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Pope Francis

Love of the People vs. Art of the Deal

Jason M. Morgan

November 2020

Will Chinese Catholics belong to the Church, or will they be sold over as part of a political deal that some in the Vatican wish to strike with the powers of the world?

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Religious Persecution Is Rising. Do Catholics Care?

MANY BELIEVERS HAVE LOOKED AWAY FROM THE INJUSTICE

Pieter Vree

November 2020

Our struggles in the U.S. are a far cry from the hard persecution that our coreligionists elsewhere in the world face on a routine basis.

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The Fires This Time

ASSAULTS ON CATHOLIC CHURCHES CONTINUE ACROSS THE GLOBE

Pieter Vree

October 2020

July was a cruel month for attacks on Catholic churches. But the mother of them all wasn’t an act of destruction; it was an act of desecration, a hostile takeover of a former Catholic cathedral.

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The Priesthood in a Time of Darkness

Christopher Beiting

July-August 2020

The problem of two different conceptions of a cleric-as-minister and a cleric-as-priest divided Christendom and has seeped into the Church.

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Terrible Tenderness

Alex Taylor

June 2020

For humanists, the religious impulse is redirected from traditional religions toward a secularized system of values such as egalitarianism and bodily health.

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Million-Dollar Bishops

NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK

Pieter Vree

March 2020

It’s no coincidence that financial corruption walks hand in hand with sexual immorality. Where you find one, you’ll often find the other.

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Love of God & Love of Neighbor: One Commandment or Two?

CARDINAL KASPER’S NOVELTIES

Christopher Roberts

January-February 2020

Carinal Kasper grounds mercy in New Testament revelation and the Fathers of the Church. But his sources often do not say what he claims they say.

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The Vatican’s Filthy Lucre

NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK

Pieter Vree

January-February 2020

Peter’s Pence doesn’t solicit funds for financial speculation that fattens the Vatican’s investment portfolios; the fund shouldn’t be used that way.

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A Peek into Papal Priorities

NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK

Pieter Vree

December 2019

Here’s your Pope: When pagan idols are removed from a sacred space, he apologizes; when his belief in the divinity of Christ is questioned, he’s silent.

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Post-Truth, Climate Change & the Catholic University

WHY DO PEOPLE REJECT THE SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS?

A. James McAdams

October 2019

As the earth was created before man, Pope Francis advises, man is obliged to treat the earth in a manner that is “caring, protecting, overseeing, and preserving.”

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Father Figuring

NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK

Pieter Vree

July-August 2019

The Catholic Church's sex-abuse problem is caused by predators who wear clerical collars and who are protected by a clericalist culture.

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Wuerl, the Flesh & the Devil

NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK

Pieter Vree

March 2019

The whole Wuerl saga goes to show — yet again — that many of the leaders of the Church aren’t so much interested in professing the truth as they are in protecting their prestige.

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Are Revelation & Modernity Compatible?

THE DANGER OF “DOUBLE TRUTH”

James V. Schall

January-February 2019

The effort of the Church to come to terms with the modern world too often assumes that contemporary culture is neutral when, in fact, it is closed to the transcendent.

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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

December 2018

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 for February with the presidents of all bishops’ conferences to discuss ‘protection of minors.’

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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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Scalfari Strikes Again
June 2018

Knowing Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari's habit of not taking notes during interviews, why does Francis continue to allow him to stir up controversy and cause PR headaches for the Vatican?

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Are There Atheists in Heaven?
June 2018

Pope Francis well knows that whenever he speaks into a microphone, he is addressing not only those present but the whole world, in his capacity as leader of the Catholic Church. Therefore, his words are open to scrutiny.

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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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Cardinal Cupich's Uncertain Trumpet

A PRINCE'S PUZZLING PREVARICATIONS

John A. Perricone

April 2018

Revolution is an overturning of the present order; it is dreadful in any society. But it is impossible in the perfect society of the Holy Catholic Church.

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What If Pope Francis Were to Rescind Summorum Pontificum?

UPON THE DEATH OF BENEDICT XVI

W. Patrick Cunningham

March 2018

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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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Is the Pope Looking to Lambeth?
November 2017

Why would Pope Francis form a group to study the composition of the 1968 encyclical if the intent is not to fundamentally change its message?

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The Sinner's Veto

HAS CANON LAW BECOME A DEAD LETTER?

Jake Neu

November 2017

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Under the Rainbow
November 2017

When Catholic moral theology and LGBT "rights" collide, one must give way. How will this play out under the "inclusive" bishop of San Diego?

