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By any historical measure, it was a game-changer: the first meeting since the 7th century between a Roman Catholic Pope and a Shiite spiritual leader regarded as a “source of emulation.” It will take a long time to assess the full implications of the immensely intriguing 50-minute face-to-face conversation, with interpreters only, between Pope Francis... Read More
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From the website of the Jesuit publication, America, we read: This is not going to be a prolix column because not a great deal needs to be said. The fewer words the better was George Orwell’s writing philosophy and we concu
The Vatican has found itself in dire straits thanks to a combination of rife corruption and collapsing donations. These are the claims in Universal Judgement, a new book by Gianluigi Nuzzi, the Italian journalist famous for curating documents revealing financial improprieties in the Vatican. In 2006, the Catholic Church took in $112.7 million dollars. Today,... Read More
Are Catholic truths immutable? Or can they change with the changing times? This is the deeper question behind the issues that convulsed the three-week synod on the family of the 250 Catholic bishops in Rome that ended Saturday. A year ago, German Cardinal Walter Kasper called on the church to change -- to welcome homosexual... Read More
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The recent visit of Pope Francis to the United States has been hailed by the American media, from MSNBC to Fox, from a delighted President Obama to a tearful John Boehner, as a huge success, that is, as Church spokesmen describe it, a “pastoral success.” Francis came, he spoke, he conquered, goes the narrative. Millions... Read More
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In the wake of America’s week-long, Pope Francis bacchanalia, a few column titles suggest themselves: “Benedict, What Have You Wrought?” “The Global Village Idiot.” “Lady Di of The Papacy.” The last hints at the trendy, pop-philosophies that animate Pope Francis’ Lady Di-like belief system. The intellectual equivalent of these papal shopworn shibboleths you’ll find in... Read More
A pope zone cut Philly in two. Hundreds of soldiers poured in. Throughout downtown and OldCity, they manned every intersection, including alleys. Since 9/11, Americans have been conditioned to see soldiers in battle fatigues on their sidewalks, but this is unprecedented for peacetime Philadelphia. At least these troops were not armed. Only the cops were.... Read More
What if things are not always as they seem? What if the enormously popular Pope Francis is popular precisely because he is less Catholic than his two immediate predecessors? What if his theory of his stewardship of Catholicism is to broaden the base of the Church by weakening her doctrine so as to attract more... Read More
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Congressman Thomas Massie, R-Ky., has invited me to the House of Representatives to watch Pope Francis address a joint session of Congress. This generous Methodist congressman has invited your traditionalist Roman Catholic columnist and cable TV guy to this grand event. I am going with joy because the pope is the Vicar of Christ on... Read More
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