As attendance at Mass and the confessional ‘soars’, his pastoral strategy is looking clearer; who knows? The ‘Francis effect’ may even prove durable
The Holy Father has just fervently declared his support for Benedict XVI’s vision of the Church, and has issued a clear rejection of the so-called ‘Spirit of Vatican II’
Pope Francis ‘leaves the exposition of doctrine to others, and reserves for himself the merciful style of the care of souls’: is he playing a dangerous game?
He has, says Sandro Magister, inaugurated a ‘twofold communicative register’, the existence of which the Press has simply not caught up with. Maybe it never will.
Pope Francis has his own way of doing things: but that doesn’t mean he is reinventing the Catholic religion. If you’re worried, you should calm down: all is well
He prefers to communicate by means of discussion and conversation rather than preaching at people. But he never places the teachings of the church in any doubt
When, next year, Benedict XVI’s predecessor is canonised, will he once more be spontaneously acclaimed as ‘John Paul the Great’? He will by me
Like Leo the Great and Gregory the Great, he both exerted geopolitical influence and reasserted the teaching authority of the Holy See
The Catholic co-chairman of ARCIC III is reported as having said that the ban on administering Communion to Anglicans might be relaxed. Well, did he?
Archbishop Longley ought now to issue a retraction, or ‘clarification’ of some kind, in an attempt to undo the damage his interview has done
In Mulieris Dignitatem (as I had my own reasons to realise at the time) Pope John Paul gave the definitive Catholic answer to modern secular feminism
It’s when you take Mary out of the equation—as first Protestantism and then modern secularism did—that the secular feminism of our own day inevitably emerges in the end
Some Catholic ‘traditionalists’ have about the same relationship with the Catholic tradition as the BNP with the English Conservative tradition
Pope Francis is sometimes unnerving. But he is after all the Pope, the Vicar of Christ. To some Catholics who claim to defend orthodox belief that means nothing
Is Pope Francis thinking of appointing as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship a disciple of Annibale Bugnini deeply hostile to Benedict XVI’s reforms?
If Archbishop Piero Marini really is appointed, it will be an unmistakeable declaration that we are all to be plunged back into the hermeneutic of discontinuity and rupture
The accusation against Pope Francis that his policy was to avoid the contentious moral issues turns out to be wrong. He is, after all, a sign of contradiction
Now he has made a passionate declaration against abortion, on the protection of the vulnerable against being ‘discarded’, because they, too, are in the image of Christ
A plea to the Pope: please, Holy Father, overrule the Curia’s probably illegal instruction to the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate not to use the 1962 Missal
The motu proprio ‘Summorum Pontificum’ says that they need ‘no permission from the Apostolic See’ to celebrate the Tridentine Mass: their congregation has acted ultra vires