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LISTEN: Pope Francis, Wayward Shepherd

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In the first year or two of Pope Francis’s pontificate, conservative-minded Catholics made heroic efforts to place the perplexing ways of the new pope in continuity with the thought and deeds of his immediate predecessors. It was said that he had been a forceful critic of liberation theology, at least in its Marxist expressions, that […]

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Is The Pope Catholic?

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Francis was elected to be a reformer, yet in the six years since he became pope, the rot in the Church has only become worse. Even when, as at present, the Catholic Church exercises very little direct political or social power, its continued witness to the world after two millennia retains a compelling grandeur. Empires […]

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Pope Francis: “Show Me Your Friends, and I’ll Tell You Who You Are”

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This adage came to mind when reading Pope Francis’s latest interview with Eugenio Scalfari. It is sadly true that the pope has chosen Scalfari—an old socialist atheist, apostate from the Catholic Church,2 and co-founder of the Italian leftist newspaper La Repubblica—as a friend and confidant. Indeed, Pope Francis has made Scalfari the unofficial spokesman for […]

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Church Historian Says Pope Francis Skating On Thinnest Ice Ever

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A distinguished Church historian who fled the tyranny of Fidel Castro is warning that Pope Francis is theologically “skating on the thinnest ice that anyone — not just living, but dead or watching — is.” “It is very rare” for a pope to be accused of unorthodoxy or perhaps even heresy, Carlos M. N. Eire, professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale […]

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The Book Scrubbing Controversy

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The book’s rollout caused a backlash against Benedict appearing as co-author of the book, even though it appears the Pope Emeritus had given at least tacit prior approval for the full manuscript. The controversy regarding the book on the priesthood and priestly celibacy with parts penned by Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah has produced […]

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The Pope’s Mask Falls Again

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he media insists that Jorge Bergoglio is the pope of the common man even as he turns his nose up at populist movements, hobnobs with celebrities, plots with UN elitists, and slaps the hand of a ropeline enthusiast. The last controversy — a sour Francis was captured on video hitting the hand of a woman […]