Category: Commentary

Based and Cringe Catholicism

It has become a truism of late that the internet in general and social media-driven “Web 2.0” in particular have had a disastrous effect on most people’s ability to understand ambiguity and get along with others. This point has been...

Based and Cringe Catholicism

Cardinal Bernardin’s true legacy

As the director of The Bernardin Center, you might think that I should do the most to keep the ministry and the legacy of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin alive in the Church and the world. Probably, that would be right. But...

Cardinal Bernardin’s true legacy

Pope Francis’s Pilgrimage to Canada

Today it was announced that Pope Francis intends to visit Canada, in response to an invitation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). The statement from the Vatican reads as follows: The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited...

Pope Francis’s Pilgrimage to Canada

A Catholic moral panic, two years on

Today marks exactly two years since a young Austrian convert to the Catholic faith, Alexander Tschugguel, stole five wooden figures of pregnant indigenous women from the Amazon from Santa Maria in Traspontina church in Rome in the early morning hours....

A Catholic moral panic, two years on

The Libertarian, Anti-Vaccine Conscience

The overlap between the anti-vaccination movement and reactionary resistance to the Church’s magisterium has been well-documented. In one recent example, Janet Smith, a professor renowned for her defense of Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae, argued for Crisis that “the Church...

The Libertarian, Anti-Vaccine Conscience

Existential Isolation

I was recently assigned to read an article about loneliness and existential isolation for a class in my graduate program in clinical mental health counseling. The article presented a view of the human person that closely reflected the Catholic understanding...

Existential Isolation

Paradigm Shifts after Vatican II

How does one tell the story of the Second Vatican Council? It is a question that has fascinated many people over the past fifty years, challenged them as well, because for one thing, more than one story is involved. Why...

Paradigm Shifts after Vatican II

Slander, EWTN, and Cannibalism

It has now been more than ten days since the release of the transcript of Pope Francis’s September 12 encounter with 53 Slovak Jesuits in Bratislava, and we have finally had a response from a representative of the EWTN network....

Slander, EWTN, and Cannibalism