Category Archives: Catholicism

Olson v. Fisher-More College

The newly-minted bishop of Forth Worth, his excellency Michael Olson, has written to President King of Fisher-More college purporting to revoke the college’s permission to celebrate the usus antiquior. Rorate cæli has the lead report, including the original materials; useful commentary is available from the Remnant, Father Z, and DAC. Bp. Olson’s letter reads as [...]

Terminology note: Pope

Via Rorate coeli, Archbishop Jan Graubner reports recent remarks by Francis I, the incumbent of the See of Rome: When we were discussing those who are fond of the ancient liturgy and wish to return to it, … [Francis] made a quite strong statement when he said that he understands when the old generation returns [...]

Questions presented

I’d like to make an open solicitation for views on the canonization process. Specifically: Does the effect of canonization beyond announcement that “this person is in heaven” remain an open question on which the faithful may speculate and differ (see Ott, Fundamentals, §7), or has it been answered by the magisterium? (Put another way, is [...]

A follow-up on Father Pavone

In September 2011, some 52 months ago, Bishop Patrick Zurek suspended Father Frank Pavone, the head of Priests For Life, proffering several inflammatory accusations. Father Pavone chose to comply with the process. At the time, I made two observations. Father Pavone was doing the right thing, I said, by complying—a “meek obedience to his legitimate [...]

Pope Francis versus Paul Ryan?

Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is among America’s most high-profile Catholics, and the media is apt to seize with glee upon any dissonance (real or invented) between his politics and his faith. We therefore turn our attention to Phillip Bump’s article Who is more Fallible on Economics, Paul Ryan or Pope Francis? Bump’s article is prompted [...]

Opting out of the game

“Did Francis really say…?” is becoming a game as annoying as it is mandatory, and the main source of grist for that mill is his troubling habit of giving “fervorini.” A fervorino is a short, often “off-the-cuff” homily; for obvious reasons it is appealing to parish priests who celebrate daily Masses cum populo, and, for [...]

The Anglican use

I was delighted to learn that there is an Anglican Ordinariate group at Holy Rosary Parish in Indianapolis, and made  a field-trip today. For the record, it was an Anglican-use Mass celebrated by a Latin-Rite priest with faculties in the personal ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter and hosted by Holy Rosary. I left [...]

The interview that wasn’t, and why it matters anyway

Catholics recently endured the latest scandalizing interview with Pope Francis. Apologists for Francis began to spin, while cooler heads were shaken in weary exasperation; so far so familiar. But this story started to come off the rails when Timothy Card. Dolan destroyed a factual claim that the story put in the pope’s mouth. The interview [...]

Rationalizing Pope Francis

Greg Popcak has an interesting post explaining, essentially, “how I learned to stop worrying and love Pope Francis.” It starts out well but comes off the rails, and I can concisely explain why and how. Dr. Popcak appears to believe that God directs the selection of the pope, and therefore seeks to interpret events harmoniously with [...]

On meeting Archbishop Tobin

This week, Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin celebrated the Woods’ opening day Mass. How can I explain why it was such a big deal to me to meet Abp. Tobin—why I felt (and, alas, may have acted) like a schoolgirl meeting a pop sensation? It isn’t because he’s an impressive man, although he is that; he [...]