Author Archives: Christopher Hale

Christopher Hale’s Interview on NPR

Cardinal Burke Confirms to BuzzFeed: He’s Being Ousted from Key Position

via Buzzfeed: In the interview with BuzzFeed News, Burke confirmed publicly for the first time the rumors that he had been told Francis intended to demote him from the church’s chief guardian of doctrine to a minor post as patron to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. “I very much have enjoyed and have been […]


Blase Cupich–champion of social justice–is the next archbishop of Chicago

The Francis effect has come to the United States. News reports have surfaced that Blase Cupich–the bishop of Spokane, Washington–will be named the next archbishop of Chicago this morning. This past June, he spoke at Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism, which we covered extensively here at Millennial. Cupich explained that “by uncoupling  human […]

Report: Pope Francis to Demote Cardinal Burke

We tend to focus more on the Church in the world than internal Church politics, but this would be quite a development. Sandro Magister reports: The “revolution” of Pope Francis in ecclesiastical governance is not losing its driving thrust. And so, as happens in every self-respecting revolution, the heads continue to roll for churchmen seen as […]

Breaking: Three members of Pope Francis’ extended family die in crash

Tragic news is being reported by CNN this morning. Evidently three of Pope Francis’ family members have been killed in a car crash in Cordoba early this morning. Here’s the latest from CNN. Let’s pray for Pope Francis and his family during this tragic time.

Bruised, Hurting and Dirty: The Missionary Church of Pope Francis

This is a revised draft of a talk given in DCCatholic’s Summer Theology on Tap series on August 16, 2014. Click here to listen to the speech online. Thank you, Jonathan, for the introduction. First let me say that it’s a joy to be with you tonight. I’m particularly grateful to be here at St. […]

Mary was no shrinking violet

On this feast of the Assumption of Mary, Christians celebrate the Blessed Mother’s full assumption into heaven. The Gospel reading for Mass today comes from Luke and contains Mary’s Magnificat. This great song of praise reminds us that Mary was no shrinking violet. By her great yes to God, Mary became the pioneer and protector of our […]


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