Catholic talk radio host, Mother Miriam, advises her listeners to “oppose” pope Francis

I don’t get a chance to listen to Catholic talk radio like I used to, but back on December 8th, I was driving down the road and I tuned into the local AM Catholic radio station. The program being broadcast at that moment was “Mother Miriam Live,” hosted by Catholic nun, Mother Miriam (aka Rosalind Moss, photo above). Miriam is a protégé of über-conservative cardinal, Raymond Burke, and a propagator of traditional, militant, pre-conciliar Catholicism and an outspoken critic of the Catholic progressivism being disseminated by pope Francis and other liberal prelates and priests. She often criticizes pope Francis on her show while dichotomously feigning fealty to the papal office.

Halfway though the December 8th program, Mother Miriam read an email from a discouraged listener regarding pope Francis’ recent Fratelli Tutti (All Brothers) encyclical. I’ve transcribed Mother Miriam’s remarks below with the listener’s written words italicized:

“We have an email from Frank who writes, Dearest Mother Miriam, I am very troubled by pope Francis’s latest encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti” (All Brothers). This encyclical seems more like a communist manifesto rather than a call to holiness. We’ve not talked about that on this program. I’m going to read Frank’s email because he describes why he has said that. I think it’s important that we do read it because so many people are confused if not distraught by it. Frank says, The Holy Father outlines his recipe for rebuilding a post-pandemic world beginning with a complete restructuring of politics and civil discourse in order to create systems prioritizing the community and the poor rather than individual or market interests. The pope criticizes heavily democratic forms of government that value individual and personal freedom and favors a socialist form of government where globalist elites look out for the common good. Communists always love the masses, but disdain the individual and want to control their lives. The pope seems blind to this reality. Now this is Frank writing. I don’t know, I wouldn’t personally say the pope is blind to this reality. Frank continues, This encyclical seems more concerned on the false promise of creating an impossible utopia on earth instead of a focus on the true promise of how to obtain eternal life for our souls in Heaven. Sadly, Frank continues, there are also, it seems, direct shots against President Trump. For example, where the pope laments, quote, the concept of popular and national unity influenced by various ideologies is creating new forms of selfishness and a loss of the social sense under the guise of defending national interests, endquote. Frank says, I pray for the Holy Father, but would appreciate your thoughts on how faithful Catholics may respond to this latest encyclical. God bless you always, Frank.

“I even hesitated reading Frank’s email because I agree with Frank and it’s very, very difficult. The way we’re going, the Holy Father together with, what Frank calls, some elites in the world, billionaires who are striving for a one-world government and really to control the masses. Much of what’s going on with COVID, COVID is real, but much of what’s going on is to, I remember Hillary Clinton and others saying, Let’s not waste a good crisis. And so they’ve used the COVID crisis to further their agenda for a one-world market and controlling the masses. So, I agree with you, Frank. What are we to do? How do faithful Catholics respond to this encyclical? I think by simply countering what is not Catholic and speaking of what is Catholic. God’s plan for us is not an earthly utopia, but a Heavenly one, eternal life, to repent, to be saved, to embrace Christ, and to be part of His church. The only way to get to Heaven is to be part of His church on earth. These sorts of encyclicals, and plans, and ideologies are leading us away from that and we cannot have it. We must cling to Christ, to the church, to the teachings of the church, which have not, will not, and cannot change, and to the Scriptures, and I would say our response to the pope’s encyclical is to triple our Catholicity, to begin to live your Catholic faith beyond anything you’ve lived before. To be strong and steadfast and be fully Catholic and oppose anything that is not Catholic, that will not get you to Heaven.”


Catholic conservatives and traditionalists are caught in a tortuous (for them) Catch-22 bind. One of their most cherished tenets is absolute fealty to the pope, the alleged “Vicar of Christ” on Earth. Yet, progressive pope Francis is subverting their beloved church doctrines and propagating progressive political views. What does it say about the Roman Catholic church when conservative Catholic prelates, priests, nuns, and lay leaders are advising their followers to ignore and even oppose the pope? In practice, they have appointed themselves pope over the pope! Keep in mind that neither side in this Catholic tug-of-war, neither the progressives represented by pope Francis or the conservatives represented by Mother Miriam, teach the genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Both sides disseminate the RCC’s false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit.

Below is the video of the 12-08-20 program in question. Mother Miriam’s critical remarks about pope Francis’ Fratelli Tutti (All Brothers) encyclical begin at the 31:00 mark.

36 thoughts on “Catholic talk radio host, Mother Miriam, advises her listeners to “oppose” pope Francis

  1. LOL! “Mother” Miriam’s coreligionists Bellarmine and Ignatius of Loyola would be so disappointed in her.

    Ignatius Loyola, Spiritual Exercises, Rule 13: That we may be altogether of the same mind and in conformity with the Church herself, if she shall have defined anything to be black which appears to our eyes to be white, we ought in like manner to pronounce it to be black. Henry Bettenson, ed., Documents of the Christian Church, 2nd ed. (London: Oxford University Press, 1963), p. 260.

    Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621): If the Pope should err by enjoining vices and forbidding virtues, the Church would be bound to believe vices to be good, and virtues to be evil, unless she would be willing to sin against conscience. For translation, see William John Hall, The Doctrine of Purgatory and the Practice of Praying for the Dead (London: Henry Wix, 1843), p. 400.

    Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621): The Pope is the Teacher and Shepherd of the whole Church, thus, the whole Church is so bound to hear and follow him that if he would err, the whole Church would err.

