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Domine, non sum dignus

Pope Emeritus Benedict Can Settle It All

One man can confirm or deny the central allegation against Pope Francis. The Catholic Church needs that man to step up now. In an 11-page letter by former US Nuncio (ambassador) Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Pope Francis is accused of ignoring warnings about Cardinal Timothy McCarrick. Viganò claims he personally delivered the warning to Pope Francis in 2013. The pope allegedly ignored the warning and the dossier on McCarrick in 2013. Read more →

The Fisherman’s Other Shoe Just Dropped

God, come to our assistance O, Lord, make haste to help us Pope Francis ignored evidence of crimes and overturned punishment imposed by Pope Benedict on the wicked and disgraced Cardinal McCarrick. That’s according to a former papal nuncio and corroborated by a former first counselor to the nunciature to the United States speaking on the record. The two men have direct knowledge of the matter. Pope Francis refused to comment on the allegations that he personally covered up McCarrick’s crimes. Read more →

Hennessy’s View Now Ad-Free!

I’ve been using Google Adsense for years to offset the cost of hosting this site. Google never paid enough to cover the costs, but the ad revenue helped. The thing is, Google is an evil company run by evil men. I don’t want to support evil people, so I’ve eliminated my Google ads. (Google is very unfair to publishers, by the way. They rig their system so you don’t get paid. Read more →

Why Do You Stay?

Why do you stay a Catholic? Today’s Gospel reading comes from John 6. John chapter 6 is all about the bread of life. In it, Jesus shocks his Jewish followers by announcing that they must eat his flesh and drink his blood to achieve eternal life. When some of his disciples challenged this formula for immortality, Jesus doubled down, saying: Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. Read more →

A Bishop Does the Right Thing and the Post-Dispatch Deceives You

It’s Friday, and our archbishop in St. Louis has done a great thing. (Maybe today would be a good time to thank a priest. Give him encouragement.) But the town blog used deception to report the story. Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis asked Missouri’s Attorney General, Josh Hawley, to review all of the archdiocese’s records regarding abuse cases. Hawley agreed to the Archbishop’s request. Archbishop Carlson deserves our praise and respect for his openness and honesty. Read more →

You Need the Church Christ Founded

Because of my sinfulness and selfishness, I was out of communion with the blessed sacrament for most of my adult life. To anyone who’s never been excommunicated, you cannot imagine the pain and humiliation of being in that state. Being a coward, I avoided mass. I was too embarrassed. Week after week, my neighbors would see me not going to communion. I’d have to get up and let the communicants through, then kneel back down, often alone. Read more →

The Power of Praise

I need to practice something. I need to practice being more generous with compliments and praise of others. Yesterday, a colleague asked if she could speak to me. I naturally thought I had done something wrong. When she began by saying, “you know, I always speak my mind,” I thought, “oh, no. Here it comes.” Then she told me, “the other day in a meeting I mentioned how much I love hearing you speak. Read more →

How I Deal With the Pope’s Teaching on the Death Penalty

Last week, Pope Francis approved a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Longtime readers might recall that my views on the death penalty are a bit nuanced. But I didn’t always have the courage to express it. In 2014, I wrote: I don’t buy the idea that the death penalty is no deterrent. I don’t buy the notion that the death penalty should be banned. I think the availability of such a punishment serves its purpose. Read more →

Crawling Back to Happiness and Freedom

Happiness Did you know that the word “happiness” means “blessed?” Neither did I. But when I heard this on EWTN Radio the other day, I remembered there are two translations of the Beatitudes. One version goes with “Blessed are …” and the other with “Happy are … .” So, I guess it’s true. The words are interchangeable. Happiness, then, doesn’t mean walking around in some lithium-induced state of bliss. Happiness means earning or obtaining a blessing. Read more →

How I’m Voting August 7

People ask me how I plan to vote on August 7. Here you go: U.S. Senator - Republican Party Primary → Austin Petersen U.S. Representative, District 2 - Republican Party Primary → Noga Sachs State Auditor - Republican Party Primary→ Paul Curtman Missouri Proposition A→ Yes State Representative, District 110 - Republican Party Primary→ Dottie Bailey St. Louis County Executive - Republican Party Primary→ Paul Berry III St. Louis County Assessor - Republican Party Primary → Dan Hyatt Read more →