Tag Archives: Cognitive dissonance

The new ultramontanes

“The personality of the Pope alone contributed to it. His charm and open nature, so different from the reserved behavior of his predecessor, … gradually gave him … a popularity such as no pope had known before him.” Apposite though that line might seem, it was written of Pio Nono, and the “it” referred to […]

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 […]