The Welcome Demise of Enforced Optimism

The meltdown of the Church in the West since the Second Vatican Council doubtless has many and complex causes, but I am convinced that the foremost cause of it is the fact that churchmen[1] have betrayed much of Catholic Tradition and legislation, and have merited divine punishment as a result—let us call it a period … Read more

African Priest Responds to Pope Francis: “You Have Scandalized the Whole World Several Times by Contradicting Christian Tradition”

Abbé Janvier Gbénou (pen name: Father Jesusmary Missigbètò), who has frequently been in the news on account of his outspoken critiques of Pope Francis (see, e.g., here, here, and here) which earned him expulsion from Opus Dei, has written a public response to the latest decree that, according to his account, forbids him to preach, … Read more

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski Responds to Bishop Christensen’s Ban on Ad Orientem Mass

The coronavirus crisis—to whatever extent real or exaggerated—seems, as with all crises, to be bringing out the best and the worst in people. Unfortunately, with a few exceptions like Bishop Strickland, it seems to be bringing out the worst in our bishops. The Catholic world is moving day by day into a growing sacramental blackout … Read more

Pope Francis: Catholics Shouldn’t be Afraid to Change Everything about the Church

Pope Francis’s Christmas address of December 21 — the traditional feast of the doubting Thomas the Apostle and of the Ember Saturday of Advent — is exactly the antithesis of the famous “hermeneutic of continuity” address delivered by Pope Benedict XVI on December 22, 2005. In that speech, Ratzinger (successfully or unsuccessfully) tried to reconnect the … Read more

Pope Francis’s Hermeneutic of Anti-Continuity

Pope Francis’s Christmas address of December 21—the traditional feast of the doubting Thomas the Apostle and of the Ember Saturday of Advent—is exactly the antithesis of the famous “hermeneutic of continuity” address delivered by Pope Benedict XVI on December 22, 2005. In that speech, Ratzinger (successfully or unsuccessfully) tried to reconnect the postconciliar experiment with … Read more