Francis Is the Pope He Was Waiting For

In my book Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education, there is a chapter titled “A Pope Away from a Perfect Life for the Jesuits.” The chapter documents in depressing detail the ways in which the Jesuits began to wage war with the pope following Vatican II. It describes how the 28 Jesuit campuses … Read more

The Rise of Performative Catholicism

Once society allows individuals to claim an identity grounded exclusively in emotion or desire, anyone can claim to be a practicing Catholic no matter their beliefs or actions. Performative Catholicism has become the norm today, and the Rosary is the primary tool in the performance. President Joe Biden loves to show off his rosary, such … Read more

Don’t Just Blame the Dodgers: Blame the Collapse of Catholic Fidelity

As the debate continues to rage over Los Angeles Dodgers’ honoring of the “good works” performed by the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” — a group that has spent the last four decades denigrating Catholic religious nuns by dressing in drag and performing obscene gestures at Gay Pride parades — most of the criticism is directed … Read more

Francis’ Hermeneutic of Error and Envy

While there have been some notable attempts to help us understand the rationale behind the most recent motu proprio, Traditionis Custodes, the published reflection on the document by Italian Professor Massimo Viglione stands out because it is the only one that recognizes the sin of envy that is driving this latest papal attempt to destroy … Read more

Catholic Health Association Provides Cover for Pro-Abortion HHS Pick

For faithful Catholics, it is discouraging — but not surprising — to see that the Catholic Health Association (CHA) is lauding the appointment of Xavier Becerra as head of the Department of Health and Human Services. A former California congressman who has historically supported legislation and policies designed to expand a woman’s right to choose … Read more

Understanding the Demographics of the Predatory Priest Problem

While some deny a same-sex predation problem among priests, the Grand Jury Report reflects similar demographic data as the John Jay Study of nearly 15 years ago. Faithful Catholics were still reeling from last month’s revelations of homosexual predatory behavior by former-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick when the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report released the names and the … Read more