not...

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Austen Ivereigh on evangelization in the post-pandemic world

Listen to part 2 of our Peter’s Field Hospital conversation with Austen Ivereigh. In this concluding segment, DW Lafferty and I talk to Austen about how to communicate the message of Pope Francis to Catholics who resist his message. We...

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We must be open to correction from Pope Francis

The truth is uncomfortable. When we question, correct, and even seek to destroy it, it seems that the truth has an unshakable will to appear and expose lies and division. A few days ago, on May 7, 2020, a website...

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The Gospel of Life is at the heart of Jesus’ message

As Italy was facing the full wrath of COVID-19 in March, Pope Francis quietly marked the 25th anniversary of the encyclical Evangelium Vitae. He stressed that the Catholic Church’s pro-life message is more relevant than ever: “The attacks on the...

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Printable Rosary Guides for May 2020

This week, Pope Francis once again called upon the faithful to pray the Rosary. He requested that we pray the Rosary every day in the month of May, and he provided two additional prayers to Our Lady that he will...

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