AN AMORPHOUS & ILL-DEFINED TERM AND EVENT
How can the Synod on Synodality be a rebalancing of ecclesial powers? It is, after all, the brainchild of the most powerful of ecclesial figures.
NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK
The priestly sex-abuse scandal will bring the Church in America to the same sad state as her counterpart in France: discredited and depopulated, a shell of her former self.
TRADITIONALISTS AND POPE FRANCIS
There are no protagonists in the latest liturgical drama, only antagonists. Nobody comes out clean, neither traditionalists nor Pope Francis.
The German Church has launched a program of reforms with elements that, if approved by the bishops’ conference, would contradict longstanding Catholic teaching.
The McCarrick report is a historical accounting that doesn’t hold anyone accountable, and it will have no practical consequences.
Pope Francis is entitled to his opinions, and he’s not shy about sharing them in front of microphones. But his opinions don’t equate to magisterial pronunciations.
The Episcopal Church contorts its theology to conform to the broader culture, but the culture has no real use for a Christianity remade in its image.
Our struggles in the U.S. are a far cry from the hard persecution that our coreligionists elsewhere in the world face on a routine basis.
July was a cruel month for attacks on Catholic churches. But the mother of them all wasn’t an act of destruction; it was an act of desecration, a hostile takeover of a former Catholic cathedral.
The willful suppression of the sacraments by Catholic leaders could portend the diminution of the Church in both numbers and influence.
Here we follow-up on some disgraced prelates and their inner circles who did the dirty work of covering fraudulent, criminal behavior.
We must maintain an emotional distance even from those who project an aura of holiness. Often, God’s holy ones are known only to Him.
What a crazy, mixed-up world we live in where even polygamists claim their lifestyles are part of their 'identity' and who they were created to be.
It’s no coincidence that financial corruption walks hand in hand with sexual immorality. Where you find one, you’ll often find the other.
Peter’s Pence doesn’t solicit funds for financial speculation that fattens the Vatican’s investment portfolios; the fund shouldn’t be used that way.
Here’s your Pope: When pagan idols are removed from a sacred space, he apologizes; when his belief in the divinity of Christ is questioned, he’s silent.
No temporal or civilizational events can override the sacramental necessity of the Catholic priesthood’s being reserved to men.
China could well be poised to inherit the earth that the U.S. once commanded — especially if our comparative student bodies are any indication.
The Catholic Church's sex-abuse problem is caused by predators who wear clerical collars and who are protected by a clericalist culture.
A meritocracy fits America’s sense of itself as free from the class-based social structures that defined the European countries from which our predecessors fled.
The whole Wuerl saga goes to show — yet again — that many of the leaders of the Church aren’t so much interested in professing the truth as they are in protecting their prestige.
Few are the churchmen who are willing to speak publicly about the root cause of the sex-abuse crisis: the scourge of homosexuality in the priesthood.
The Pope has convened a summit for February with the presidents of all bishops’ conferences to discuss ‘protection of minors.’
Archbishop Viganò has cracked open the Vatican cone of silence and exposed what might be a Church-wide cover-up of McCarrick’s crimes.
- Karl Keating