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Is Francis’s Revised Teaching on the Death Penalty a Development of Doctrine?

THE PRIMACY OF MERCY — OR THE END OF MERCY ?

Monica Migliorino Miller

The Culture of Life may be advanced by the Holy Father’s innovation, but he has forged an unsettling theological path to take us there.

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The Strange Magnetism of Virtual Fisticuffs

REVERT'S ROSTRUM

Casey Chalk

November 2018

What happens when a fairly obscure writer picks a fight with a Christian YouTube celebrity who has over 200,000 followers?

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Ecce Papa Franciscus!

NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK

Pieter Vree

November 2018

The Pope has convened a summit with the presidents of all bishops’ conferences to discuss ‘protection of minors’ -- in February 2019, months from now!

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Dante’s Divine Comedy & the Viganò Testimony

GUEST COLUMN

Joshua Hren

November 2018

Then as now, opinion makers try to reduce those who testify against Church corruption to resentful reactionaries working out their revenge.

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At Last, a Reckoning?

NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK

Pieter Vree

October 2018

Archbishop Viganò has cracked open the Vatican cone of silence and exposed what might be a Church-wide cover-up of McCarrick’s crimes.

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A Pro-Life Pivot?

GUEST COLUMN

F. Douglas Kneibert

September 2018

Pope Francis’s new appointees to the Pontifical Academy for Life have expanded the pro-life umbrella to include migrants, technology, and the environment.

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Is Francis Doing What Jesus Did?

ON "GOING BEYOND JESUS"

James V. Schall

September 2018

Heretics and schismatics today do not leave the Church to form their own separate bodies. They stay inside the Church and demand their ideas be included.

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Cardinal Cupich's Uncertain Trumpet

A PRINCE'S PUZZLING PREVARICATIONS

John A. Perricone

April 2018

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Zen & the Artifice of Vatican Diplomacy
April 2018

Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, archbishop emeritus of Hong Kong, calls the looming Vatican-China deal a "shameless surrender" that legitimizes the communist regime's episcopal appointments and "enslaves the Church."

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Falling into the Darkness of Error
March 2018

Maurizio Chiodi, one of Pope Francis's most favored theologians, asserts that responsible parenthood can obligate a married couple to use artificial birth control. Yes, obligate!

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Chronic Confusion, Polarization & Polemics in the Church of Francis
December 2017

After the  and a , Pope Francis was the unhappy recipient of yet another critical letter that expresses concerns about his pontificate.

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A Pontificate of Mercy — or a Merciless Pontificate?
September 2017

The time has come to offer an unvarnished look at the fruits of this papacy: Four-and-a-half years of evidence shows that Francis has fomented division and preached politics over the Gospel.

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Silence of the Shepherds
July-August 2017

ISIS capitalizes on the West's ignorance of its own history. The Pope and bishops should allow competent theologians and historians to publicly defend the faith against Muslim propaganda.

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Dawah, Dislocation & the Hijacking of Catholic-Muslim Dialogue

THE CIVILIZATION-JIHADIST PROCESS

Timothy D. Lusch

May 2017

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The Interfaith Delusion

THE U.S. BISHOPS' CATHOLIC-MUSLIM DIALOGUE

Timothy D. Lusch

April 2017

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A "Climate of Fear" in the Vatican?
January-February 2017

Bishop Schneider of Kazakhstan says in Rome today, churchmen "live in a climate of threats and of denial of dialogue towards a specific group" — that is, towards anyone not in lockstep with Francis's reform movement.

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A Sign of Self-Contradiction
December 2016

Today, transgenderism is firmly established in the cultural landscape. Who will cut through the cant, expose the cultural masquerade, and proclaim the truth? Our religious leaders?

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To Kill in the Name of God Is Satanic
December 2016

The Pope plainly stated, "To kill in the name of God is satanic," but again he studiously avoided identifying Muslim terrorists as perpetrators of this.

