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”