Pope Francis

It's Nothing Personal

Papal infallibility is utterly misunderstood. Nowhere is it decreed that the pope is infallible; the Catholic Church has never taught that any pope is infallible.

First Things First

Charges of sowing division in the church are more properly lodged against one of the heroes of conservative Catholicism: the late Richard John Neuhaus.

Doctrine Air

Engagement with vexing questions is part of the life of a pilgrim church. It is strangely un-Catholic to assert that doctrine does not and cannot change.

Letter from Rome

The Vatican announces world tour for holy corpses; Relics arrive in Rome escorted by paramilitary police; Francis calls religious to "pray more" to raise vocations.

Letter from Rome

Francis said though it's impossible to “cancel out” faults of the past, this should not “continue to contaminate” relations with various other Christian communities.

Letter from Rome

In Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, traditionalists disagree with Pope Francis's “polyhedron ecumenism”; In the U.S. they highlight the faults of married deacons.

Care Extended

Pope Francis kicked off the Jubilee Year of Mercy with the opening of the Holy Door at St. Peter’s. I started my observance with a brilliant black comedy from HBO.

Letter from Rome

Pope Francis commissions specially selected "Missionaries of Mercy" for Holy Year while record numbers of Italian Catholics are seeking "annulments" of their baptism

Letter from Rome

In 2016 Francis will be focusing more on calling to the episcopacy and promoting to the cardinalate men who have the charism and willingness to be pastoral bishops.

A World Without War

Could war follow the same path to extinction as slavery? It could, and this is a reason not to dismiss the Catholic Church’s call for its abolition.

Bread, Butter & Climate Change

The environmental movement gets criticized for neglecting social and economic injustice. But California is seeking to align climate and economic policy-making.

Letter from Rome

At the end of his address to the Roman Curia, Pope Francis quietly invoked the memory of one of the most important reform-minded bishops in the United States.
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