Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Muslims

On the eve of the Pope’s visit to the United Arab Emirates, Edward Pentin has an interview with Egyptian Henri Boulad, a Melkite Jesuit:   Do you think Francis has in any way improved in his interaction with Islam? Unfortunately,

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: We Really Bug the Pope

Well this is gratifying:   Catholic media that identify and condemn statements and actions not in line with Catholic doctrine are opposing the “centrality of compassion” and hampering evangelization in substance, Pope Francis told the bishops of Central America during

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Expectations

Not a surprise.  In his airplane interviews the Pope normally has gotten closest to giving us his true views: On board the Papal plane — Pope Francis has warned that expectations for an upcoming landmark Vatican summit on clergy sexual

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Cardinal Mueller

Gerhard Cardinal Mueller, writing on sexual abuse within the Church for Lifesite News, delivers a none too subtle slap at how the Pope is handling the situation:   When analyzing sexual abuse of minors committed by Catholic clergymen, the fact

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Lies

The Vatican continues to stonewall in regard to the Pope’s knowledge about Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta.  Edward Pentin at the National Catholic Register provides the damning details: The Vatican has reiterated an earlier statement in which it said it did not

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Double Header

News that PopeWatch missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   ALBANY, NY—As the New York State Senate voted to legalize abortion until the moment of birth, remove legal protections for late-term unborn babies, and allow anyone with a pulse to

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: John Stowe

The caliber of the men that Pope Francis is elevating to be bishops is typified by Bishop John Stowe who bashed the Covington students:   A Kentucky bishop known for pro-homosexual advocacy has published a commentary criticizing the high school

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Maureen Mullarkey

During this Pontificate PopeWatch has often regarded Maureen Mullarkey as being too extreme in her criticism of Pope Francis and then, usually, subsequent events indicate that her criticism was perhaps understated:   Since 1986, Islam’s character and purposes have become

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Below the Belt

Sandro Magister gives us insight into the Pope’s thinking regarding predator priests: The most surprising news, in the journey that Pope Francis is preparing to go on to Panama for world youth day, is that he has selected for his

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Meaning

Remember when the Church had a reputation for precision in expression and thought?  Seems like a long time ago doesn’t it.  Phil Lawler gives us an example of what we are dealing with today:   4. But even after all

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Zanchetta

Well, well, contrary to the lies being peddled by the Vatican the Pope has known since at least 2015 of what his crony Zanchetta has been up to:   Earlier this month, the Vatican confirmed that the new bishop of

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Predictions

From the most intentionally humorous Catholic site on the net, A Catholic Misfit: Rather than offer a retrospective of 2018, which many of us would rather forget, or list my resolutions for 2019, I decided making predictions for the upcoming

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Ecumenism

The Pope states that ecumenism is not optional: “Again, this year we are called to pray so that all Christians may once again be a single family, according to God’s will so that they may all be one’” he said.

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: BitterWinter

The aptly name online magazine BitterWitter is a good source for the ongoing persecution of Catholics in Red China:   Some in China believe that the tentative deal between the Vatican and Beijing has given the CCP more license to

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Comforting the Comfortable

RR Reno at First Things has a very insightful look at what he deems to be a failed Pontificate:   Meanwhile, for all its talk of the poor, this pontificate has a close and cozy relationship with the Davos elite

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Lying Liars

We can always count on many of our high ranking ecclesiastics to be unashamed of their baldfaced mendacity:       Cardinal Donald Wuerl told Washington, DC priests Saturday that he appropriately handled a 2004 allegation of misconduct against Archbishop

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Wuerl Knew About McCarrick in 2004

No surprise here:   In November 2004, Mr. Ciolek appeared before the Independent Review Board of the Diocese of Pittsburgh to report the details of the allegation of abuse he made against the Pittsburgh priest. When he appeared before the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Walls

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took to national television Tuesday night in his battle over his proposed border wall to keep out drunk college

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Shut Up, They Explained

The powers that be in the Church continue their policy of attempting to silence critics:   HOUSTON, Texas, January 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic priest told to stop speaking out about certain aspects of the Church’s sexual-abuse scandal issued

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Viva La Revolucion

Nothing surprises PopeWatch any longer about the gang at the Vatican:   Is the Vatican under Pope Francis now so enamored of socialism that it’s tweeting celebratory praise for the Castroites and the hellhole they made of Cuba? Well, it’s apparently

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Siege

Father Raymond J. de Souza at First Things gives us a look at the siege mentality at the Vatican:   A year that began with the Holy Father performing a quick wedding on a plane in Chile ended with the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Catholicism?

One of the striking features of this pontificate is how few of the Pope’s statements have anything to do with Catholicism.  Case in point:   Francis praised the United Nations’ Global Compact on Migration, which set objectives for how the

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Zanchetta

Hattip to Bob Kurland.  George Neumayr at The American Spectator provides another example of how the Pope adopts a see no evil an hear no evil policy when it comes to his cronies:   The accused bishop is Gustavo Óscar

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Now He Tells Us

      News that PopeWatch missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:   VATICAN CITY—In an honest, impromptu homily delivered Monday, Pope Francis admitted he is just making most of his theology up as he goes, ignoring thousands of years

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: We Sinners

“You have no idea how much nastier I would be if I was not a Catholic. Without supernatural aid I would hardly be a human being.” Evelyn Waugh   The Pope is wishing people outside the Church again:   “How

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Well, Bye

Two new job openings at the Vatican:   Things started going downhill for Pope Francis this year on a plane returning from a trip to Chile. In a demonstration of remarkable tone deafness to the issue of clerical sex abuse

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Evil Clowns

Occasionally, even the minions of a Communist tyranny speak the truth:   A Jesuit who worked in China for 25 years as a publisher, had an entire print run of books seized and shredded last week because the books contained

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Baby Jesus

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:   Asking parishioners to turn to page 341 of their hymnals this past Sunday, lead cantor of St. Barbara Catholic Church asked everyone to “Please

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Crickets Chirping

Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register hears the sounds of silence:   Another point calling into question whether the issue of homosexuality will be discussed at the meeting is the appointment of Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago as head of

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Father George Rutler

It is easy for a layman like PopeWatch to criticize the Pope, much harder for a member of the clergy to do so:   Debate has always been an invigorating and constructive way of defining and refining views, assuming that

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Scribes and Pharisees

Sandro Magister notes two yardsticks for judging the success of the Church in Italy:   The collapse of the birth rate here reached an all-time low in 2017. In a country of 60.5 million inhabitants, just 458,151 children were born

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Ring Binders

More evidence that the Pope believes that Catholic Catechisms need to come with ring binders:     He said Church teaching now reflects “the doctrine of the latest Pontiffs as well as the change in the conscience of Christians who

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Donald R. McClarey

PopeWatch: Hmmm

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber.   VATICAN CITY––With just one day left before voting begins to elect a new pope, Vatican officials are scrambling to put in place the final

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