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LISTEN: Pope Francis, Wayward Shepherd

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In the first year or two of Pope Francis’s pontificate, conservative-minded Catholics made heroic efforts to place the perplexing ways of the new pope in continuity with the thought and deeds of his immediate predecessors. It was said that he had been a forceful critic of liberation theology, at least in its Marxist expressions, that […]

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Vatican Using Donations for the Poor to Plug Its Budget Deficit

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Only Ten Percent of Vatican’s Annual Peter’s Pence Collection is Spent on Charity An annual charitable collection from the Vatican which raises over 50 million dollars per year is primarily allocated to filling budget holes and just ten percent of the funds go toward helping the poor, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The collection, […]

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A Depressing Synod

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Michael’s analysis of the Amazon synod is trenchant and refreshing, as usual. I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that the synod has tested the faith of a good many Catholics who have watched as the princes of the Church, the prelates entrusted with the deposit of faith and the souls of the faithful, […]

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The Crisis of Catholic Leadership

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The Church continues to hit new, dysfunctional lows — and the faithful are noticing. In the last 48 hours there have been two big Vatican stories. First, revelations about the Holy See’s financial crisis; second, and more bizarrely, a furious dispute over statues being thrown into the Tiber. But really it’s all one story, the big story […]

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The Worst Crime in American History?

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It is highly unlikely that the abuses within the Catholic Church and conspiracies of silence about them are confined to Pennsylvania. “Horseplay,” a term used to denote child rape, is, says Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiro, part of a sinister glossary of euphemisms by which the Catholic Church’s bureaucracy obfuscates in documents the Church’s “pattern […]

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The Crisis of the Catholic Church under Pope Francis

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In this time of turmoil, the editors of National Review asked five Catholic writers to weigh in. In the most recent issue of National Review (“The Case against Pope Francis,” October 29, 2018), NR senior writer Michael Brendan Dougherty wrote, “The Francis pontificate was to be an era of mercy for sinners at the peripheries and accountability for malefactors […]