Sep 4, 2020
Christ at the Center of the Council
Conversations with Father Robert Imbelli have been a great blessing in recent years. I have rarely met a more even-tempered and gracious man: a true churchman who, in retirement...
Sep 2, 2020
Vatican Should Object to China’s Repression in Hong Kong
As the democratic world scrambles to devise adequate countermeasures to China’s increasing repression in Hong Kong and beyond, there is one currently disengaged actor that...
Aug 21, 2020
Rediscovering Eucharistic Amazement
In his 2003 encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia (The Church from the Eucharist), Pope St. John Paul II invited Catholics to regain a sense of “Eucharistic...
Aug 17, 2020
Rediscovering the Reality of the Eucharist
Thinking out loud about a return to “Sunday normal,” a veteran pastor recently told me that he thought it would take one year for each month of...
Jul 31, 2020
The Next Pope and the Crisis of the West
In February 1968, Cardinal Karol Wojtyła wrote Father Henri de Lubac, S.J., about a project in which the cardinal was engaged: a philosophical explanation of the uniqueness and...
Jul 23, 2020
The Next Pope and Vatican Diplomacy
During a short papal flight from Boston to New York on October 2, 1979, Father Jan Schotte (later a cardinal but then a low-ranking curial official) discovered that Cardinal Agostino...
Jul 20, 2020
A Paradox for the Next Pope
The past four papal elections haven’t been kind to prognosticators. The 1978 conclaves—which elected Albino Luciani as John Paul I, then Karol Wojtyła as John Paul...
Jul 17, 2020
The Next Pope and Vatican II
Polemics about the Second Vatican Council continue to bedevil the global Catholic conversation. Some Catholics, often found in the moribund local churches of western Europe,...
Jul 9, 2020
Navy & Mass: From Anchors Aweigh to Away-from-Church
If any group of Americans could reasonably be expected, and trusted, to conduct themselves in ways that minimize the danger of spreading infection during public worship, you...
Jun 18, 2020
Cardinal Pell and the Biases of a Royal Commission
Abrief dip into Latin helps us understand how preconceptions can lead to biased judgments that falsify history—as they did when an Australian Royal Commission on sexual abuse...
Jun 15, 2020
Audrey Donnithorne: Woman of Valor
The first two sentences of Audrey Donnithorne’s autobiography, China in Life’s Foreground, suggest something of her character, independence of mind, and dry sense of...
Jun 11, 2020
"The Heavens Declare the Glory of God?"
In his Life of St. Augustine, the 5th-century bishop Possidius tells us that the greatest of the Latin Doctors of the Church, knowing that his earthly end was near, had four...
Jun 5, 2020
The Vatican's Choice: Jimmy Lai or Xi Jinping?
In mid-May, Chinese leader Xi Jinping unveiled a plan to bypass Hong Kong’s legislature and impose draconian new “national security” laws on the former British...
Jun 1, 2020
Extraordinary Evangelization in Extraordinary Times
I’d heard about Father Alexander Sherbrooke long before we met in June 2011; Father Sherbrooke had been a mentor for young friends of mine who had worked at St. Patrick’s...
May 28, 2020
Cardinal Pell and the Anatomy of a Pathology
Those who imagined that the sliming of Cardinal George Pell would stop as of April 7, when a unanimous decision of the High Court of Australia acquitted him of “historical...
May 19, 2020
On John Paul II's Centenary
As the world and the Church mark the centenary of the birth of Pope St. John Paul II on May 18, a kaleidoscope of memories will shape my prayer and reflection that day. John Paul II...
May 18, 2020
Pope John Paul II's Soviet Spy
Students of the Cold War’s dark arts know that Communist intelligence services deeply penetrated the Vatican in the 1970s. Yet few know that Pope John Paul II, whose centenary...
Apr 30, 2020
The "Historic" Amazonian Synod, Revisited
Given that he was one of the principal planners and prominent leaders of last October’s special Synod on Amazonia, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, OFM, is understandably enthusiastic...
Apr 23, 2020
Rediscovering Baptism in Plague-Time
On April 29, 1951, Father Thomas Love, SJ, baptized me in the Church of Sts. Philip and James, near Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Family legend has it that I raised such a...
Mar 25, 2020
“Churchmanship” is not a term in vogue today, and given the alleged inclusivity-deficit of such words it’s unlikely to make a comeback. Which is a shame. Because...
Mar 13, 2020
Doubling Down On a Bad Deal
Perseverance on a difficult but noble path is a virtue. Stubbornness when confronted by irrefutable evidence of a grave mistake is a vice. The latter would seem an apt...
Feb 20, 2020
The post-synodal apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia [Dear Amazonia] did not accept or endorse the 2019 Amazonian synod’s proposal that viri...
Feb 7, 2020
Auschwitz and "Intrinsic Evil"
Seventy-five years ago, on January 27, 1945, the infantrymen of the Red Army’s 322nd Rifle Division were bludgeoning their way into the Third Reich when they discovered the...
Jan 30, 2020
The Bullies and That Benedict/Sarah Book
Immediately after news broke on January 12 that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah had written a book on the crisis of the priesthood in the 21st-century Church,...
Jan 16, 2020
Atheistic Humanism vs. the 'Message from Jerusalem'
Eric Cohen’s thoughtful, provocative reflection in Mosaic on Attorney General William Barr’s Notre Dame lecture analyzing America’s contemporary...
Jan 13, 2020
The Martini Curve Revisited
Pope Francis concluded his pre-Christmas address to the Roman Curia by invoking the memory of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, SJ, who died in September 2012. The Holy Father recalled...
Jan 2, 2020
New Year's Resolutions for Concerned Catholics
During and after the grim martial law period in the early 1980s, many freedom-minded Poles would greet each other on January 1 with a sardonic wish: “May the new year be better...
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