PopeWatch: Hmmm

Well this is interesting.  From Oakes Spalding at Mahound’s Paradise:


In the Spring of 2014, the Catholic publisher Ignatius Press featured nine books by or about Pope Francis in their catalog, from The Way of Humility: Corruption and Sin & On Self-Accusation by Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio (Pope Francis) to Francis: Pope of a New World by Andrea Tornielli. Ignatius also advertised a “Pope Francis Portrait,” the “Pope Francis Rosary” and the DVD, Who is Pope Francis: The Life and Message of Pope Francis. Here is the full list:

The Way of Humility: Corruption and Sin & On Self-Accusation by Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis) 

Education for Choosing Life: Proposals for Difficult Times by Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis) 

Pope Francis: A short bio of the Holy Father 

Pope Francis: Our Brother, Our Friend: Personal Recollections about the Man Who Became Pope, edited by Alejandro Bermudez 

The Light of Faith (Lumen Fidei) by Pope Francis 

Francis: Pope of a New World by Andrea Tornielli 

Pope Francis: His Life in His Own Words: Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio by Francesca Ambrogietti and Sergio Rubin 

On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century by Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio & Abraham Skorka 

In Him Alone Is Our Hope: The Church According to the Heart of Pope Francis by Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis) 

Pope Francis Portrait 

Pope Francis Rosary 

DVD: Who Is Pope Francis? The Life and Message of Pope Francis

As Francis was, of course, then, the Pope, this was par for the course for one of the major Catholic publishers. The first catalog to be created after Francis’ election, Fall 2013, featured many items relating to the new pope. And similar large selections of works by or about Francis continued to be featured in successive catalogs up until recently.

Most of the 2014 items are still available on the Ignatius website, and, as might be expected, there are numerous additional books by or about Francis, published in the interim, also available on the site.
However, something else changed.
Pope Francis, and indeed all references to Pope Francis have almost entirely vanished from Ignatius’ current (Spring 2018) sixty-four page catalog.
Suddenly absent are all the titles listed above as are all other more recent items still available such as the Pope’s four (at the time) encyclicals and exhortations, the book, Pope Francis on the Family, the DVD, Francis the Pope of Renewal, the CD Habemus Papam and so on.
Indeed, as far as I can tell from flipping through the first five pages of a website search, every single item by or about Pope Francis is now on “clearance,” including the e-books and, yes, that rosary.
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  1. My wife and I have noticed that. His stuff faded out of the catalogue starting in 2017, from what I recall. The same thing happened with St. Benedict/TAN’s offerings, too.

  2. About the same with the priests at the local Novus Ordinary parish. He provides no point of departure for teaching and is otherwise an embarrassment and a distasteful nuisance. Trying to forget about him is one way of keeping on during this pontificate.

  3. Mary-Give him no thought. Guy

    From Casablanca:
    Ugarte: You despise me, don’t you?
    Rick: Well, if I gave you any thought, I probably would.

  4. The Sermon on the Mount in Galilee did reap what was sown, evidenced by our two thousand year old Church for the glory of God despite the persecutors existing to this day. The current event of the post is another kind of case for reaping what is sown after five years.
    I’m thinking of Jesus telling us that His yoke is easy and His burden light, when He bore the cross for our salvation. The paths should be straight not messy.

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