While the annual gathering fell short, it may in fact have signaled a critical turning point on the road to reform.
The bombshell in Baltimore confirms what the Holy Father has already made clear. He alone will decide when an investigation is needed. Only he will judge, and his judgment will be given without reasons.
Pope Francis has identified “clericalism” as a key factor in the crisis. It’s an ambiguous term that means different things in different mouths, but it must certainly include regarding priestly or episcopal service as a club to be joined rather than a sacrificial service to be offered.
Fr Robert Taft was a rare figure in Rome who spoke up for persecuted Ukrainian Catholics
It seems Asia Bibi, persecuted for her faith, may be on her way to freedom. She deserves whatever help she can get as the mob waits to kill her.
The damage to the political culture caused by the discovery that a federal judge had skeletons in his teenage closet would be less severe than the willingness of senior senators to fabricate those skeletons as a deceitful means to a political end.
The moral problem with drugs is that they aim directly at compromising the reason, altering the perception of reality and the capacity to think clearly. With marijuana, it is often this hallucinatory effect that is the principal purpose of the use. Drug use is thus better likened to alcohol abuse, a violation of temperance, not simple alcohol use.
There are many cultural and practical reasons why the prohibition of alcohol is both unwise and impractical, but that it is legal should not obscure that it does massive damage, often to the most vulnerable.
We have been relearning painfully ever since that technological mastery enables us to do more, both for good and for evil
The Great War was Europe’s greatest civilizational failure, a kind of mass civilizational suicide. Any culture, any political system, any diplomatic apparatus that could give rise to a catastrophe on the scale of the Great War lost its credibility. It was no longer possible to have faith in Europe after Europe had massacred itself.
Dr Cohen, the Jewish doctor who treated the shooter Robert Bowers, spoke of a desire to forgive – surely a desire born of the worship at that very synagogue.
The Big Bang, despite being used by scientists weak in metaphysics to “explain” that the origins of the universe exclude divine creation, actually points — suggestively, but not definitively — to a complementarity between astronomy and biblical revelation, righty understood.
The heart of Cardinal Wojtyła trembled in 1978, but his heart was strong, every day carrying within it Peter’s conversation with the Risen Jesus, until that day when that heart was finally stilled by a body that had grown weak.
Ken Woo’s painting departs from the traditional depiction of angels holding the instruments, opting instead just for two angels, with a collection of instruments of the Passion suspended above them. And here we find presentation of the instruments that is familiar and new.
The dubia regarding Amoris Laetitia and Veritatis Splendor have gone unanswered, leaving individuals, including bishops and priests, to work out how to proceed when the latter condemns what the former proposes. The easiest solution is simply to ignore that Veritatis Splendor exists.
Veritatis Splendor rejected at length the objections that Paul VI faced in his time, namely that in teaching the truth about the moral law, the Church was lacking in compassion and in respect for freedom.