Pope Francis

The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis

Readers expecting a tour de force of church history shouldn't. The question for Wills is this: Why do we need the church or Pope Francis to remind us of God’s love?

Letter from Rome

If you believe media reports, you’d be convinced that Pope Francis strengthened the hand of Australian Cardinal George Pell. But you'd be wrong.

Letter from Rome

There was no personal greeting from Pope Francis during a recent visit by New Ways LGBT pilgrims to Rome; the Vatican did not even properly acknowledge them.

Unity, Not Uniformity

When Paul VI celebrated the liturgy in Italian, it was a pledge to future generations that the church and her liturgy would lean toward outreach and mission.

Clerical Errors

Amid what the media has presented as a general feeling of optimism about the papacy of Francis, there are some matters that remain causes of concern among American...

Letter from Rome

This Lent, Francis celebrates the 50th anniversary of first vernacular Mass said by a pope; one of Rome's most dynamic pastors retires; forgetting Panama's cardinal.

Tall Orders

Seminaries have four to five years of post-college priestly formation to train men to be leaders of the small “corporations” that parishes have become.

'Spiritual Assault'

In the trenches of parish life, I am aware of how an ecclesiastical environment that produces wounded people can lead to a community's unraveling.

Inside the Seminary

Any college-aged man entering a Catholic seminary during the ongoing crisis of the priestly sexual-abuse scandals does so with a certain amount of self-...

Letter from Rome

The Holy See has publicly dealt with four bishops for committing abuse or trying to cover it up. But there has been no transparency on their status or whereabouts.

Letter from Rome

It only took thirty-five years, but the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints finally recognized what almost every rational Catholic in the world had already known.

Letter from Rome

Pope Francis has taken steps to bolster synodality and wean the universal Church from its unhealthy obsession with Vatican centralization. How has he done it?
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Book Reviews

God's Bankers

April 16, 2015 | 1 comment

The Great Reformer

January 22, 2015 | 3 comments

Share & Share Alike

December 18, 2013 | 1 comment