Oct 22, 2021
Pope Francis, 'Estranged' Catholics & Holy Communion
Certain Catholic media platforms that often function as de facto extensions of Jen Psaki's White House Press Office have continually urged the U.S. bishops to dodge the issue of...
Oct 18, 2021
The Mythology of 'Prestige' Universities
Some years ago, a Catholic prep school invited me to address its parents’ association on the future of Catholic education. After describing how a truly Catholic education,...
Sep 24, 2021
Catholic 'Beliefs' and the Abortion Debate
Do Catholics "believe that human life begins at conception" -- a formulation that's become ubiquitous in recent weeks? Well, yes, in precisely the same sense that Catholics "believe"...
Sep 17, 2021
A Bold Catholic Investment In Inner-City Education
It's a safe bet that "Mother Mary Lange" is not a household name in most U.S. Catholic circles. That unhappy state of affairs may change, though, thanks to a courageous initiative...
Sep 3, 2021
Vatican Diplomacy Making a Difference
This past June 25, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See's Secretary for Relations with States -- usually dubbed the "Vatican's foreign minister" -- told a press conference that he...
Aug 20, 2021
A Church in Mission or a Church in Meetings?
On the Solemnity of Christ the King in 2013, Pope Francis completed the work of the 2012 Synod of Bishops with the apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel),...
Aug 16, 2021
Pope Leo XIII & Contemporary Catholic Contentions
Given everything else going on these days, it may seem strange that a 129-year-old encyclical by Pope Leo XIII, founding father of modern Catholic social doctrine, should have become...
Aug 4, 2021
The Bishops, Donatism, and President Biden
In an article first posted at Commonweal and republished on July 7 in La Croix International, Professor John Thiel of Fairfield University, while criticizing the U.S. bishops'...
Jul 26, 2021
Liberal Authoritarianism and the Traditional Latin Mass
Let me begin by defining my location in the Liturgy Wars. I am a Novus Ordo man. I don't agree that the Roman Missal promulgated by Pope Pius V in 1570 entombed the Roman Rite in...
Jul 16, 2021
Pope Francis and the Life Issues
Pope Francis's tendency to use colorful expressions and abrasive adjectives in commenting on ideas, habits, and practices of which he disapproves have puzzled Catholics for over...
Jul 6, 2021
The DeLauro Democrats and the Bishops
At 1 p.m. EDT on June 18, it was announced that three-quarters of the U.S. bishops had voted to develop a statement on the eucharistic integrity of the Church and the eucharistic...
Jun 29, 2021
Collegiality and Eucharistic Integrity
The concept of the "collegiality" of bishops has been sharply contested since the Second Vatican Council debated it in 1962, 1963, and 1964. That discussion was sufficiently...
May 31, 2021
The First U.S. Cathedral Turns 200
Baltimore's Bishop John Carroll had a decision to make. It was 1805, and the diocese then encompassed the entire U.S. Years before, Pope Pius VI had urged Carroll to build a...
May 20, 2021
A Most Unfortunate Roman Intervention
On May 7, Cardinal Luis Ladaria, S.J., prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, sent a letter to Archbishop Jose Gomez, president of the United States Conference of...
May 14, 2021
Vatican II on Catholics in Public Life
The Second Vatican Council's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (often referenced by its Latin title, Gaudium et Spes) is typically regarded as the most...
Apr 28, 2021
Moral Relativism: Cardinal Meyer's Prophetic Warning
Today’s Catholic Church needs more leaders like Cardinal Albert Gregory Meyer.
Apr 14, 2021
A New 'Humanae Vitae Moment'
Catholicism may be entering a new "Humanae Vitae moment."
Mar 31, 2021
The Easter Explosion
What happened on Easter Sunday was the most explosive experience in human history, shattering all previous expectations of human destiny.
Mar 10, 2021
Bringing the German Church Back from Apostasy
The Fathers' practice of fraternal challenge and correction remains to be recovered. That recovery is now essential as the Church in Germany falls deeper into apostasy -- a denial of...
Feb 3, 2021
Catholics Must Be Coherent on the Eucharist
In his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Pope St. John Paul II invited Catholics to "rekindle" our sense of "Eucharistic amazement," for "the Church draws her life from the...
Jan 20, 2021
A Faithful Reflection on Inauguration Day
Thanks to the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol by a mob, some of whose violent members claim they took their cues from the forty-fifth president of the United States,...
Jan 8, 2021
Catholic Coherence, Catholic Integrity
In 2007, the bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean completed their fifth general conference with a final report, known from the Brazilian city where they met as the "Aparecida...
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