Tag: Pope Francis

74: What Makes for a Bad Pope?

74: What Makes for a Bad Pope?

The history of the papacy is filled with saints and sinners, good popes and bad popes. Sometimes Catholics want to deny that we can have bad popes, or that the pope they are living under could be a bad pope. In this episode of Swimming Upstream...

73: The Battle for the Soul of the Vatican

73: The Battle for the Soul of the Vatican

For decades there’s been a battle for the soul of the Vatican – will it be faithfully Catholic, or will it conform to the world? For most of that time this battle has been quietly raging behind the scenes, but in recent months it’s come out...

67: Should Pope Francis Resign?

67: Should Pope Francis Resign?

The recent allegation that Pope Francis knew about former Cardinal McCarrick’s immoral activities has sent shockwaves throughout the Catholic Church. Some are calling for the Pope’s resignation. Should he resign? If he doesn’t...

53: Hell and Its Inhabitants

53: Hell and Its Inhabitants

Recent comments by Pope Francis have called into question the existence of hell, or if anyone is actually there if it does exist. I take a look at the Church’s teaching on hell, as well as what it takes (or doesn’t take) to get there...

50: Is It Okay to Be Upset with the Church?

50: Is It Okay to Be Upset with the Church?

There’s a lot to be upset with if you’re a practicing Catholic these days. It seems a day doesn’t go by that some Church teaching isn’t being undermined or denied by Church leaders. What’s a regular Catholic to do?...

46: Can a Pope Be Removed from Office?

46: Can a Pope Be Removed from Office?

Controversy surrounds Pope Francis again. This time he allegedly covered up abuse allegations against a Chilean bishop. This has led some (including myself) to openly wonder if he should be removed from office if these allegations are true. But...

36: Can Catholics “Correct” a Pope?

36: Can Catholics “Correct” a Pope?

My name was recently added to the Filial Correction of Pope Francis, and in this episode I discuss whether it’s even proper for a Catholic to ever “correct” the pope. Resources: Correctio Filialis De Haeresibus Propagatis Why I...