NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK
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 MAINSTREAM CULTURE HAS NO USE FOR A CHRISTIANITY REMADE IN ITS IMAGE
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.
MANY BELIEVERS HAVE LOOKED AWAY FROM THE INJUSTICE
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.
ASSAULTS ON CATHOLIC CHURCHES CONTINUE ACROSS THE GLOBE
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.
A FOLLOW-UP ON SOME DISGRACED PRELATES AND THEIR HELPERS
Here we follow-up on some disgraced prelates and their inner circles who did the dirty work of covering fraudulent, criminal behavior.
ALL PUBLIC FIGURES ARE FLAWED, AND SOME ARE FRAUDS
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