Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Last Rites

Incredible: The bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts, has temporarily suspended last rites in all instances in his diocese in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski’s directive followed a United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) memo on March 27

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Closed Churches

This has been a bear of a Lent:   Bishop Athanasius Schneider has stated that a priest, using discretion and following the necessary health precautions “has not to obey the directives of his bishop or the government to suspend Mass

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Cupich

Cardinal Cupich is the perfect symbol of the clerics promoted by Pope Francis:   CHICAGO, March 27, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― The Archdiocese of Chicago, under the leadership of Cardinal Blase Cupich, has reportedly told its priests that all baptisms “must

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Appease Gaia

The Vatican announced today that a ceremony to appease Mother Earth will be held in Rome on April 1.  The Pope will be joined by shamen, new age enthusiasts of all sorts, Pachamama worshipers, representatives of Green Peace and PETA,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: To the Catacombs

China, one way or another, is succeeding in shutting Catholicism down in China: The Holy See must reconsider pastoral guidelines it issued last year encouraging Chinese clergy to join the country’s official state-run church and urgently make its secret 2018

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Our Father

From Pope Francis:   In these trying days, while humanity trembles due to the threat of the pandemic, I would like to propose to all Christians that together we lift our voices towards Heaven. I invite all the Heads of

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Mirrors

From medievalist Danièle Cybulskie:   As news of outbreaks of disease continues to swirl around the world, I keep being reminded of the bravery of the caregivers who bring comfort and aid to the sick and the dying. In the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Jesuit Masses

It was announced today at the Vatican that the Pope understands that in many parts of the globe Catholics are deprived of the Mass.  To help solve this problem the Vatican will be streaming Masses said by Jesuits.  Vatican spokesperson

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PopeWatch: Me Too

At the very least it will convince more people that deliberately missing Mass on Sunday is not a  grave sin.

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: A Sign

A symbol for a faithless age:   The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes has closed for the first time in over a century following new restrictions in France to slow the spread of the coronavirus. “For the first time

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Archbishop Vigano

From Lifesite News:   What we are witnessing in these hours is dramatic — certainly throughout Italy, but in a tragically exemplary way, in Rome, the heart of Catholicism. The scenario is all the more disconcerting as what is at

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Never Mind

Can’t anyone play this game: March 14: ROME – After a Vatican office announced Saturday that all Holy Week liturgies would be livestreamed rather that celebrated publicly amid Italy’s coronavirus crackdown, a day later their communications department walked part of

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The Sound of Silence

The Pope announced today that because of the Wuhan Flu Catholics are absolved from paying any attention to anything he says for the foreseeable future.  Papal spokesman, Father Aeger, on the policy: His Holiness has been having intermittent fevers and

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Cardinal Pell

It is difficult reading appeal courts, but it appears that the prosecution of Cardinal Pell had a rocky day in court: According to reports, Pell’s prosecutors, led by Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions Kerry Judd QC, shifted their position on

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Courage

Monsignor Charles Pope nails it at National Catholic Register: “Be ready to abandon this mortal life rather than the people committed to your care. Go forward among the plague-stricken as to life, as to a reward, even if there is

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Hysteria

 “When in danger/When in doubt,/Run in circles,/Scream and shout.” Navy Maxim     The Church in Italy capitulates to hysteria:   All public Masses in Italy are suspended until April 3 because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Italian Bishops’ Conference

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Black Pope

It used to be said that the Jesuit General was the Black Pope.  Now with a Jesuit as Pope, perhaps we have two Black Popes.  The Jesuits have set forth their goals for the next decade: “to show the way

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Vatican-China

Sandro Magister brings us the musings of the head of the Vatican news service on the China deal: Dialogue between the two cardinals on the Sino-Vatican Agreement is urgently needed by Bernardo Cervellera It is with great pain that I

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Pius XII

PopeWatch applauds the decision of the Pope to  open to scholars the Vatican Archives as to the reign of Pope Pius XII: “The shocking revelations that many media think they will find on those now accessible shelves will not emerge,”

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: China

Lifesite News has an open letter from Archbishop Vigano to Cardinal Zen:   Dearest Eminence, This is Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America. I have followed deeply — sharing in prayer your suffering

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Catholicism This Ain’t

What does this have to do with Catholicism? Ethical concerns around potential job loss, facial recognition, and bias have been raised surrounding the future impact of artificial intelligence on society. On Friday those concerns were elevated to a “higher authority,” with

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Coup

The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has been deposed in a coup by Reinhard Cardinal Marx, who has assumed the papacy after a hurried conclave as Pope Karl I.  Apparently the Vatican food service was infiltrated by German Leftists,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Pope Flu

Well, this should inflame the flu hysteria:   Pope Francis has been taken ill and cancelled an event at a Rome basilica as coronavirus locks down towns in northern Italy. The pontiff had earlier prayed for  sufferers on Ash Wednesday,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Gaslighting

We are well into the trolling stage of the current pontificate:   A U.S. archbishop is denying a report claiming that Pope Francis expressed anger towards Fr. James Martin at a meeting of American bishops earlier this month. The original

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The German Heresy

Sandro Magister looks at the Pope and the Germans:   Last December 1, a “synodal journey” began in Germany that explicitly aims, over the course of two years, to set aside the norm of celibacy, to confer sacred orders on

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The Birds

  The Vatican announce today that it was financing a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Birds (1963).The Pope was hoping that Tippi Hedren could reprise her role.  Although she appeared in The Birds II:  Land’s End, at age

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Teacher, Leave Them Kids Alone

Our Pope says education when he means propaganda:   Ecological movement He went on to say, that one aspect of education “is that it is an ecological movement.” The Pope said that “education that has at its centre the person

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Bishop Athanasius Schneider

Bishop Athanasius Schneider gives his assessment of Querida Amazonia at Lifesite News:   Yet in noting the improvements made in Querida Amazonia, one cannot be silent about the lamentable doctrinal ambiguities and errors it contains, as well as its dangerous

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