    Now our adversaries respond that the Church ought to hear him so long as he teaches correctly, for God must be heard more than men.

    On the other hand, who will judge whether the Pope has taught rightly or not? For it is not for the sheep to judge whether the shepherd wanders off, not even and especially in those matters which are truly doubtful. Nor do Christian sheep have any greater judge or teacher to whom they might have recourse. As we showed above, from the whole Church one can appeal to the Pope yet, from him no one is able to appeal; therefore necessarily the whole Church will err if the Pontiff would err. Ed Ryan Grant, St. Robert Bellarmine S.J., De Romano Pontifice, Book IV, Chapter 3, Mediatrix Press, 2016, Pg 479

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    1. Thanks, SB! These references are VERY pertinent to this discussion. Anti-Francis Catholic traditionalists like Mother Miriam are caught in a self-refuting dilemma. Their framework has collapsed, but they obviously cannot admit that.

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      1. I noticed that statue as well. I’m guessing it’s supposed to be a representation of Mary? Ecumenically-minded evangelicals would be surprised by all of the statue/icon worship within Catholicism.

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  2. While the current pope is currently leaning hard to the political Left, the greatest danger he presents is the RCC’s false gospel that he propagates; that salvation is by sacramental grace and merit (i.e. works).

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  3. Hello! I’m currently reading about Mussolini and fascist Italy (1922-1943). Is your comment based on a book or anything? I would imagine that specific time period affected the Vatican? Any info would be appreciated, if not that’s cool too! Have a good Wednesday 🙂

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    1. A good book for general readership on the “seedier” side of RCC and papal history is “The Dark Side of the Papacy” (1988) by ex-priest, Peter De Rosa. He sadly remained a Catholic, but the information is extremely revealing. There’s probably a copy in your local library system.

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      1. Oh, yes. That’s the one I found. My copy also says “update on the sex abuse scandal in the church.” I can provide a link if you’d like? Though it might send the comment to your spam section, I don’t know.

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  4. There are so many ways Pope Francis and the RCC are leading people into hell. Pope Francis for all his talk of charity and wealth distribution hasn’t opened the Vatican pursue to help anyone. Are the refugees that Pope Francis took in a few years ago still with them? I was thinking no, but I could be wrong on that. The more you teach me and inform me Papa Tom, the angrier/sadder I become for these folks stuck in this works based heresy. Rome will burn and it won’t be Christians who get blamed for it. It will be from the Hand of God Himself.

    Are you getting rest? How are Corinne and your doggie doing? Love and blessings to all y’all!

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    1. Hi Mandy. These repudiations of pope Francis by conservative Catholics are quite interesting because they contradict the centuries-old boasts by RC apologists that the “divinely-led” “Vicar of Christ” was incapable of leading the RCC into error.

      “It can be believed probably and piously that the supreme Pontiff is not only not able to err as Pontiff but that even as a particular person he is not able to be heretical, by pertinaciously believing something contrary to the faith.” – Saint Robert Bellarmine

      The conservatives’ repudiation of Francis is an important contradiction that needs to be pointed out, but it doesn’t overshadow the fact that neither Francis or Mother Miriam teach the genuine Gospel.

      What’s also ironic is that conservative Catholics, who take their (false) religion very seriously, dislike Francis intensely, while he is beloved by non-Catholics around the world, including many American evangelicals, for his warm smile, charm, and his distaste for formality and ostentatiousness (at least compared to previous popes). Good question about the status of refugees in Vatican City (although they were actually housed in refuges outside VC) but I couldn’t find any recent information.

      The last three days have been pretty much R&R. I’m not used to being on my feet that long or walking that distance (21K steps on Sunday). Whine, whine, whine. The job will help me lose the 16 lbs. I put on during the pandemic. Corinne and Gracie are doing fine, thanks, and enjoying having the ol’ man out of the house on the weekends. 😊
      I hope you and Nathan are doing well, too, and love and blessings to you both!

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    1. Thanks, David. Listening to Mother Miriam for just even ten minutes is an enlightening crash course on how Roman Catholicism is contrary to the genuine Gospel. The fact that she regularly badmouths her own pope, the alleged “Vicar of Christ,” is an interesting sideshow.

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      1. Conservative Catholic radio talk shows used to provide lots of fodder for my blog. I was able to listen to podcasts for an hour or two each day on my previous job (routine numbers crunching), but not anymore.

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    1. Thanks, Rebekah. Few evangelicals are knowledgeable about the RCC and many unwittingly assume it preaches the same Gospel as Gospel Christianity. I’m glad you left the RCC. This internecine squabbling between the Francis and conservative Catholics is a powerful indictment against the historical claims for the papacy. It flies over the heads of most contemporary, ecumenical-friendly evangelicals.

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    1. Thanks! Yup, Francis has these traditionalist and conservative Catholics tied up in knots and constantly wringing their hands. Almost comical except that souls are at stake.

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      1. Nope, this was my first post with Mother Miriam. The other Catholic radio host I used to feature, David Anders, was MUCH more cautious and circumspect with his criticism of Francis. Mother Miriam shoots from the hip, just like her mentor, cardinal Raymond Burke.

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      2. I listened to Anders for quite a long time and it got to be the same arguments over and over. However, his rationalizations for pope Francis’ heterodoxies were something to behold.

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      3. Yup, I listened to him today. Same old tripe about how the RCC gave us the Bible, which ignores the fact that the RCC wasn’t around to give us the Old Testament.

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