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Islam Is Like Fruit Salad?
October 2016

Pope Francis sows confusion when he makes unconsidered or uninformed remarks during his in-flight press conferences, which are supposedly held in order that he might appear honest and transparent.

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Barbarians Inside the Temple
September 2016

By killing a priest as he celebrated Mass, Islamic supremacists have framed their ongoing aggression as a religious war between Islam and Catholicism.

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Is It 'Triumphalist' to Acknowledge Europe's Christian Roots?

CHARLEMAGNE'S GHOST

Timothy D. Lusch

July-August 2016

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Cardinal Kasper's Merciful Incoherencies

AN IMPOVERISHED SPIRITUALITY OF SUFFERING

Christopher Roberts

June 2016

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Pope Francis's Appeasement Plan: Securing a False Peace With Iran

GUEST COLUMN

Timothy D. Lusch

June 2016

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A New Springtime for Liberal Catholicism?
April 2016

When John Paul II and Benedict XVI commanded the chair of Peter, conservative and orthodox Catholics knew the pope and Magisterium were their 'court of last appeal.' That privilege now belongs to liberal Catholics.

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Rabbitgate: Twelve Questions for Pope Francis

GUEST COLUMN

C. Jacob Johnson

March 2015

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On Pilgrimage with Pope Francis

ESCHEWING SECURITY, HEADING FOR THE PERIPHERIES

Raymond T. Gawronski

January-February 2015

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Aberrations, Confusion, Synodal Machinations
December 2014

The interim report of the Synod on the Family shone a light on reformers who seem bent on transforming the Church into a replica of the Anglican Communion.

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Is Pope Francis a Socialist?

GUEST COLUMN

Steve Soukup

October 2014

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Lost in the Plethora of Anathemas
September 2014

The Pope hurls one anathema after the next. Each time he speaks, each time he gives an interview, he seems to have a fresh target — and many are members of the Catholic Church.

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How Effective Is the "Francis Effect"?
May 2014

The alleged "Francis effect" on church attendance appears to be more wishful thinking than actual fact, but the Church's financial figures have experienced a boost.

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Pope Francis: Put-Down Artist?
April 2014

Generally speaking, Pope Francis's language of mercy and compassion has been directed toward "outsiders." To those inside the sheepfold, he's struck a startlingly different tone.

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Canon Fire: Burke vs. Wuerl

WHOSE VIEWPOINT WILL PREVAIL?

Christopher Manion

April 2014

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The Self-Fulfilling Prophet
March 2014

Oscar Andres Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, archbishop of the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa and leader of the Council of Cardinals, has opined, "I'm firmly convinced we are at the dawn of a new era in the Church, just as when Pope John XXIII opened its windows 50 years ago and made it let in fresh air."

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Reading Francis through Manzoni

ECHOES FROM THE PAGES OF A BOOK

Francis J. Manion

March 2014

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Pope Francis: Delight of the World
December 2013

Jorge Mario Bergoglio is fast becoming one of the most popular persons on the planet, a global celebrity of the greatest appeal.

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Pope Francis & the Primacy of Conscience
December 2013

The most egregious remark in the Pope's interview with Scalfari concerns a subjective definition of conscience, one that the self-described atheist says he "perfectly shares."

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The Poor Misunderstood Pope?
November 2013

While Pope Francis doesn't deny the truth or the faith, he implicitly calls some of it into question, not only by his call for a re-ordering of priorities, but through his uncertain and inexact language.

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Is Francis Flogging Conservative Catholics?
October 2013

Left-leaning journalists trumpet Pope Francis's "new direction," using thinly-veiled triumphalist language to show that the pontifical tables have finally turned.

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Will the Real Pope Francis Please Stand Up?
May 2013

Aside from style, Francis gives every indication of carrying on the essential spiritual vision of Benedict XVI, particularly in battling the "tyranny of relativism."

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