SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Christopher Altieri

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March 15, 2018
There's a significant turnover of lay staff, but career clerics stay in position
March 15, 2018
A trial of two former Vatican bank officials is looming, and with it, a question: is the Vatican able to bring its financial house into some semblance of order? The first hearing in the case was slated for Thursday, but was postponed at the last minute upon request from defence attorneys and lawyers for the
March 12, 2018
This could be his last chance for proper reforms to the Curia
March 08, 2018
Papal allies constantly urge Pope Francis to remove the cardinal. But he has good reasons not to
March 08, 2018
‘Carefully outspoken’ is the best description of the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (CDW), Cardinal Robert Sarah. Throughout his tenure in the department of the Roman Curia responsible for overseeing the Church’s liturgical life, the 72-year-old Guinean has made headlines with his parrhesia – his frank talk
March 07, 2018
Voters were divided and Catholic lists did worse than expected
March 02, 2018
Why did a request from Pope Francis throw a respected American Catholic charity into crisis?
March 01, 2018
The document is an 'explainer' that takes down heresies
March 01, 2018
A dispute between US cardinals and wealthy supporters of a major Catholic philanthropic organisation emerged publicly last week. Leaked documents published by LifeSiteNews showed the prelates pushed through an extraordinary $25 million in financial assistance to a scandal-ridden and failing Roman hospital, at Pope Francis’s behest and over the objections of laymen on the board
February 28, 2018
Pope Benedict's decision shocked the world. But was it the right thing to do?
February 22, 2018
The former chief sex crimes prosecutor for the Catholic Church, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, was in New York this past weekend on special assignment. He went to interview Juan Carlos Cruz, a Chilean man who alleges that Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Chile, witnessed the abuse Cruz and others suffered at the hands of
February 10, 2018
At this point, there are only four possible explanations for what happened to a crucial letter