Fiducia Supplicans & Bank Robbery: Cognitive Dissonance in the Life of the Church

Imagine you witness a man walk into a bank, point a gun at the teller, and say “I have no intention of legitimizing bank-robbing, but would you please give me $10,000 in the next five minutes?” Horrified, you run to the nearest police station and relate what you saw, but to your shock the policeman … Read more

Word Salad: A Clarification That Obfuscates

In many ways, the clarification published by Cardinal Fernández on January 4, 2024, is even worse than the original document it purports to clarify, the Declaration Fiducia Supplicans of December 18, 2023. Fernández doubles down on the idea of “non-liturgical blessings,” but this frankly makes no sense. A priest is a minister of God who, … Read more

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski: Popesplainers Will Have to Face Almighty God

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski had some words of warning for Catholic Bishops who are trying to explain away the significance of Fiducia Supplicans. In a series of Tweets, Dr. Kwasniewski stated: Actions speak louder than words. Nobody’s going to read a long Vatican document but everyone will see with his own eyes the one Sunday a … Read more

Premature Celebration

The point is not the “Synod documents” but the process of perpetual synodalism A very good priest whom I highly respect had this reaction to the concluding document of the Synod (summarized by The Pillar here): It would seem that the last attempt at revolution in the Catholic Church has run out of steam. The … Read more

Bishop Victor Fernandez: From Church to Movement

On September 11, another of Argentina’s most beloved sons, Archbishop Victor Fernández, took office as Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith. Two Argentines are at the top of the government of the Catholic Church. A source of pride for all those born in this particularly blessed land. And the new prefect, now … Read more

Is a Synod of Horrors Coming Our Way?

Recently I heard a lady being asked about the “synodal church.” Her answer was as succinct as it was accurate: “Please! I’m Catholic, not synodical.” I can only agree with this myself, even though talk of the “synodal church” is now so naturally on everyone’s lips as if it were a statement of faith. In … Read more

Conundrums About Interpretation: What Is a Catholic to Do?

Recently here at Crisis Magazine, Casey Chalk published “The Protestant Doctrine That Gave Us Pro-Trans Churches,” detailing the impossible tangle that results from sola scriptura and offering a fine summary of the classic Catholic case for why there must be a God-appointed interpreter of the Bible, since it is not self-interpreting. As a Roman Catholic … Read more

Dozens of Billboards Go Up Around Rome in Defense of the TLM

Starting this morning, and lasting for 15 days, several dozen billboards dedicated to the traditional liturgy will be posted near and around the Vatican. An organizing committee, whose members are participating in a personal capacity and who come from different Catholic entities (such as the blogs, Messainlatino and Campari & de Maistre, and the associations, … Read more