The Church Can’t Get Past McCarrick

The aftershocks of the Theodore McCarrick scandal are continuing to rock the Church. The latest one came last Thursday. The defrocked cardinal “has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a wedding reception in Massachusetts in 1974,” the Associated Press reported. McCarrick faces three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person … Read more

The Upside-Down Church

Pope Francis can’t rest until all Catholics are modernists. Pope Francis has often compared the Catholic Church to a “field hospital.” It is an odd analogy in his case, given his penchant for quackery and malpractice. The healthiest patients at his field hospital have their limbs hacked off while the sickest ones receive increased dosages … Read more

The Cardinal Marx Charade

Pope Francis recently rejected a preening offer of resignation by German Cardinal Reinhard Marx. It is hard to say which gesture was phonier: the offer or the refusal. Intended as proof of the Church’s commitment to “reform,” this exchange between Pope Francis and Cardinal Marx only exposes its hollowness. The faithful have grown weary of … Read more

Catholic Cancel Culture

In an effort led by the pope, the Church is waging an all-out assault on its most orthodox believers. Before his election to the papacy, Jorge Bergoglio had already earned a reputation as an exponent of “pastoral” Catholicism. But out of it came few pastors, as those familiar with his tenure as archbishop of Buenos … Read more

Vatican Defends Biden on Communion

This pontificate is rightly seen as a repudiation of the restorationist priorities of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Perhaps nowhere is this clearer than on the matter of long-neglected canon law. Discussions about it had intensified under those two previous pontificates. It appeared, for example, that the Church, after many years of … Read more

Waffling Bishops on Biden and Communion

They won’t enforce canon law against him. The post-Vatican II Church has bred many of her own destroyers. Joe Biden is the premier example of this phenomenon. He is the anti-Catholic “Catholic” who persecutes his own church. He represents a political class of bad Catholics that grows larger with each passing year. The Church could … Read more

Biden’s Catholic Praetorian Guard

The Biden presidency is already exposing fissures within the Church. On inauguration day, his Catholic apologists bathed him in praise and took bitter issue with Archbishop José Gomez for daring to criticize his anti-Catholic stances. Gomez, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, issued a tame statement, offering prayers and good wishes while noting, “Our new … Read more

The Biden-Coddling, Trump-Condemning Bishops

Why doesn’t Joe’s incitement to the violence of abortion generate full-throated condemnations? Last year, as riots raged across the country, America’s liberal bishops hesitated to condemn the mob. Far from fretting over the inflammatory rhetoric of Black Lives Matter, some of the bishops repeated it. Bishop Mark Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas, … Read more

Pope Francis Echoes Biden

The anticipated political alliance between Pope Francis and Joe Biden is already beginning to form. The pope recently tweeted out that society needs to “build back better,” which is one of Biden’s signature phrases. Both Biden and Pope Francis gravitate to the jargony rhetoric of the United Nations. In a recent New York Times op-ed, the pope sounded almost … Read more