A New – and EXPLOSIVE – ‘Dubium’

In the Open Letter that I reproduce below, Father Jan Krutewicz, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, has raised an interesting and important question—one that has potentially explosive implications. This letter has been addressed to Pope Francis and to Cardinal Victor Fernandez, in his capacity as prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of … Read more

AS EXPECTED: Tucho Says No “Witch Hunt” for Priests Who Violate Fiducia Supplicans

Cardinal Victor Fernandez has again insisted that the Vatican directive Fiducia Supplicans does not allow for blessings of homosexual unions, but admitted that some priests may improperly provide such blessings. Reporting on his recent meeting with Coptic Pope Tawadros II, who had strongly rejected the Vatican directive, Cardinal Fernandez said that he had assured the … Read more

Francis Poses as Scientific ‘Expert’

“The stakes could not be higher,” Pope Francis said on May 16, speaking to participants in an international conference on climate change. But actually the stakes could be higher; they could involve human souls rather than polar ice caps or, for that matter, scientific models. There was a time—any time, really, before 2013—when one would … Read more

Bishops: Time to Resist the ‘Gender-Affirming’ Juggernaut

Your Excellencies, you certainly “cannot encourage” gender-altering surgery, because it is an offense against human dignity. But you could forthrightly oppose it. And you didn’t. The horror stories are going to multiply: A troubled girl says that she would like to be a boy, or a boy says he wants to be a girl. The … Read more

American Bishops Shout “Fire!” After Helping To Set The Blaze

PWFA supporters included at least 55 organizations supporting or performing abortions, including America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Civil Liberties Union, NARAL Pro Choice America, National Organization for Women chapters, pro legal abortion medical groups, and homosexual activist associations  After first endorsing and supporting the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), … Read more

Argentine Archbishop Convicted of Gender Violence Against Nuns

Archbishop Mario Cargnello of Salta, a city in northern Argentina, has been convicted of gender violence against Discalced Carmelite nuns, the Salta-based El Tribuno has reported. The nuns had accused Archbishop Cargnello, who has governed the archdiocese since 1999, of harassment of a psychological, economic, and physical (though not sexual) nature. In 2020, he, along … Read more

The “Queer” Pastoral Care of the German Bishops

The story is appalling, yet I can’t help finding a comic aspect to the German bishops’ announcement that Bishop Ludger Schepers “will be the representative for queer pastoral care.” On first reading that announcement, I assumed that the phrase “queer pastoral care” was an awkward computer translation. But no, the German original uses the term … Read more

Vatican Spokesman Tries to Rationalize Fiducia Supplicans with Ratzinger CDF Document

Andrea Tornielli, editorial director of the Dicastery for Communication, has claimed that a distinction made in a 2000 document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith serves as an “important precedent” for Fiducia Supplicans, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith’s recent declaration on the pastoral meaning of blessings. In 2000, the … Read more

The Imprudent Pope

Back when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio declined a journalist’s request for an in-depth interview. He explained that he did not feel comfortable expressing himself in an interview format; he suggested anyone who wanted to understand his thinking would be better served by reading his written works. But that was a … Read more