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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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PopeWatch: Priorities

      Lifesite News reminds us that the Pope has his priorities:   Pope Francis refuses to meet with Italy’s Minister of the Interior because of his uncompromising stance against illegal immigration, according to anonymous sources reported by multiple Italian

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PopeWatch: Cardinal Sarah

Cardinal R. Sarah‏ @Card_R_Sarah As we celebrate the resurrection of the son of God, the terrible attacks in Sri Lanka once again show how the followers of Christ are all over the world the victims of wild and foolish deeds. I

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PopeWatch: Papists

  From Catholic comedian Jeremy McLellan. Funny, but with our current Pope, PopeWatch suspects that Hillary wishes that Catholics were more papist, her understanding of that term being the usual Protestant misunderstanding of “slavish devotion” to the Pope as characterizing

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PopeWatch: Words

There have been many words by the Pope and other Catholic clergy condemning the suicide bombings by the jihadists in Sri Lanka.  We have been down this road hundreds of times before and their entirely empty words bring to the

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PopeWatch: Pope Emeritus v. Pope

Sandro Magister notes the conflict that the recent essay by the Pope Emeritus has brought into the open between him and Pope Francis: In the week that followed the explosive publication of Joseph Ratzinger’s “notes” on the scandal of sexual

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PopeWatch: The Bird

PopeWatch on Thursday received his long anticipated package from Pope Francis.  After giving it a perfunctory sweep with a mine detector, PopeWatch carefully opened it, only to find another box.  After five more boxes PopeWatch found a blueray of a

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PopeWatch: Trust

When it comes to the current gang at the Vatican we can only trust that they will attempt to deceive, in big ways and in small:   Italian media have raised an alarm over attempts by the Vatican communications office

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PopeWatch: Pope Emeritus

The Pope Emeritus has a fascinating essay looking at the sex abuse crisis in the Church: A society without God — a society that does not know Him and treats Him as non-existent — is a society that loses its

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PopeWatch: Sacred Betrayal

The most interesting tidbits about this Pope and the gang of villains he surrounds himself with tend to be in Spanish.  Edward Pentin gives us the latest: The widow of a former dean of the Vatican diplomatic corps has written

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PopeWatch: China

The Vatican sell out to the Chinese communists continues on its predictable way.  Sandro Magister gives us the latest:   The Chinese regime is also applying its agreement with the Holy See this way. With the bulldozer that under police

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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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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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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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