Is Francis Signaling Women’s Ordination in Foot Washing Ceremony?

Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 women inmates at a Roman prison Thursday evening, the first time any pope included no men in the Holy Thursday ritual. The Church’s practice of washing the feet of 12 people is intended as a commemoration of the moment at the Last Supper when Jesus washed the feet … Read more

Blasphemy: Francis Says South American Migrants Are the ‘Suffering Flesh of Christ’

Pope Francis wrote a letter to a group of mostly South American migrants Thursday, calling them “the suffering flesh of Christ.” The pontiff told the 3,000 migrants gathered at Lajas Blancas in Panama en route to the United States that he would like to be there with them personally but instead was represented by a … Read more

African Cardinal: Blessings for Same-Sex Couples ‘Western Imperialism’

In a March 17 interview with the French-language Catholic television channel KTO, Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo, the president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), said that African Catholics still believe in the biblical prohibition of homosexual practice as an “abomination.” On December 18, 2023, the Vatican’s doctrinal office issued a declaration … Read more

Cardinal McElroy Claims Opponents of Homosexual Couple “Blessings” have an “Enduring Animus Towards LGBT Persons”

Opposition from U.S. Catholics to the recent Vatican declaration lifting a ban on blessing gay couples is the result of “an enduring animus among far too many toward LGBT persons,” Cardinal McElroy stated this weekend at the Religious Education Congress sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The cardinal caused an uproar in 2023 when … Read more

Pope Warns Human Gluttony Is ‘Killing the Planet’

Pope Francis offered an extended reflection on the sin of gluttony Wednesday, calling it “the most dangerous vice” because it is “killing the planet.” “The way we eat is the manifestation of something inner,” the pontiff said during his weekly general audience in the Vatican, “a predisposition to balance or immoderation; the capacity to give … Read more

Vatican ‘Orgasm-Gate’ May Be The Last Straw For Tucho

Writings from the Vatican’s controversial doctrinal czar exploring intimate details of male and female orgasm has been dubbed the last straw for his meteoric but scandal-ridden career. Víctor Manuel “Tucho” Fernández, a close personal friend and ghostwriter for Pope Francis, whom the pontiff called to Rome to lead the Vatican’s powerful doctrinal office, elevating him … Read more

Francis Under Fire from Black Christians

Pope Francis has met with stiff opposition from black Christian leaders after approving the blessing of gay couples. “We, your black Pentecostal brothers in the United States, standing in solidarity with our Catholic brothers in Africa and the diaspora,” begins an open letter to Pope Francis, are compelled to “condemn your decision to bless homosexual … Read more

Pope Francis: Italians Should Welcome Immigrants as ‘Sons and Daughters’

Pope Francis said Monday that immigrants are helping to replace Italy’s falling population and urged Italians to welcome them as their own children. “Immigrants help when they fit in well,” the pontiff told a group of government officials gathered in the Vatican. “Italy is a land where there is a lack of children, and migrants … Read more

Pope Francis to COP28: Climate Has ‘Run Amok,’ Planet ‘Overheating’

Pope Francis sent a message Saturday to the COP28 United Nations climate summit decrying the “unbridled exploitation” of the environment by first world nations. Climate change “greatly endangers all human beings,” the pontiff said in his sternly worded address, and “time is short” to react to the current ecological crisis. “It has now become clear … Read more