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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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: One With Nineveh and Tyre

News that I missed courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   WASHINGTON, D.C.—The city of Washington has declared a state of emergency after the Almighty condemned the city, being unable to find ten righteous people anywhere near the nation’s capital. Senator

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Shut Up, They Explained

A popular tactic on the Left is deplatforming, depriving people they oppose of the ability to speak out by denying them forums.  Father Z notes that the Catholic Left are becoming adept at this tactic:   Crisis has a piece

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Great Accuser

The Pope continues his efforts to portray his critics as Satanic:   “In these times, it seems like the ‘Great Accuser’ has been unchained and is attacking bishops. True, we are all sinners, we bishops. He tries to uncover the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The Era of Boors and Bullies

Father Hunwicke comments on the call by the Youth Synod closing document for the certification of Catholic websites:   “The Synod hopes that in the Church appropriate official bodies for digital culture and evangelisation are established at appropriate levels …

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Successor of Christ

Has Christ retired?  Why wasn’t PopeWatch told about this?  From Eponymous Flower:   (Rome) The Vatican’s news portal, active since December 2017, VaticanNews, has repeatedly described Pope Francis as the “successor of Christ”. VaticanNews spokespersons can make a “Freudian” slip.

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Paragraph 150

What the so called Youth Synod was truly all about, boiled down to paragraph 150 of the closing document:   150. There are questions relating to the body, affectivity and sexuality which require a deeper anthropological, theological and pastoral elaboration,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Mum’s the Word

From the most intentionally humorous Catholic site on the net, A Catholic Misfit:   [ACMPress] – ROME – Numerous Vatican officials have complained to ACMPress that Pope Francis, ever since recommending “silence in prayer” in a homily delivered on September

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Cardinal Zen

Cardinal Zen calls a spade a spade: In a blistering New York Times opinion piece, the outspoken former bishop of Hong Kong declared that the agreement between the Vatican and the government of China “is a major step toward the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The Hitler Card

      The Pope plays the Hitler card:   Pope Francis appealed for more tolerance and decried the rise of populism during a speech at a book launch at the Vatican on Tuesday. He said there should be more

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Pope on Vigano

Monsignor Charles Pope has some interesting  comments on the third Vigano letter:   As I finished reading Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s third letter, I had an immediate sense that I had just read something that is destined to be one

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Cardinal Sarah

I hope we have a Pope Sarah one day.  The intervention of Robert Cardinal Sarah at the Youth Synod (Ute Synod?) last week:   Young People and the Teaching on Moral Doctrine (IL 196-197) Young people put forward various requests

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Lackeys

Sandro Magister takes note of the fact that the Pope is surrounding himself with precisely the wrong people if he wanted to reform the Church:   Ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick is not the only wrong person on whom Francis bet. Because

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: YouTube

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Pope Francis and bishops from around the globe unanimously decided to actually try to do something about the sexual abuse crisis after YouTube went

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Rainbow Cross

  The Pope has been wearing a cross that seems to be in “gay” colors.  But not to worry, it is completely harmless:   This cross has nothing to do with the LGBT movement. CELAM (the umbrella group for Latin

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: A Stacked Deck

Julia Meloni at Crisis Magazine fears that the Synod results are pre-ordained:   Shortly after the youth synod began, Edward Pentin—the authoritative chronicler of the family synod’s rigging—reported that an Italian cardinal close to Pope Francis had prophesied a great

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Rigidity

Pope Francis continues his Crusade against those who seek to uphold traditional Catholic teaching:   Be careful around those who are rigid. Be careful around Christians – be they laity, priests, bishops – who present themselves as so “perfect,” rigid.

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Edgar Pena Parra

Just in case there are any who think that the Lavender Mafia has anything to fear from the current gang in the Vatican: From the blog The Eponymous Flower:   Today, Vatican diplomat Edgar Pena Parra will take up his

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: How Can You

Phil Lawler has an excellent response to one statement in Cardinal Ouellet’s diatribe against Archbishop Vigano:     “How can you celebrate Mass,” Cardinal Ouellet angrily demands of Archbishop Viganò, “and mention the pope’s name in the Eucharistic Prayer?” An

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Bus

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   The Vatican said this past weekend that it had reached an agreement with China on the process of constructing the “largest, most biggest ever”

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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.

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