A boat without Peter, or Peter without a boat?

From our correspondent in Rome

There exists a certain philosophical simulacrum, whose most profound meaning is expressed in the maxim ‘a truth’s worth is always in keeping with the number of its followers’. Such an idea dominates the capacity of forming judgments of a great number of our contemporaries, who think it unnecessary to distinguish between believing and voicing an opinion.Continue Reading

Francis’ abortionist friends – and President Macri’s sorry reception. “Tell me who your friends are…”

There was consternation in the media due to the coldness demonstrated by Francis when he received the Argentine president, Mauricio Macri, on Saturday, February 27. Normally, cordiality is the norm for a diplomatic encounter, although there may be differences between the parties involved; this is basic protocol… Read on…

True catholic doctrine on private property… and Francis’ version of it

After having analyzed the references made by Francs in his Encyclical Laudato Si’ regarding the topic of private property (see parts I, II and III of this study) – using for his end certain citations of John Paul II, the meaning of which were deliberately left unclear – perhaps a doubt has arisen for our readers. In light of the facts that these studies have demonstrated, what intention does Francis have with all of this?Continue Reading

‘Social mortgage’ and Agrarian reform: one more surprise on “Social Doctrine” by Francis – he really likes to misquote John Paul II

In other parts of this study (see here and here), we have already analyzed four (distorted) references of Pope John Paul II made by Francis in the text Laudato si’.Continue Reading

Plagiarism? Manipulation? Prestidigitation? Francis’ peculiar concept of private property

One of the aspects in which Francis has caused most perplexity – especially in the western world – is his blatant aversion to capitalism, shown by criticizing the free market whenever he gets a chance, by his unconcealed partiality for a motley assortment of communist leaders, as well as by the transmission of messages of dubious content, which – if one has the heart to get to the bottom of them – contain unpleasant surprises.Continue Reading

Are they trying to ‘pass off a cat as rabbit’? Francis and the Social Doctrine of the Church

The tale is told that once upon a time in Spain, the poor quality of the meals offered at wayside inns got to such a point that the guests, before tucking in, would say the verse: “Si eres cabrito, mantente frito; si eres gato, salta del plato” – which loses its rhyme in translating as: ‘If you are a goat, continue roasted; but if you are cat, hop out of my plate!’ Continue Reading

Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are (II)?

As everyone knows, the famous saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” insinuates an adaptation to the customs and culture of the places we visit, in order to feel more at ease and be more easily accepted by the inhabitants. This norm is applied, obviously, to those practices that don’t offend good morals, for it’s also true that as good Catholics we should never frequent places where this could occur. Even more, in places where our faith might be put at risk.Continue Reading

Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are (I)

“The Holy Spirit, whom Christ the head pours out on his members, builds, animates, and sanctifies the Church” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 747). Every since the beginning of Christianity, this sanctifying action has resulted, among numerous other aspects, in the fraternal help and assistance in favor of our brothers and sisters in need.Continue Reading