SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Christopher R. Altieri

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March 15, 2020
The suspension of public liturgies may actually be leading some people back to the faith
March 14, 2020
Kowtowing to the Italian authorities would set a very bad precedent. But obstructionism wouldn't help either.
March 13, 2020
After a brief closure, Rome’s parish churches are once again open to the faithful
March 13, 2020
“Let us unite ourselves in these days with the sick, [and] with families suffering in the midst of this pandemic,” Pope Francis prayed at the start of daily Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae on the morning of Friday, March 13th, the seventh anniversary of his election to the See of Peter.
March 12, 2020
Mass at the old basilica in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Divine Love began about as close to punctually as usual for Rome, just after twilight had given way to night. The sun had set a little over three quarters of an hour earlier, with its last light bathing the horizon in the colour
March 12, 2020
Pope Francis has announced the theme of the next Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled for October 2022: “For a synodal Church: communion, participation, and mission.” (Insert obligatory “synod on synodality” joke here.) There; now that’s out of the way. It’s not a terrible idea, to be perfectly frank. Indeed, it’s long
March 11, 2020
Mass may be cancelled, but Romans are helping each other through a national crisis
March 06, 2020
The Catholic Herald has learned new details regarding the Vatican’s response to the Coronavirus emergency, in the wake of a confirmed case inside the walls of Vatican City
March 05, 2020
It was all couched in the most cordial terms. But last weekend there occurred an exchange of letters which, in Vatican terms, was the closest thing to “pistols at dawn” since Archbishop Viganò and Cardinal Ouellet exchanged pleasantries in the papers last year. The letters concerned the Vatican’s 2018 arrangement with mainland China regarding episcopal
March 05, 2020
There was a “meeting point” at the Holy See press office last week to present the Vatican’s new “task force” for helping bishops’ conferences and religious orders craft abuse policy. Briefly, what journos in attendance learned was that a coterie of experts – not named – will be coordinated by Andrew Azzopardi, an experienced Maltese
March 03, 2020
The International Theological Commission published a paper on Tuesday tackling what the ITC theologians involved in the colloquies consider to be a thorny issue that could bear on the validity of marriages, especially those among so-called “baptized non-believers”.
February 28, 2020
The remarks Pope Francis prepared for Thursday’s penitential liturgy at Rome’s cathedral archbasilica of St John Lateran are tempting to tea leaf-readers. One may resist that temptation, however, and still glean from his prepared remarks some not insignificant insight into the mind of Francis the governor of the universal Church. The reflection was chock-full of
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