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There will be no prayers for his soul at this interfaith farrago in the presence of leaders of ‘the world faiths’ and the archbishop of Canterbury

He had no time for liberalism, but would have spurned the SSPX

Despite Annibale Bugnini’s extreme ecumania, the protestant observers at the consilium were wrong: the sacrificial language of the new mass was still entirely Catholic

He really does believe that we cannot, in his words, use Church doctrine ‘as we please’

ARCIC has always been a reductionist body, part of a subversive movement whose indifferentism has caused huge damage to the faith of Catholics in the pew

We are in such an atmosphere of uncertainty that even Jane Fonda can love the pope because she thinks he hates dogma: something has to give

When everyone else automatically, even unthinkingly, receives Holy Communion, those who can’t feel isolated from the community of the Church

He has set essential reforms under way. Cardinal Pell and the other reformers need time to complete their work. What we don’t need is another conclave

Much of what he says in his public statements appears not entirely intellectually well thought through; at times it is even totally incoherent

Pope Francis is popular with the secular media because they think he’s about to abandon the disciplines of the Church; and they have built him up by denigrating Benedict XVI