Tagged: bishops

Prophecy and the Centrality of Compassion

I have two Pope Francis quotes for you today, both regarding bishops, delivered by US papal nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre at the recent ordinations of two American bishops. Earlier today, reader Joseph Snearline shared with me Archbishop Pierre’s homily at...

Prophecy and the Centrality of Compassion

Episcopal Incoherence

US President Joseph Biden embarked on the first overseas trip of his presidency last week. His first scheduled stops were in the UK and Belgium to gather with world leaders for the G7 and NATO summits, before heading to Switzerland...

Episcopal Incoherence

Bishops with musical talent

Dear readers, what follows is a one-time post from a brand-new Substack I started last week called Mike Lewis Extra. What’s Substack? It’s is an email newsletter platform designed for small publishers. I figured I wouldn’t let my Twitter threads...

Bishops with musical talent

Unraveling Pontifical Secrets

This week, our friends Colleen Dulle and Gerard O’Connell of America did a “deep dive” into the selection process for Catholic bishops in the latest episode of their always-informative “Inside the Vatican” podcast. During the podcast—which also featured interviews with...

Unraveling Pontifical Secrets

Pope Francis breaks a few plates

Today marks one week since the premiere of the documentary Francesco in Rome and since the statements made by Pope Francis on civil unions set off a media firestorm. This post is, by my count, the seventh piece we’ve published...

Pope Francis breaks a few plates

The Failures of Champion Bishops

The Church in the West is facing profound challenges as it seeks to evangelize. By most visible metrics—those that rely on data from surveys and professional research on religious practice and belief—the Church is in decline. This decline can be...

The Failures of Champion Bishops

On Critics of the Church’s Precautionary Measures

Over the last 2,000 years, we have faced many different plagues and crises. The Church has responded to them in various ways, based on the needs of the people and the knowledge of science at the time. As our knowledge...

On Critics of the Church’s Precautionary Measures

An Invisible Communion

The world is currently facing a pandemic that has the potential to kill millions of people and permanently change the way we live. Not surprisingly, many employers, in efforts to promote “social distancing,” are transitioning to largely virtual office settings,...

An Invisible Communion

George Murry: Advocate of Liberty & Justice for All

As a Catholic in a small Ohio diocese, it is always interesting when our local Church shows up in the national news. This week, my bishop—the Bishop of Youngstown, Ohio—George Murry was elected as the chairman of the USCCB Committee...

George Murry: Advocate of Liberty & Justice for All