Category: Analysis

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Truth and Reconciliation

Nowadays, it is easy to be tempted to turn the page, to say that all these things happened long ago and we should look to the future. For God’s sake, no! We can never move forward without remembering the past;...

Truth and Reconciliation
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Pope Francis takes concrete steps for women in the Church

“The challenge today is this: to think about the specific place of women also in those places where the authority of the church is exercised for various areas of the church.” Pope Francis said these words in his famous September...

Pope Francis takes concrete steps for women in the Church
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Are Catholics Countercultural?

On February 1st, the University of Notre Dame’s Church Life Journal published an article by Gunnar Gundersen, entitled “The Dead End of Counter-Cultural Catholicism.” I highly recommend reading the piece in full, in which Gundersen accurately diagnoses the problems caused...

Are Catholics Countercultural?
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Catholicism and the COVID-19 Vaccine

As the world witnesses the long-awaited rollout of new, promising COVID-19 vaccines, most of us are thankful and rejoicing that we are one enormous step closer to the end of this pandemic. Managing this rollout will be an enormous challenge,...

Catholicism and the COVID-19 Vaccine
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Pope Francis on Media Distortion

“At the Synod on Amazonia in Rome in October 2019 some groups in the Church and their media reported the presence of indigenous people through a continuously distorted lens. What was beautiful in that synod—the deep respect for indigenous culture...

Pope Francis on Media Distortion
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Pope clarifies Amoris Laetitia in new book

“This was the great breakthrough the Spirit brought us: a better synthesis of truth and mercy in a fresh understanding drawn from within our own Tradition. Without changing law or doctrine but recovering an authentic meaning of both, the Church...

Pope clarifies Amoris Laetitia in new book
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Bright spots from the USCCB General Assembly Day 1

The US Bishops met today (virtually) for their annual general assembly meeting. If you want to read commentary on the proceedings and votes of today, there’s plenty of that on other sites. Two things stood out to me that I...

Bright spots from the USCCB General Assembly Day 1
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The McCarrick Report: 40 years of facts laid bare

There are two jaw-dropping revelations in the Vatican report on the apparently irresistible rise of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. The first is that St John Paul II personally made the decision to name McCarrick Archbishop of Washington in November 2000...

The McCarrick Report: 40 years of facts laid bare