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How "Remarried" Catholics Can Validly Receive Communion

GUEST COLUMN

Ines Angeli Murzaku

October 2017

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Francis or Fundamentalism: A False Dichotomy

WHO ARE THOSE "CATHOLIC INTEGRALISTS" ?

Thomas Storck

October 2017

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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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The Church's Strange Reappraisal of Islam

WILLING CAPTIVES TO CONTEMPORARY IDEOLOGY

Timothy D. Lusch

June 2017

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Amoris Laetitia: What Is Pope Francis Up To?

THE MYSTERIOUS LIGHTNESS OF THE LORD'S YOKE

Anthony Giambrone

June 2017

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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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A Year of Magical Thinking

FAITH IN THE DENIAL OF REALITY

Timothy D. Lusch

November 2016

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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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'The Remnant' Crosses the Rubicon

GUEST COLUMN

John Médaille

May 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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A Virus, a Crisis

EXAMINING THE FALLOUT FROM ZIKAGATE

Monica Migliorino Miller

April 2016

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Pope Francis Streamlines the Annulment Process

WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

Philip C.L. Gray

March 2016

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Francis & the Lutherans: Intercommunion Confusion
January-February 2016

A joint document published by the U.S. bishops and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America leaves unsaid how "Eucharistic hospitality" can be accomplished without violating Catholic practice.

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The Other Side of Mercy

CHRIST'S MISSION OF TOUGH LOVE

Frederick W. Marks

January-February 2016

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Crossing the Chasm of Faith & Praxis

THE DO-NOTHING CHURCH IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR

Chene Richard Heady

December 2015

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Pope Francis Doesn't Need Your Applause
November 2015

Pope Francis isn't satisfied with the reductionism that narrows the Catholic ethic of life to "no abortion," or the Catholic teaching on the family to "no same-sex marriage."

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The Theological Blurriness of Cardinal Marx
May 2015

German Cardinals Marx and Kasper have implied by their words and actions that national episcopal conferences can form their own doctrinal and pastoral policies apart from Rome and contrary to the Church's universal teaching.

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Rabbitgate: Twelve Questions for Pope Francis

GUEST COLUMN

C. Jacob Johnson

March 2015

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Losing the Liberals
March 2015

As we mark the two-year anniversary of Jorge Bergoglio's election to the papacy, the extended honeymoon period with liberal Catholics that he enjoyed is coming to a bitter close.

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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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The Heavyweight Prelate Debate
December 2014

The Synod was part of a larger struggle between two opposing camps, both of which are led by men who've dominated the post-Vatican II ecclesiastical landscape: Joseph Ratzinger and Walter Kasper.

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Enter the American Bergoglio
November 2014

The National Catholic Reporter, the anti-Catholic Huffington Post, New Ways Ministry, and Call to Action are thrilled with Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich, Chicago's shepherd since 2014.

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The Blood Crying Out from the Ground
October 2014

We Westerners bear responsibility for the current sufferings in Iraq. We created a power vacuum there that has been filled by bloodthirsty maniacs hellbent on religious cleansing.

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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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As the Tables Turn
May 2014

The shift in the Congregation for Bishops could signal a coming sea change in the type of bishops and priests who are tapped to head American dioceses over the next decade.

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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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False Mercy & the Integrity of Marriage
May 2014

Cardinal Burke, the Church's foremost expert on annulment, said the process is "essentially connected with the doctrinal truth" of the Church, and changes should be considered with great care.

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Canon Fire: Burke vs. Wuerl

WHOSE VIEWPOINT WILL PREVAIL?

Christopher Manion

April 2014

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The German Question
April 2014

On the question of how to accommodate second marriages in the Church, most of the key players in the debate, for now, happen to be German bishops and cardinals.

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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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Reading Francis through Manzoni

ECHOES FROM THE PAGES OF A BOOK

Francis J. Manion

March 2014

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The Self-Fulfilling Prophet
March 2014

Oscar Andres Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga 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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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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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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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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Dances With Wolves, Vatican Edition
September 2013

The days of trusting what's going on deep behind the scenes in chanceries and in the Roman curia are over. Transparency is what's needed, not blind trust in some broken bureaucracy.

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Action & Overreaction: Figuring Out Francis
June 2013

Our new Pontiff has new ideas and a new manner of delivery. Even as we are jolted about by his surprises, we see that he is staying faithful to his mandate.

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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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