I was just thinking, It’s mercifully been a few weeks since Pope Francis said something insulting about traditional Catholics and Catholicism. I thought too soon; last Friday he dismissed the attraction of young people to the older form of the Mass as “just a kind of fashion.”

And at this point the constant, knee-jerk refrain from the Ultramontanist crowd that every ignorant utterance from this pontiff is (a) a media distortion or (b) no different from what Pope Benedict said is simply pitiful.

That said, anyone tempted to despair should read Mike Aqulina’s new book, Good Pope, Bad Pope. If the Church can survive Benedict IX and Alexander VI, we will surely get through the Franciscan moment.

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