SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Christopher Altieri

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October 27, 2020
The exchange of letters is the most recent episode in a protracted tug o' war between the German bishops and Rome.
October 26, 2020
The Catholic Integrated Community first received recognition in the mid-late 1970s in Munich and Freising, and has recently been the subject of official Church scrutiny.
October 25, 2020
Eight new cardinal electors and five new members of the College without voting rights.
October 23, 2020
Controversy over papal support for civil unions continues without Vatican clarification
October 22, 2020
While the rest of the world is parsing the Pope’s precise language, a few questions are worth considering from a broader angle.
October 21, 2020
I’m dating myself, but I remember the 1988 vice presidential debate, in which Lloyd Bentsen savaged Dan Quayle in one of the great moments of verbal sparring in an electoral campaign. “Senator Quayle,” began Tom Brokaw, “I don’t mean to beat this drum until it has no more sound in it — but to follow
October 04, 2020
The eight chapters of Fratelli Tutti are a statement of Pope Francis's social thought, inspired by the Admonitions of the pope’s sainted namesake.
October 01, 2020
Vatican deficit smaller than last year, while struggles continue to implement reform, achieve transparency
September 30, 2020
The exchanges did not bring much clarity to the contours or the specifics of the national discussion, but they did send international editor Christopher Altieri casting about for disinfectant.
September 29, 2020
Eyes on Chicago. September 11 2020 saw the announcement of three new auxiliary bishops for the see, bringing the total number of active auxiliaries in the Windy City to eight. Chicago also has four retired auxiliaries – two of whom, Raymond Goedert and John Gorman, are north of 90 – making ChiTown very well served
September 29, 2020
There are three takeaways from the letter Cardinal Sarah sent last month, regarding pastors’ duties to the faithful during this persistent global health crisis: the law is the law; reality is reality; the Catholic way of standing mightily on principle is not incompatible with determination to muddle through. Signed on the Assumption and published with
September 29, 2020
Pope Francis has begun a new catechetical series during his weekly General Audiences, focused on Catholic social teaching. Announcing the series on August 5, the Holy Father invited the faithful around the world to reflect with him on pressing questions raised or brought into focus by the coronavirus emergency, “especially the social ills,” he said.