Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Scribes and Pharisees

Sandro Magister notes two yardsticks for judging the success of the Church in Italy:   The collapse of the birth rate here reached an all-time low in 2017. In a country of 60.5 million inhabitants, just 458,151 children were born

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Ring Binders

More evidence that the Pope believes that Catholic Catechisms need to come with ring binders:     He said Church teaching now reflects “the doctrine of the latest Pontiffs as well as the change in the conscience of Christians who

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Hmmm

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber.   VATICAN CITY––With just one day left before voting begins to elect a new pope, Vatican officials are scrambling to put in place the final

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Sodom and Gomorrah

Unsettling archaeology:   According to the theory, the meteor exploded at low altitude with the force of a ten megaton atomic bomb at an altitude of about one kilometer over the northeast corner of the Dead Sea, and obliterated all of

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Paternoster

Sandro Magister gives us the details about how the Italian Bishops embraced a mistranslation of the Our Father:   The ban imposed on the bishops of the United States on November 12 against voting on two very strict measures they

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PopeWatch: Gray Lady Conspiracy

According to Terry Mattingly at Get Religion, the New York Times is attempting to concoct a conspiracy: What we have here are two interesting stories, which appear to be connected by a bridge of New York Times paranoia. It’s that

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The Laughter of the Lord

Here we go again:   According to the project, the line “lead us not into temptation” should be changed to “abandon us not when in temptation”. This proposal, which has been submitted for approval to the Vatican, is likely to

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Enrique Shaw

  The Pope is pushing for the canonization of Argentinian businessman Enrique Shaw who died of cancer in 1962.   Enrique Shaw could become the first contemporary businessman and marine to be proclaimed a saint. He died at 41, after

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: You Were Expecting the Virgin Mary?

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Admitting that it wasn’t the relic of a saint most people have ever heard of, 31-year-old Candice Price told friends Wednesday that her first

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Surprise, Surprise

You can always trust Communists to act like Communists:   Under the terms of the agreement, which has not yet been fully made public, Pope Francis has recognized seven party-appointed bishops, while Beijing has in turn recognized a portion of

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PopeWatch: The Judas Option

Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register brings us some very interesting comments on the current pontificate by theologian Monsignor Nicola Bux: Elaborating on this point, Msgr. Bux said the “radical paradigm shift” now in vogue means to “believe in an

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Pilon

Father Z takes note of the Pope’s comment in a forthcoming book about homosexuality: Aciprensa has it.  HERE The UK’s (and now US’s) best Catholic weekly has it.  HERE Francis made a book/interview which will be released next week.  A

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Nicolas Gomez Davila

The modern world will not be punished. It is the punishment. Nicolas Gomez Davila Gomez Davila died in 1994, but PopeWatch believes this is the best summary of the current pontificate.  Go here to read some of his aphorisms about

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Sign of the Times

Phil Lawler has a disquieting ability to pay close attention to what Pope Francis says:   The observation that many churches, which until a few years ago were necessary, are now no longer thus, due to a lack of faithful and

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Three Strikes

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:     The Vatican has announced today that beginning next year, a new three-strikes excommunication policy will take effect. The new three-strike policy would automatically

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The Fix is In

Even for the gang at the Vatican, the February dog and pony show on clerical sexual predators is amazingly cynical.  George Neumayer at The American Spectator, hat tip to co-blogger Bob Kurland, gives us some of the low lights:  

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Open Thread

We haven’t had an Open Thread in a while.  The usual Open Thread rules apply:  be concise, be charitable and, above all, be amusing! Saint Augustine was a realist: “No man can by force of will say that three times

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Best Buds

Pope Francis defenders have tried to portray Pope Francis as having virtually no involvement with former Cardinal McCarrick.  This defense is factually challenged to say the least: In light of the recently published book by the unofficial papal spokesman Andrea

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: China Betrayal

Nina Shea, Director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, in an article for the National Catholic Register takes a blistering look at the Vatican’s sell out of the Underground Church in China:   Two months out,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Chickens Meet Guardian Fox

“The Pope has a bigger agenda. He’s got to get on with other things—of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the Church. We’re not going to go down a rabbit hole on this.”

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Anti-Pope?

PopeWatch is breaking Thanksgiving hiatus for this post.  Thanks to co-blogger Bob Kurland who brought this to the attention of PopeWatch: In an important interview that was overlooked last month, a Vatican theologian said that unless Pope Francis corrects himself

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Extraordinary

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:     Addressing the crisis of dwindling lay vocations, Fr. Donald Spenser of St. Lawrence Catholic Church anointed the Catholic Church’s first ever extraordinary ministers

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Hapless Bench of Bishops

No surprise:   The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted today against asking the Vatican to release its records on former-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. In what was eventually an 83 to 137 vote, the USCCB decided against asking the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Anti-Pope

The Betrayal of the true Catholic Church in China continues apace:   Cardinal Joseph Zen has written a letter to Pope Francis detailing the sufferings of Catholics in China since the Vatican signed a deal with the communist government. Cardinal

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Lavender Mafia Strikes Again

All dog and pony shows will be solely under the supervision of the Lavender Mafia the Vatican:   ROME—There has perhaps never been a more critical moment in the history of the American Catholic Church to appear to be doing

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Stealth Vatican III

Sandro Magister notes how the Pope is accomplishing his goals through “synodality”.   The synod of last October was supposed to be about young people. And instead in concluding it, Pope Francis said that “its first fruit” was “synodality.” In

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Gargoyle

No comment:   It took about a week for visitors to the massive Catholic cathedral in Cologne, Germany, to notice a small addition to its ornate Gothic entrance — a carved stone figure of Pope Francis leaning forward like a

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Praise

  PopeWatch attempted to have Mr. Eastwood sing Yahweh’s People Dance for Joy, and PopeWatch was lucky to escape with his life.    

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Murmuring

The Pope warns us against murmuring:   In fact, Pope Francis said, Jesus’ witness caused people to murmur. The Pharisees, the scribes, the doctors of the law complained about Him, saying, “He welcomes sinners, and eats with them.”  They did

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Gay Friendly Pope

Pope Francis gets the stamp of approval from Father James Martin, SJ:   WASHINGTON, D.C., November 7, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Vatican consultant and homosexual activist priest Fr. James Martin stated at a recent conference that Pope Francis has gone out

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Your Lying Eyes

For any sentient Catholic who believes that the Lavender Mafia is not calling the shots in this pontificate:   A journalist considered one of Pope Francis’ “unofficial spokespeople” claimed in stunning remarks about Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s alleged sexual abuse of seminarians

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Gomorrah

Sandro Magister looks at how the Church has dealt with widespread sexual immorality among the clergy in the past:     “The situation is comparable to that of the Church in the 11th and 12th century.” As an authoritative Church

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Archbishop Anthony Fisher

Edward Pentin has a very interesting post Synod interview with Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sidney, Australia:   Was there a problem with translations of the final document? Some of the organizers seemed to resent that at least half the synod

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