Tag Archives: Dissent

In and out of the cafeteria

Father Dwight Longenecker writes some very sharp commentaries. His most recent is not one of them. It is, alas, pretty stupid. Fr. Longenecker says that “with Pope Francis the cafeteria Catholics are the conservatives,” but the equivalence is entirely false. Let’s start by understanding what we mean by “cafeteria catholic.” That term is an established […]

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 […]

Cardinal Martini’s comments

Carlo Cardinal Martini, SJ, died in August; de mortuis nihil nisi bonum, but his eminence left us with a posthumous interview (original Italian here) in which he makes some statements about the state of the Church. A decent time having elapsed, it demands attention. Before moving on, n.b. Father Ray Blake’s post here. Martini evokes “the […]

“Frankly, this is what it is like sometimes dealing with my seven-year-old son.”

Carl Olsen has this on the responses of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious to the Vatican’s recent moves to fix some problems at LCWR.

“[T]he entirety of Vatican II must be read and interpreted in light of Tradition”

David Bonagura discusses What the SSPX Reconciliation Means – and Doesn’t. Let’s dig in directly with my emphases and comments: Few things make Catholics forget the precept of charity more than discussion of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), the traditionalist group of bishops and priests who, due to their opposition to the Second Vatican […]

The CDF and “Just Love”

Father James Martin, SJ—our regular relator of stories touching on the vita consecrata and those in it—notes that the Holy See has rebuked Just Love, a book by Sister Margaret Farley, RSM. So far as I can tell, no one, up to and including Sr. Farley, disputes the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s […]

LCWR responds to CDF

Via Father James Martin, SJ, the unsurprising—yet still disappointing—response of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s doctrinal assesment. It says essentially what we would have expected, but notice what it does not say. The situation could simply and forthrightly be resolved if LCWR would say: “This […]

The democratic fallacy

Periodically, someone will suggest that bishops ought to be elected, and they will place immense weight on the point that bishops were once elected; they are likely to offer a quote (without sourcing) that he who is to govern all should be chosen by all. While it’s true, after a fashion, that bishops were elected […]

An open letter to Prof. Swidler

Dear Len, I may call you Len, right? (Since you addressed the Holy Father by a familiar diminutive of his birth name in a public letter, I shall consider formality to be ceded ground.) Anyway, your letter has some problems. I’m just going to get out The Red Pen—as a professor, I’m sure you’re familiar […]

Sr. Le Fer on the habit

On August 16, 1853, Irma le Fer, Sister St. Francis Xavier, SP, sent “word of joy and happiness”: Her sister Elvire had become doubly a sister, joining  the Sisters of Providence as Sister Mary Joseph. “has received the Holy Habit; she has laid aside the garments of the world to clothe herself with the livery […]