Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Papal Schismatic

Edward Pentin quotes Father Weinandy about what he calls the “internal papal schism”: The Catholic Church is heading toward an “internal papal schism” whereby Pope Francis effectively leads two opposing factions, Capuchin theologian Father Thomas Weinandy has warned. These are

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Amazon Spirit

The Pope’s opening remarks at the Amazon Synod:   In his opening remarks for the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region Monday, Pope Francis said the assembly’s working document is meant to be “destroyed” as the starting point of

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Paganism at the Vatican

In yet another triumph for ecumenicalism:   – Pope Francis witnessed an indigenous performance at a tree planting ceremony in the Vatican gardens Friday, during which people held hands and bowed before carved images of pregnant women, one of which

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Jokester

Many observers of Pope Francis fail to realize what a superb sense of humor he has.  Here is a sample:   Pope Francis said he reacted “with a sense of humour” to the accusation of heresy made against him earlier

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Eternal Problem

One of the few headlines that could be true at almost any point of the 20 centuries that the Church has existed is :  Scandal in Regard to Church Funds! The Vatican apparently has suspended five employees after raids on

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Clueless Angels

From Rorate Caeli: Piazza San Pietro — Saint Peter’s Square: one of the architectural jewels of mankind, the centerpiece of baroque Rome, and one of the masterpieces of the long and productive life of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. While there have

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Good

Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register discusses one group opposing the working instrument for the Amazon Synod:   VATICAN CITY — A group of bishops, priests and Catholic faithful from around the world, who wish to remain nameless because of

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Lavender Mafia

PopeWatch doubts if anyone paying attention is surprised by this:   Pope Francis met privately Monday with an American Jesuit who has been attacked by conservative U.S. Catholics for reaching out to gay people, the latest evidence of Francis’ willingness

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Exorcising the Vatican:

About time.  From Father Z:   I received an email today which must share. I am writing to let you know of an initiative taking place in Rome tomorrow. It being the Vigil of Michaelmas, various priests will be coming

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Culture of Insults

Pope Francis is against insults. No, really.  Stop laughing! : Social media fosters a “culture of insults,” Pope Francis has told Sunday Pentecost churchgoers in Rome. In Berlin, Protestant bishop Markus Droge warned against propagators of lies intent on “undermining”

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Ten Commandments of Comrade Xi

That Vatican-China deal keeps getting better and better: Christian churches in China have been ordered to take down displays of the Ten Commandments and replace them with quotes from Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to reports. According to Bitter Winter, a

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Signs and Portents

Father Z looks at the Restrainer who holds the AntiChrist in check until his time comes round:   There are lots of theories about The Restrainer.  Some thought that it was the Roman Emperor.  Some think it is “the Church”

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: AntiChrist

Sandro Magister minces no words:   While the controversy rages on in view of the synod on the Amazon, which in reality has its epicenter in the Church of Germany, the latest invention of Pope Francis has gone by almost

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Experimental

From the only reliable source of news on the net, The Onion:   VATICAN CITY—Saying that he wouldn’t recommend such an invasive course of action unless the situation was dire, Pope Francis told a sinner Thursday that a risky experimental

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Make the Punishment Fit the Crime

Ed Feser at The Catholic World Reports that the Pope is against the death penalty, life sentences and lengthy sentences:   In a March 20, 2015 letter, Pope Francis said: Life imprisonment, as well as those sentences which, due to

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Of Cowards and Courage

Well, the Lord hates a coward. David Mamet, Untouchables Screenplay The well-known Catholic Italian writer Vittorio Messori has said he and “many Catholics are concerned, some are even desperate” about the current state of the Church, but that he is

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Marxist Schism

  Don’t look now but the schism has begun in Germany:   Munich, Germany, Sep 16, 2019 / 11:45 am (CNA).- The head of the German bishops’ conference told Vatican officials last week that addressing controversial theological topics during the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Hong Kong and China

Our Pope works hand in glove with the gangsters ruling China and will not say a word against them.  Sandro Magister gives us the details:   Silence on everything that could irritate the Beijing authorities is certainly one of the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: New Humanism

Unsurprising:   In a renewed and enthusiastic endorsement of globalism, Pope Francis has announced he is hosting an initiative for a “Global Pact” to create a “new humanism.”  The global event, set to take place at the Vatican on May

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Coincidence

News that PopeWatch missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee: PARIS—Well, seems there was a bit of bad luck in the Notre Dame fire last week. While most of the relics and artwork were saved, one thing didn’t survive: all the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Pope Schism

Phil Lawler at Catholic Culture nails it in regard to the Pope and schism: “I am not afraid of schisms,” Pope Francis told reporters during his latest airplane press conference. Well, I am. And I’m afraid of any Roman Pontiff

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: They Want a Schism

Father Z has an incisive post:   Sometimes I have to triage my time.  For example, I can do some reading about “chaos theory” or “fundamental force concepts”. On the other hand, I can read the transcript of a papal presser

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Schism

        Pope Francis doubles down on those darn Americans:   BOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Tuesday he prayed that dissent from American Catholic conservatives would not lead to a schism in the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Leonardo Boff

Good Lifesite News article on the longstanding ties between the Pope and the godfather of liberation theology Leonardo Boff:   A 47 year-old photograph has surfaced showing the man who would become Pope Francis standing in a small group of

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Meanwhile Back in Argentina

George Neumayr continues his look at the Pope’s Argentine roots: On Monday, I visited that grave at Santa Cruz church. It was an illuminating visit. The pope’s communist mentor is pictured throughout the church and is given pride of place

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Maltese Falcon

Kasper Gutman the Fat Man (Sydney Greenstreet):That’s an attitude, sir, that calls for the most delicate judgement on both sides. Because, as you know, sir, in the heat of action men are likely to forget where their best interests lie

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Rome Never Changes

PopeWatch is taking a break, necessitated by too much disgust and anger, from observing current events at the Vatican and going back seven centuries to see how little things have changed.  Take it away Signor Boccaccio:   ABRAHAM THE JEW,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Preaching Politics

Professor Ines Angeli Murzak at The Catholic World Report puts her finger on the transformation of the Church wreaked by Pope Francis:   I am back from a splendid pontifical high Mass in a very special Marian shrine with an

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Rewarding Cronies

Surprise!  The Pope is using political criteria to staff the College of Cardinals.  Edward Pentin gives us the latest details: Pope Francis unexpectedly named 13 new cardinals on Sunday, choices that have again revealed his wish for the Church to

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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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