Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Off the Cuff

If you want to know what this Pope thinks, always focus on his impromptu remarks: Pope Francis on Saturday received a delegation of students, teachers and parents of San Carlo Institute, a high school in Milan, Italy, on the occasion

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PopeWatch: Patheos

From the most intentionally humorous Catholic site on the net, A Catholic Misfit: (ACMPress) A spokesman for Patheos Inc announced this morning they are launching a new channel by week’s end: The Ex-Catholic Channel. “Given the growing number of ex-Catholics

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Lavender Mafia Strikes Again

As ever, Pope Francis carries water for the Lavender Mafia:   The Holy See has indicated that pro-LGBT Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta may be appointed as the next head of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., sparking controversy among some

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Children of Abraham

Pope Francis wants us to have fraternity with Muslims:   Reflecting upon his recent apostolic journey to Morocco, Pope Francis said Wednesday that God desires a greater sense of fraternity among Catholics and Muslims as “brother children of Abraham.”“Some may

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Pope Francis: Rupture of Doctrine

Whenever Pope Francis ruptures the Church from traditional teaching he calls the about face a development of doctrine. Diane Montagna at  Lifesite News has a very good article on this:   The Pope then expounded on the point, invoking the

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PopeWatch: Malice and Foolishness

The Pope apparently hates both walls and capitalism:   Pope Francis decried President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, saying it would make the U.S. a prisoner and that rejecting migrants was unjust. Francis disparaged the Trump administration’s stance on immigration

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PopeWatch: April Fool?

Imagine what daily courage it takes to be part of a tiny Christian minority in an Islamic country.  Then imagine the Pope comes to your land and says something like this: Pope Francis on Sunday warned Catholics in Morocco against

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PopeWatch: Tasty Ring

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Recent footage of Pope Francis shows him repeatedly pulling his hand away from a line of people attempting to take a lick of his

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PopeWatch: Germs

Hmmm:   “The Holy Father told me that the motivation was very simple,” Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti told reporters. “Hygiene.” “He wants to avoid the risk of contagion for the people, not for him.” The pure-minded pope was criticized by

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: His Flock

Pope Francis demonstrates again that he cares about his flock:   Pope Francis allowed nuns and priests to kiss his papal ring during his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, two days after a video that showed him

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PopeWatch: Ring Wrath

  The Pope apparently doesn’t like it when Catholics attempt to kiss his ring:   ROME, March 25, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis today made it clear that he doesn’t want the faithful to kiss his papal ring, as he

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PopeWatch: The Magisterium of the Sixties.

From Lifesite News:   Professor Peter Hünermann – a well-connected and prominent German theologian – has told LifeSiteNews that, according to members of the German bishops’ doctrinal commission who spoke to him, the report of the Vatican commission on female

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The Great Stumble

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   From March 15, 2013: VATICAN––Media outlets around the world were quick to speculate about the future of the two day old papacy of Pope

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PopeWatch: China

Craven appeasement reaps its usual reward of scorn:   Despite entering into a controversial, lopsided agreement with the Vatican last September in which China gained greater control over the Chinese Catholic Church, President Xi Jinping will evidently snub the Holy

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Defining Deviancy Down

PopeWatch sometimes suspects the current pontificate is being stage managed by a former writer for Monty Python:   ROME – When Pope Francis decided in 2017 to bring an Argentine bishop to Rome and give him a job in the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Marxism

Cardinal Marx proceeds apace in Germany with his Reformation II:   Cardinal Reinhard Marx signaled today that the Catholic Church in Germany is open to revisiting Catholic sexual teaching that prohibits contraception, cohabitation, and homosexual relationships. During their March 11-14

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PopeWatch: Archbishop Chullikatt

Another scandal:   An archbishop who served as the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations is accused of financial and professional misconduct, including the use of Vatican staff and influence to assist and support financially a woman with

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PopeWatch: Exodus

From the most intentionally humorous Catholic site on the net, A Catholic Misfit:   Mr. Moses 1 Mt Nebo Lane Pisbah, Plains of Moab Dear Mr. Moses: Thank you for sending your manuscript, Exodus, to Promised Land Publishing. However, it

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Cardinal Pell

PopeWatch suspects that few tears are being shed at the Vatican for George Cardinal Pell who has been sentenced to six years in prison after his Kangaroo Court conviction in Australia.  George Weigel at First Things notes the attitude of

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Fruits

[16] By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? [17] Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. [18] A good tree

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PopeWatch: Urban Planning

The type of rubbish that the Pope is hearing on his retreat:   The retreat preacher, Italian Benedictine Abbot Bernardo Francesco Maria Gianni, delivered the meditation drawing much from the saintly mayor of the Italian city of Florence, Giorgio La

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PopeWatch: Saint Francis

The Vatican is attempting to claim the example of Saint Francis as a support for the Pope’s bizarre joint statement with Sheikh Ahmad el-Tayeb, the grand imam of al-Azhar:   In Catholic chronicles, St. Francis of Assisi’s meeting with the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The Peron Rule

When it comes to Pope Francis, always look at his actions and forget about his words which mean nothing.  Steve Skojec at OnePeterFive explains for us the Peron Rule:   Bishop Schneider tries to get at the fact that context

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PopeWatch: It’s On

News that PopeWatch missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   VATICAN CITY—After centuries of theological disputes, Protestants and Catholics have agreed to resolve their differences in an exciting, non-violent way: a high-stakes Mario Kart tournament, with the winner taking all.

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Open Thread

PopeWatch hasn’t had an Open Thread in a while.  The usual rules apply:  be concise, be charitable and, above all, be amusing!

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Yuck

Not from Eye of the Tiber or The Baylon Bee:   Experts including Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider are sounding the alarm over a shocking proposal at the Vatican to consider changing the matter of the Eucharist. Such a move,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Cardinal Pell

Excerpts from the police interview of Cardinal Pell.  It astonishes me that charges were brought, that a Judge allowed this to go to trial and that a Jury convicted.  One of the accusers recanted before his death.  The idea that

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Pius XII

Well good:   Vatican City, Mar 4, 2019 / 07:33 am (CNA).- Pope Francis announced Monday that the Vatican will open its archives on the pontificate of Pope Pius XII. Confidential files of the pope who led the Church during

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The Wrath of God

The Wrath of God is an unpopular topic in contemporary times, where God tends to be thought of as a Super Genie or a Friend who is constantly giving us thumbs up.  Strangely enough at the close of the farcial

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: The Rat Rats

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   In devastating testimony on Capitol Hill earlier today, President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen accused the president of a pattern unfit for the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Hmmm

As PopeWatch has often observed, the key to understanding Pope Francis is his life in Argentina, and it is truly shocking how little examination there has been of that life:   Natacha Jaitt, an Argentine media celebrity who had accused

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PopeWatch: Voris

Remember when Michael Voris of Church Militant refused to directly criticize the Pope?  That seems so long ago:   There is a pattern here with Pope Francis that many Catholics are saying is simply too much and he must go.

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Cardinal Pell

PopeWatch suspects that a grave injustice has occurred in Australia to Cardinal Pell, one of the key players in the struggles in the Vatican during the current Pontificate.  George Weigel at National Review Online has a good post on what

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