Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The Alpha and the Omega

Father Thomas G. Weinandy takes a look at the disastrous Abu Dhabi statement signed by the Pope:   Given the pluralism of world religions, many contemporary academics and pundits argue that Christianity can no longer claim itself to be the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Ashes

Ashes! Ashes! We all fall down   As PopeWatch has often noted, Pope Francis comes closest to revealing what he really thinks when giving off the cuff remarks.  This most definitely was the case in the plane interview given while

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Proselytism

Sandro Magister examines the hatred of the Pope for what he deems “proselytism”:   In entitling (see above) the speech given on May 20 by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, “Vatican News,” the official digital news

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Greenstreet

As faithful readers of PopeWatch know, Pope Francis sent PopeWatch a Blu-ray copy of a Spanish dubbed version of The Maltese Falcon (1941) with a note attached indicating that what the actor Sydney Greenstreet says in the film is true. 

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Jesuits

PopeWatch wishes he could say that he was surprised by this:   A new photo exhibit on atheism and unbelief — featuring a homosexual couple, a transhumanist and a witch who advocates “human extinction” — opened today in the main atrium of

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Pope Ocasio

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. Mark Twain   Frequently PopeWatch has a problem distinguishing the Pope from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:   The Holy Father sounded a dire warning

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PopeWatch: Monsignor Anthony J. Figueiredo

Well, well, well, now the former secretary of former Cardinal McCarrick, Monsignor Anthony J. Figueiredo, is coming forward to spill what he knows: The former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick ordained me to the priesthood 25 years ago today.  I served

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Ed Feser

Ed Feser takes a look at how we arrived at the current mess the Church is in: However the current crisis is resolved, one of the good fruits it is likely to bear in the long run is a more

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Open Thread

We haven’t had a PopeWatch open thread in a while.  The usual open thread rules apply:  be concise, be charitable and, above all, be amusing!  With that, PopeWatch will be on Memorial Day hiatus until 28, 2019.

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Hutzpah

Sometimes this Pope just leaves PopeWatch speechless:   The upcoming feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, offered Pope Francis the opportunity to express his “special closeness and affection to all the Catholics in China, who, among daily labours and

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Marxist

Ah, what interesting, yes, that’s the word, times in which we live:   A plan to restructure the Vatican recently approved by Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinal Advisers has come under fire from Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Francis’ former doctrine chief,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Globaloney

Cardinal Burke does not agree with the Pope when it comes to one world government:   “Before the challenges of our time, there are those who propose and work for a single global government, that is, for the elimination of

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Milano

From the only accurate site for Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Catholic Answers announced this past Saturday that they will begin promoting their new lineup of chastity speakers, including Alyssa Milano, in an effort to

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PopeWatch: John Rist

Professor John Rist, a convert from agnosticism to Catholicism, and one of the foremost Classicists of our time, is a signatory of the letter accusing the Pope of heresy.  Edward Pentin interviews him about the letter: How far has the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Commie Pope?

Who could ever think that our Pope is a Communist?   Calling Pope Francis a communist is flat out wrong, according to one of his top advisors. Cardinal Peter Turkson, tapped by the pontiff to head the Vatican’s super-dicastery on

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Lavender Seminaries

PopeWatch wishes that he could say that he was surprised by this:   The survey is not brand-new, its results came out in the spring of 2017 in Portuguese in the “Revista Eclesiástica Brasileira.” But “Il Regno – Documenti” has

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Send the Bill to the Vatican

This gang is beyond parody:   A cardinal and aide to Pope Francis for charitable missions climbed down a manhole to restore power to hundreds of people, including children, who were living without electricity and hot water for days in

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Opaque

Saint Thomas More:  I trust I make myself opaque? The Duke of Norfolk:  Perfectly. Screenplay, A Man For All Seasons   Father Raymond J. de Souza notes at National Catholic Register that the main defense of the Pope to charges

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Viewing the Bird

Faithful readers of PopeWatch will recall that the Pope sent PopeWatch a package with a Spanish dubbed Blu-ray of The Maltese Falcon (1941).  PopeWatch has been quite busy of late on various matters and it was not until this week

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Ed Feser

Catholic philosopher Ed Feser’s comments on the heresy letter:   What should we think of the recent open letter accusing Pope Francis of heresy, signed by Fr. Aidan Nichols, Prof. John Rist, and other priests and academics (and for which

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Required Reading

Two passages of the Catechism that seem more relevant with each passing day:   675 Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: When You Have Lost the Swiss Guards

Deserting a sinking ship? Rome – For at least the past six centuries, there’s always been a spirit of “We Few, We Proud,” about the Swiss Guards, the small but elite military force, with their signature multi-colored uniforms and timeless

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Siege

Sandro Magister reminds us that Christianity is under attack in both the East and the West: On the Sunday and Monday of Easter, in Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis did all he could – in the name of dialogue with

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: End Times?

The Pope may or may not be technically a heretic, that is a subject for debate, but he is certainly giving plenty of fodder for those who view him as an anti-Christ: Pope Francis made a strong new push for

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Donald R. McClarey

Thought Experiment

  Father Fessio,SJ of Ignatius Press has proposed this thought experiment.  Let us say that Pope Francis were to get married and announce that the Muslims were correct all along, and there is no God but Allah.  Would he cease

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Donald R. McClarey

The Pope is Against War Unless—

Oakes Spalding at Mahound’s Paradise notes that the Pope has an exception to his ludicrous belief that wars are caused by greedy arms merchants:   A year before he became Pope, at a Mass in Buenos Aires for the 30th

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: La Messe

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Staring in awe as she stared out onto the stage, Las Vegas visitor Allison Garrity was moved to tears Saturday evening after seeing whimsical,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Idolatry

It is truly nauseating how many of the acolytes of Pope Francis seem to wish to elevate him to more than the Vicar of Christ.  Of course it is not only his acolytes who do this.  In order to help

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Politicized Canonizations

Christopher Ferrara at The Remnant has a barn burner of a post looking at the canonization of Archbishop Enrique Angelelli:   In June of 2018, Pope Bergoglio approved the “martyrdom” of the leftwing radical Argentine prelate Enrique Angelelli, Bishop of

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Heresy

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Not the Babylon Bee

PopeWatch is glad that the Church has no major problems to address:   The Pope told hairdressers to “avoid succumbing to the temptation of chatter.” He said they should take inspiration from a 16th century saint who was known for

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Bishop Silvio Jose Baez

Havana Times reports on the mysterious transfer of Auxiliary Bishop Silvio Jose Baez from Nicaragua to the Vatican:   The transfer of Nicaraguan Monsignor Silvio Jose Baez to Rome, by an express decision of Pope Francis, caused surprise and bewilderment

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Easter Worshiper Converts

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: In a surprise announcement to friends and family, local Easter Worshiper Ed Jenkins revealed Wednesday that he has decided to convert to Christianity. The stunning

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