Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: A Tale of Two Communist States

In the mythology of the Left, the Vatican is the seat of reactionary forces.  The reality is quite different, with the Vatican since Vatican II usually following a policy of appeasement towards Communist regimes, with John Paul II being, usually,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Crony

In this pontificate it is always whether you are a crony of the Pope:   Despite being investigated for allegations of having sexually abused two seminarians, an Argentinian bishop close to the pope has once again been allowed by a

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Our Dreyfus

As for myself, I have not despaired in the least, of the triumph of right. I repeat with the most vehement conviction: truth is on the march, and nothing will stop it. Today is only the beginning, for it is

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Worse Than Alexander VI

“The historian of the Church has the duty to dissimulate none of the trials that the Church has had to suffer from the faults of her children, and even at times from those of her own ministers.” Pope Leo XIII,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Pope Peron

George Neumayr in Argentina continues to get an image of Pope Francis at complete variance from how Pope Francis is portrayed in the media:   One persistent and widespread story about Bergoglio is that he used bailing out bad priests

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Revolt

The hornet’s nest raised by the attempt of Pope Francis to transform the JPII Institute into a mouthpiece for contemporary Leftism continues to increase, per Sandro Magister:   The point of no return was marked on August 1 by the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Kristin Lavransdatter

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of Tiber:   Spoilers Expressing her disbelief that you’ve never read Kristin Lavransdatter, local Thomas Aquinas College student Amanda Jones has announced that she demands that you read

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Down Argentine Way

George Neumayr is in Argentina and has heard some interesting comments about the Pope: It appears that the Peronistas are on the verge of victory. As Brazil goes right, Argentina moves back to the left, such is its addiction to

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Stalinist Methods

Philip Lawler in an article at First Things looks at the subversion of the JPII Institute: The new and improved Institute, the pope said, would expand its range of interests to include the social sciences—in particular, the implications of climate

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Australian Justice Loses Appeal

  Incredibly the conviction of Cardinal Pell has been affirmed on appeal by a 2-1 vote.  The dissent of Justice Mark Weinberg, a former prosecutor, says it all about this farce: One of the three Court of Appeal judges who

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Populism-Some Animals are More Equal Than Others

For Pope Francis left wing populism is good and right wing populism is bad:   “The Emergence of Popular Movements: Rerum Novarum of our time” is the title of a new book published in Spanish by the Vatican Publishing House

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Cardinal Pell

The Pell appeal decision will be handed down on August 21.  PopeWatch will be giving it gull coverage.  PopeWatch trusts that considering the complete lack of evidence on which Pell was convicted, that the Australian appellate justices are aware that

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Memories

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: The Sanderson family of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish become the second family to test positive for a banned substance at the 11:00 am

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The Absent Church

Good commentary by Father Z:   I spent a lot of my youth in squad cars, police stations and jails. Before, you libs nod and sputter, “That explains a lot.  That’s why you HATE VATICAN II!” My folks were cops.

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Benedict v. Francis

Interesting:   Austen Ivereigh, the British journalist and biographer of Pope Francis, has stated that the circle surrounding Pope emeritus Benedict — which he said includes the Vatican’s former doctrine head Cardinal Müller — must be brought under “control” since it is

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Hong Kong

    PopeWatch has done the arduous work of compiling all the statements of Pope Francis on the Hong Kong protests:  

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Freedom of Speech

As he awaits a decision on his appeal, the persecution of Cardinal Pell proceeds apace:   The incarcerated Cardinal George Pell is facing an investigation by Australian prison authorities, after images of a letter he sent to supporters were posted

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: La Stampa Interview

Ah, yet another interview in which we can have thought of Pope Francis pure and unrefined:   What are the dangers of sovereignist ideologies? “Sovereignism reveals an attitude toward isolation. I am concerned because we hear speeches that resemble those

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Liturgy

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: The world’s foremost liturginazi died peacefully this past week at his home in Kansas City. Originally from Cody, Wyoming, Gerard Schmitz moved to Kansas City

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Don’t Hold Your Breath

From Phil Lawler at Catholic Culture: Yes, there will be plenty of headlines. But will the stories be accurate? Inexperienced reporters and overambitious prosecutors do not always distinguish between accusation and proof, between fact and opinion, between evidence and speculation.

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: McCarrick

It was Francis. The two men had known each other for years, back when the Argentine pope was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires. McCarrick assured Francis that he was doing fine. “I guess the Lord isn’t done with

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Vandals

George Weigel at Catholic World Report gives us more detail on the gutting of the JPII Institute:   Thus the John Paul II Institute in Rome, as the hub of several affiliated institutes around the world, was a key instrument

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Hmmm

Apparently the Pope Emeritus is none too happy with the gutting of the JPII Institute:   Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI met last week with a recently dismissed professor of moral theology at Rome’s Pontifical John Paul II Institute, amid ongoing

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Money

Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register reminds us that when it comes to Vatican finances, the Mafia has more transparency:   VATICAN CITY — By October 2016, two years into his term as prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Even if One Were to Rise From the Dead

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: Piggy-backing off the recent excitement over FaceApp, Catholic developers have released GraceFace, an application that reveals what users will look like for all eternity. “Like

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The Huns Again

Sandro Magister gives us the latest on German machinations: Published as received. The author is a prominent Knight of Malta, of the wing that supported the penultimate Grand Master of the Order, Fra’ Matthew Festing, overthrown in January of 2017

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

Phil Lawler at Catholic Culture exposes the episcopal shell game going on in West Virginia: Archbishop Willian Lori of Baltimore led the investigation into Bransfield’s misdeeds, and might have emerged as a hero in the case, except that he tried

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Communism

    America, the Jesuit rag not the country, has just published a puff piece on Communism entitled The Catholic Case for Communism, (yeah, imagine an article entitled The Catholic Case for Fascism) that has to be read to be

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Show us the Money

The Vatican has “disciplined” the former Bishop of the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese:     Note that nothing is said about producing a list of all his fellow clerics he bribed gave gifts to over the years, and the sources of those

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Venezuela

From Andres Oppenheimer in The Miami Herald: Venezuela’s Conference of Bishops has released a bombshell statement demanding an immediate end of dictator Nicolás Maduro’s “illegitimate and failed government.” So why isn’t Pope Francis saying anything even close to that? Before

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Tongue

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   A man was kicked out of St. Robert Catholic Church’s Wednesday evening Charismatic Prayer group after he began to speak a real foreign language

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Mueller

Cardinal Mueller has an interesting, and searing, analysis of the Instrumentum Laboris for the Amazon Synod:   “For any other foundation no man can lay, but that which is laid; which is Christ Jesus.” (1 Cor 3:11) On the Concept

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Krautler

The Argentinian-German axis spins along:   Bishop Erwin Kräutler – a member of the preparatory council of the upcoming Amazon synod and a key author of the synod’s controversial working document – said he has “hope” the synod will approve

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