Father Thomas Weinandy: Threat of Church Division ‘Growing in Intensity’, “This Is the Real Schism”October 8, 2019
The ‘Spirit of Timidity’ That Thwarts Evangelization, by Phil LawlerOctober 8, 2019
By Auguste Meyrat, Crisis Magazine, October 8, 2019
The Holy Father has spilled a great deal of ink impressing upon the First World its duty to welcome economic migrants. Now he’s turned to spilling bronze. The Vatican has become the new home of a lumpy brown mass depicting a crowd of emaciated figures evidently waiting for their chance at a better life.
Many Catholics have difficulty grasping the Pope’s priorities. He excoriates Western democracies for their mistreatment of the poor while cozying up to the communist regime in China, which has starved tens of millions—perhaps hundreds of millions—to death and left countless others in desperate poverty.
Some have noted how seldom Pope Francis invokes the name of Jesus in his public statements. When he draws attention to the plight of the poor, he doesn’t consider the primary causes—which are often spiritual—but only the effects, which are material. This is why he speaks of the struggle of migrants and refugees far more than he speaks of tyranny, social dysfunction, or bankrupt ideologies. For him (and most liberal Christians), the problem begins at the border, not at home. ….