The Plot to Bring Down Pope Francis

Hold horses on this one, which purports to catch the writer in an ignorant statement about forgiving abortion. It was in fact, one mistake in a long, well informed, if slanted and wrong-headed, article.

But my reference to forgiving abortion ignores her link to her 2015 story to Francis’ expanding to priests “the discretion to forgive penitent Catholic women for having abortions.”

Not that priests have been entirely ruled out, being sometimes deputed by their bishop to give absolution. But granting absolution has been limited to bishops.

The writer might have specified this but did provide the necessary link, and in any case let the record show she is clearly not uninformed.


It’s all a plot, says Daily Beast writer, a liberal who loved him from the start for his “cool” all-things-OK approach.

Such as:

[making it] OK to forgive abortion [give absolution] to repentant women . . .

Thus speaketh the ill-informed reporter. First time evah repentance is cause for forgiveness!

via The Plot to Bring Down Pope Francis

Pope’s men working to cover his tracks in re: McCarrick

Seeking, we presume, to swear and “prove” that while half the ecclesiastical world knew about the ex-cardinal’s malfeasance, he, Francis knew nothing.

Apparently the Vatican is realizing that the silent gambit was not working, or rather was working against them:

Pope Francis’ top advisers say the Vatican is preparing the “necessary clarifications” about accusations that the pope covered up the sexual misconduct of a now-disgraced American cardinal.

Francis’ nine cardinal advisers expressed their “full solidarity” Monday with the pope over the scandal, which has thrown his papacy into crisis.

If he knew nothing, why not? Which so-called advisors left him in the dark? Which heads are to roll among his men?

via PopeWatch: Necessary Clarifications – The American Catholic