Author: Mike Lewis

“I’m still converting!”

Years ago, my pastor took a group of men from my parish on a pilgrimage down to Mexico City, to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Tepeyac Hill—where Our Lady appeared to St. Juan Diego in 1531—and...

“I’m still converting!”

Jason Berry’s Powerful Testimony

Yesterday the New York Times published a short documentary by Emmy-winning filmmaker Ben Proudfoot about the veteran investigative reporter and author Jason Berry. Berry is one of the unsung heroes of the Church in the past half-century. Almost two decades...

Jason Berry’s Powerful Testimony

A different religion?

“It seems as though we aren’t even part of the same religion.” Sometimes saying a thing enough times does make it true, and in his public response to Traditionis Custodes in a New York Times op-ed, Michael Brendan Dougherty makes...

A different religion?

Pope Francis’s own words

Last month, PBS launched its second season of the documentary series In their Own Words, with the first episode focused on Pope Francis. It offers some interesting perspectives on the pope and commentary by figures such as NBC journalist Anne...

Pope Francis’s own words

Holding all the cards

Back in my pre-WPI days, I spent a year or two floating around on Catholic social media defending Pope Francis, explaining Amoris Laetitia, and arguing with radical traditionalists and papal detractors about the development of doctrine, papal primacy, and the...

Holding all the cards

Pope Francis’s vision of synodality

For many Catholics, the word “synod” is still relatively unfamiliar. That’s all going to change very soon. This October, Pope Francis will kick off a 2-year journey in the C hurch that will begin at the local level and eventually...

Pope Francis’s vision of synodality

The History of Liturgical Reform

In light of the debate over Traditiones Custodes, I’ve been doing some research into the history of the Church’s liturgical reform. A lot of historical claims have been made on social media about the state of the liturgy prior to...

The History of Liturgical Reform

Friday night book post!

Exciting news! One of our original WPI contributors, Pedro Gabriel, has just published a new fantasy novel! Dumah, a world forsaken by the stars. A Great Silence curses the land. A princess is born in strange circumstances. A secret lays...

Friday night book post!

Understanding Traditionis Custodes

If you feel lost in all the discussion over what Pope Francis did with the pre-Vatican II Mass (and why), here are two helpful podcasts from America Media to help you understand what’s going on. First, Colleen Dulle puts together...

Understanding Traditionis Custodes

Was Traditionis Custodes a response to concerned US bishops?

More than eight years into his papacy, after remaining mostly silent in public (and sometimes even cautiously optimistic) about the liberalization of the use of the 1962 Roman Missal by his predecessor, Pope Francis finally reversed Pope Benedict XVI’s 2007...

Was Traditionis Custodes a response to concerned US bishops?

Gregorian chant and the post-Vatican II liturgy

An area of contention and debate surrounding the state of the Roman liturgy today is sacred music. Many today will point out that Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on Sacred Liturgy, states, “The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as...

Gregorian chant and the post-Vatican II liturgy