Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Better and Better Every Day

Yeah that China-Vatican deal keeps getting better: Catholic bishop Guo Xijin is on the run from Chinese police after refusing to bring his church into a Catholic association approved by the ruling Chinese Communist Party. Guo, 61, fled the custody

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Song of Roland

The Pope was singing his same old song again:   Interreligious dialogue is an important way to counter fundamentalist groups as well as the unjust accusation that religions sow division, Pope Francis said. Meeting with members of the Argentine Institute

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Pachamama Out

Evo Morales, dictator of Bolivia and commie buddy of the Pope,  was one of the leading instigators of official recognition of the pagan goddess Pachamama.  Since he has been toppled from power the new Bolivian government is making it clear

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Same Old, Same Old

    On November 15, the Pope gave an audience to the 20th World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law.   It was, and almost all his speeches are, a collection of his greatest hits:    Markets bad:

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Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Prodigal Retriever

Iranians are in the streets protesting their fanatical rulers. Hong Kong citizens and Venezuelans are still demanding freedom. Chinese Catholics are being persecuted. And the Pope is blathering on about how evil capitalism is, eco-sins and calling traditional Catholics racists.

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Kanye

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Kanye West met with Pope Francis on Tuesday, after he was spotted arriving at the Vatican, just days after the rapper was first seen

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Donald R. McClarey

Good One Mr. Sammons!

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: This Deal Is Getting Worse All the Time

  The Vatican sell out of Chinese Catholics to the Butchers of Bejing continues apace:   For the enthusiasts of the secret accord of September 22 2018 between the Vatican and China on the appointment of bishops, that of Mindong

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Frames of Reality

The attitude of the Pope to American Catholics is best exemplified in the saying that the beatings will continue until morale approves.  Phil Lawler at Catholic Culture explains how well this policy is working:   “The pastoral thrust of this

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Pro-Abort Bishops Out in the Open

  Well, some of the main Francis Bishops and Cardinals are dropping the pretense of being pro-life: BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 12, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — American Catholic bishops showed today that the current pontificate has divided them on fighting abortion as

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: “Inclusive” Capitalism

Whenever you put an adjective before a noun, woe to the noun:   Dear Brothers and Sisters, I extend a cordial welcome to each of you gathered for this meeting of the members of the Council for Inclusive Capitalism. I

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Money

[10] For the desire of money is the root of all evils; which some coveting have erred from the faith, and have entangled themselves in many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6: 10 Saint Paul knew what he was talking about:  

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Antichist?

News that PopeWatch missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: VATICAN CITY—In a private moment of reflection after watching one of his cardinals state that the head of the Roman Catholic Church was too busy speaking about the environment, addressing migrant

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Pope Troll

Sometimes PopeWatch suspects that the Pope is trolling us: Pope Francis insisted we go further: “We need a true ‘cultural revolution’”, he said, “a transformation of our collective gaze, our attitudes, our ways of seeing ourselves”. We need to undertake

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Idols

[21] (Now all the Athenians, and strangers that were there, employed themselves in nothing else, but either in telling or in hearing some new thing.) [22] But Paul standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: Ye men of Athens,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Substance of our Faith

But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth. Revelation 3: 16     Phil Lawler at Catholic Culture nails it:   Bishop Athanasius Schneider released a powerful open

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Follow the Money

Papal finances have been a calamity since a few seconds after Saint Peter denounced Simon Magus since Magus offered to buy the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 1] And at that time there was raised a great persecution against the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Alexander VI

From Purgatory Pope Alexander VI called a press conference: I would like to thank so many members of the media for coming.  I realize many of you are quite familiar with the Infernal Regions, but the trip to Purgatory is

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Prayer to Pachamama

PopeWatch wonders if this would constitute “idolatrous intent” in the eyes of the Pope: A prayer to Pachamama, the “Mother Earth” venerated by indigenous tribes such as the Aymara and Quechua in the Andes but also in the northern plains

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Praying for a Miracle

All PopeWatch can say to this column by Monsignor Pope is ditto:   I, like many of you, feel overwhelmed by the events of the past month in Rome. Many an evening, late into the night, I have come before

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The Lord Hates a Coward

  Italian journalist Vittorio Messori nails the number one problem in the Church today: rampant cowardice among the clergy:   “The conformism to which you refer indeed exists. But it is palpable even within the Church. It is disconcerting that

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Contra Idolatry

Let’s take the wayback machine all the way back in history to August 1, 2018:   Pope Francis reflected on the first Commandment in his catechesis at the Wednesday General Audience, saying idolatry is a very real and current temptation.

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Demon Dolls

As usual, Father Z puts it succinctly:   Marco Tosatti posted at his place about the Synod and a well-known con-game called “three card monte”. In the course, however, he included this. Oh yeah… gotta get me one o’ these! 

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Pachamama Reactions

The Vatican today announced that the Blessed Virgin will now be referred to as Pachamama in deference to the cultural sensitivities of the indigenous people of the Amazon.  Vatican spokesman Father Senza Senso, SJ, explained the decision: Christ was all

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Pope Doubles Down on Idolatry

Pope Francis demonstrates once again that when he is wrong he tends to be at his most bull-headed:   As he opened the afternoon session of the Oct. 6-27 synod Friday, Pope Francis addressed the theft of the statues on

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Deplorables

Faithful Catholics, you cannot exaggerate the contempt in which you are held by the powers that be at the Vatican:   According to Mexico’s most important cardinal, the Catholics who stole the small wood statue of a topless pregnant woman

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Council of Jerusalem

PopeWatch is amused that the Pope cited the Council of Jerusalem in his General Audience yesterday:   Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles, we now consider Saint Paul’s first missionary journey. Following a

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Upset Your Plans?

  PopeWatch can only imagine the anger of the Vatican as their Amazon Dog and Idol show is hijacked by faithful Catholics: Asked about the event at a press conference Oct. 21, Paolo Ruffini, head of Vatican communications, called it

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Perhaps the Idols Can Swim

Bow thy head, O Sicambrian, adore what thou hast burned and burn what thou hast adored! Saint Regimius to King Clovis of the Franks at the baptism of the King on December 25, 496     Appropriate response: In this

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Black Rings

The plot sickens at the Amazon Synod:   ROME, October 19, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Amazon Synod representatives on Friday sought to downplay concerns over the pro-abortion Ford Foundation providing multi-million-dollar grants to key synod groups, while LifeSite has learned that

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Purgatory

News that PopeWatch missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has made one of his official, Popey announcements. (For our Protestant audience, a declaration from the pope is kinda like when Russell Moore tweets something; it carries a

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Sinister Forces

  Sinister forces are behind the Amazon Synod:   A co-founding organization of REPAM, the ecclesial network responsible for the planning and execution of the Amazon Synod being held at the Vatican, has received over $2 million dollars from an

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Subtle

From the General Audience of the Pope yesterday:   Dear brothers and sisters: In our catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles, we have seen how the outpouring of the Holy Spirit led the early Church to realize that God’s

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