SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
April 28, 2021
The events in Ireland and Quebec are easily explained away as the Church just getting caught up in laws that are aimed at the general population. But another factor is at work: Ireland and Quebec are both flexing their muscles as post-Catholic societies.
April 27, 2021
The Pontifical Gregorian University’s Centre for Child Protection is set to become “The Institute of Anthropology. Interdisciplinary Studies on Human Dignity and Care,” which will be known by the initials IADC.
April 27, 2021
Nick Ripatrazone explores the spiritual songbook of one of the great contemporary American artists, Bruce Springsteen.
April 27, 2021
Father Swamy’s arrest in October 2020 provoked widespread protests, with Catholic leaders and faithful uniting with secular organizations to call for his release.
April 27, 2021
Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare MCCJ is in stable condition in a Rumbek hospital operated by the Italian organization, Doctors with Africa (CUAMM), according to ACI Africa.
April 26, 2021
Pope Francis has called an Ordinary Public Consistory to consider seven causes for canonization, including that of Blessed Charles de Foucauld. At the Consistory, set for Monday, May 3, Cardinals resident in Rome or who are present in city will vote on whether to proceed with the canonizations of the Blesseds. The Vatican has noted
April 26, 2021
The Nuncio to Spain says "no one can doubt the credibility of the Church in its statements and activities" with regard to clerical sexual abuse.
April 26, 2021
Children react past a mural poster of Chad’s late president Idriss Deby in a street in Ndjamena on April 24, 2021, a day after his funeral. (ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images)   The Bishops of Chad, in Central Africa, have called for an “inclusive national dialogue” in the wake of the death of President Idriss
April 25, 2021
Pope Francis expresses his spiritual closeness and offers prayers for victims of tragedies in Iraq; the Mediterranean; and the the Caribbean island nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
April 24, 2021
If there are stalwart reformers -- and we know there are some of the clerisy genuinely committed to the work of ripping out the rot and repairing the Church's leadership culture -- we might nonetheless reasonably wonder whether they have the wherewithal to bring about meaningful reform.
April 24, 2021
Tan France promises to love the child a surrogate mother is carrying for him and his partner. But what about the anonymous mother? Surrogacy isn't an innocent economic exchange.
April 23, 2021
Abuse survivor Juan Carlos Cruz says he hopes his presence on the Commission "will bring renewed impulse to the Churches’ commitment to hearing, welcoming, assisting and accompanying the children, men and women who have been abused and in creating a space for them in the life of the Church.”