Pope Francis

Can Francis Cure the Curia?

Finding the right staff is but one of the many problems Francis faces in reforming the Curia.

The Things We Share

We are now at the point where American Catholics should accept state recognition of same-sex marriage simply because they are Americans.

Historical Amnesia

Misreadings are all too common among Catholic leaders. Part of the error stems, no doubt, from an ignorance of history, or more likely, history badly taught.

Religion Challenges Left & Right

Signs of a strong anti-religious current within a segment of the liberal community that is an important political fact and a potential problem for progressives.

The First Encyclical of Francis?

In content, theological style, and pastoral voice, Lumen fidei belongs primarily to the pope emeritus, but not entirely and not decisively so.

Hard Thinking

A text that moves from Wittgenstein to William of St. Thierry is not for the faint of heart. The account of the faith that emerges is complex and paradoxical.

Final Chapter, First Words

Because this work concludes Benedict’s trilogy of encyclicals on the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love, the stronger authorial hand belongs to him.

Saintly Politics

Pope Francis is proving himself to be a genuinely holy man, a brilliant politician, and a leader who knows what reform requires.

The Outsiders

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who’s guarding the guards? It’s a question that exasperated members of a credibility-challenged organization have long...

On the Piazza

CNS photo/Paul HaringOutdoor papal Masses are always a strange combination of stargazing and solemnity, and, at least in that regard, Francis’s inaugural was no...

Why ‘Francis’?

Of the many virtues associated with St. Francis of Assisi, humility was the first to occur to me as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio stood before the multitude for...

Bridge Builder

Anyone who followed media coverage of the papal conclave that elected the Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, couldn’t help noticing that the...
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December 12, 2013 | 1 comment