Laudate Deum and the Eclipse of the Church

What to make of a document like Pope Francis’s latest apostolic exhortation, Laudate Deum? Like other Francis encyclicals, it is hardly recognizable as a Catholic document. The central portion of the letter addresses the “progress and failures” of various “climate conferences” held in the last decades. It features an entire section vaguely prognosticating on a … Read more

Francis Makes His Most Audacious Move Yet: Rehabilitating His Friend, Sex Abuser Marko Rupnik

When he was elevated to Pope a decade ago, there was a widespread hope that Pope Francis would take effective steps to remedy the sexual abuse crisis in the Church. It is now clear that Francis has utterly failed in this regard. His Pontifical Academy for the Protection of Minors has fallen apart and lost … Read more

Synod Forced to Acknowledge What Young People Really Want: An End to TLM Restrictions

Pope Francis likes to talk of the “God of Surprises.” In this connection, Pope Francis praised St. Peter, “who had the freedom not to hinder God’s grace, and not to “silence the din that the Spirit makes when he comes to the Church.” For Francis and his allies, one of the greatest surprises of the ‘consultation … Read more

Pope Francis and the “Clericalized Laity”: a Confused Critique

Pope Francis has issued an attack on American Catholics, denouncing them as “backwards” and  “reactionary” in an interview released Monday. Francis has made similar comments against his perceived “conservative” critics on other occasions. This particular denunciation received much more press coverage not because it was nastier (Francis last summer accused traditionalists of having a “dead faith”), … Read more