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Conscience and the Sunday Obligation

When the pandemic hit the United States earlier this year, bishops across the country made the necessary but unprecedented decision to dispense the faithful from their traditional obligation to attend Mass every Sunday. Six months later, we are slowly beginning...

The Ongoing Pandemic of Child Abuse

The COVID-19 pandemic is easing in some areas, increasing elsewhere, and settling into an ongoing reality everywhere. At the same time, the United States is facing a reckoning with our terrible legacy of racism following the killing of George Floyd...

An Appeal for Clarity

I must admit, Archbishop Viganò’s May 8 appeal for the lifting of coronavirus restrictions has me in a bit of a panic. What he describes in that remarkable document sounds so terrifying, yet so vague. I feel like I’ve swallowed...

Austen Ivereigh

Austen Ivereigh on evangelization in the post-pandemic world

Listen to part 2 of our Peter’s Field Hospital conversation with Austen Ivereigh. In this concluding segment, DW Lafferty and I talk to Austen about how to communicate the message of Pope Francis to Catholics who resist his message. We...

Fatima: A pilgrimage with the heart

A pilgrimage not done with the feet, but with the heart. — motto of the Sanctuary of Fatima for the 2020 May celebrations In the last couple of days, I have seen not a few people on social media saying...

Austen Ivereigh on Pope Francis and the Catholic Media

In today’s episode of Peter’s Field Hospital, DW Lafferty and I are joined by papal biographer and journalist Austen Ivereigh, who recently conducted an interview with Pope Francis, the first of his papacy directed specifically to English-speaking Catholics. We discussed...

You are your Brother’s Keeper

Across the country, bishops are gradually beginning to allow public Masses again. This process will be slow-going, and the dioceses that are reopening have extended the dispensation of the faithful from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass. How public liturgies...

The Church and scientists must work together for the common good

During this pandemic the Catholic Church has a choice between working together with the scientific community for the common good, or ignoring that community and confirming the charge that it is anti-science. It is a popular misconception that the Catholic...

Is this a divine punishment?

I think it’s completely natural for believers to look at this pandemic and the profound suffering it is causing and ask themselves “why?” The Catechism calls the experience of suffering and evil a “scandal” before going on to say, “If...

Learn about the Triduum Liturgies with Father Patrick Lewis

In my conversations with the other contributors for Where Peter Is, both on the podcast and in personal conversation, we’ve frequently expressed our appreciation for the ingenuity and creativity of Catholics in coming up with ways to carry out ministry...

At every time and in every place

Millions of Catholics around the world are now facing the reality that they won’t be able to attend any Holy Week liturgies or receive Communion on Easter Sunday. The Triduum is one of my favorite times of the year. I...

New Podcast! Peter’s Field Hospital, Episode 1

Yesterday I got together with Paul Fahey and Dan Amiri to discuss Pope Francis’s extraordinary Urbi et Orbi ceremony and how it has been received. We also talked about the need for respect for the lives of the elderly during...

Contra Viral Genocide

First Things has published several articles in the past few weeks dismissing the attempts by churches and governments to reign in the COVID–19 pandemic, suggesting they are overreactions. In R.R. Reno and Bioethics of a Pandemic, Dr. Pedro Gabriel addresses...

Talking to your kids about coronavirus and suffering

Many parents are wondering right now: how do I talk to my child about a global pandemic? We parents are still trying to wrap our minds around this situation ourselves. We may be trying to balance working from home, attempting...

Notes from the Field Hospital

The past few weeks have certainly been stressful for most of us. Less than two months ago, the life-threatening virus that has infected people around the world was, for many of us, an interesting international news story. Today, many of...

“I am with you always”

When I hear the words “Apostolic Penitentiary,” I don’t usually think about the maternal love of the Church (actually, I had to go to Wikipedia to look up exactly what this tribunal does when I first heard of it). However,...

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...

“No greater love” in the time of Coronavirus

Scripture tells us, “No one has greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13.) Thus, the most famous biblical formula for martyrdom equates and balances sacrifice with a service or benefit for others. This...

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