SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Christopher Altieri

June 20, 2020
Miscellaneous reminiscences The big news out of the Vatican on Saturday was Pope Francis’s addition of three titles for Our Lady to the Litany of Loreto. “This is,” a Dominican friend of mine noted, “actually pretty big news.” He’s not wrong. A very poor Catholic, I do not love Our Lady as I should, and
June 15, 2020
I don’t remember who was there, but it was a mix of seasoned beat reporters and young up-and-comers and I don’t quite recall what day it was, but it was either the presser for Vos estis lux mundi or the one a few months before that, presenting the four-day summit on child protection that took
June 07, 2020
The video turned my stomach, but the apple drawing made my heart sink. It was one of those “meta-” moments: a photograph of a drawing that was itself a metaphor. The picture captured the chalk rendering of a fruit in which a worm had made its home, and was captioned: “No good apples”. It was
June 05, 2020
Short takes on a dismal week On Facebook this Thursday, I misreported the release year of A Pope Francis Lexicon – an informative and often delightful volume by my colleagues on the Vatican beat, Cindy Wooden and Joshua McElwee – incorrectly stating that it came out six or seven years ago. The book appeared in January
May 31, 2020
The time in which a “national conversation” may be useful is quickly passing. “We are broken-hearted, sickened, and outraged to watch another video of an African American man being killed before our very eyes,” wrote seven US bishops on Friday, who chair committees within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “What’s more astounding,” they wrote,
January 01, 1970
December 28, 2020
Praedicate Evangelium "puts evangelization at the center of the Church, and of everything the Curia does,” but what will Pope Francis's reformed Curia actually be able to do?
December 26, 2020
Pope Francis led the traditional Marian devotion from the library of the Apostolic Palace - a concession to the emergency measures in place throughout Italy over the Christmas holiday.
December 23, 2020
The Calgary diocese says they not received any reports of any other positive Covid-19 cases from parishioners.
December 21, 2020
Pope Francis delivered his annual “State of the Church” address to high officials of the Roman Curia on Monday.
December 19, 2020
The desire to praise and the carrying about of our mortality – our death – with us: these are constants of nature after the Fall, and always come to us admixed almost indiscriminately.
December 11, 2020
The way Church authorities dealt with this case of adult abuse bears disturbing resemblance to the bad old days.
December 09, 2020
– Catholic Herald, Rome – The Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, was admitted to Rome’s Gemelli Hospital on Tuesday, where he was to undergo a scheduled surgical intervention related to an enlarged prostate. A statement from the Press Office of the Holy See on Tuesday explained that the 65-year-old Cardinal parolin was expected to
December 08, 2020
The Year of St Joseph will run from Tuesday, 8 December 2020, to Wednesday, 8 December 2021.
December 08, 2020
– Catholic Herald, Rome – Pope Francis visited Piazza di Spagna early Tuesday morning, to mark the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. It it a custom for popes to visit the square on December 8, for the crowning of the statue of Our Lady that stands atop a pillar by the square. That act of
December 08, 2020
"It gives us great hope," the Chaldean Patriarch said, "to hear [Pope Francis's] speeches and his encouragement to remain in our land."
December 07, 2020
Pope Francis has long desired to visit the sorely tried and suffering nation of Iraq.
December 01, 2020
The 62-year-old Bishop Fisher succeeds Bishop Richard J. Malone, who resigned late last year after more than 18 months of intense public scrutiny.