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Editorials
August 01, 2021
The Catholic Herald
Pope Benedict lived up to his title of pontifex, or bridge-builder, when he allowed the wider use of the Tridentine rite – more properly the Extraordinary Form of the Mass – in the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum of 2007. There has been 13 years for this concession to advance its stated aim: to foster reconciliation
May 01, 2021
The Catholic Herald
The Queen, in the loss of her husband, has the great consolation of every Christian: the resurrection of the dead.
May 01, 2021
The Catholic Herald
Pentecost this year falls on 23rd May.
May 01, 2021
The Catholic Herald
The funeral of HRH Prince Philip, late Duke of Edinburgh, was celebrated with superb dignity in the sunshine at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
May 01, 2021
The Catholic Herald
Catholic education needs a radical return to its roots
April 24, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
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 16, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
All we know for sure is that he is no longer Bishop of Crookston, after some investigation and "determination" -- and that he says he will “move out of state to a warmer climate.”
March 14, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
...an exercise of brute force clothed in a gossamer administrative fig-leaf, with implausible reason given — raising questions of the true motive — ill-considered, ad hoc, juridically slapdash at best,...
March 12, 2021
The Catholic Herald
Pope Francis’s recent visit to Iraq has been called “courageous” as well as “reckless”  — but little in between. He described himself on the journey as “a pilgrim of peace” bearing a message of fraternity. Whatever else it was, the visit was certainly historic. Here, in one place, from start to finish, is all the
March 08, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
He went not just to proclaim Christ, but to proclaim our dependence upon Christ, in the face of suffering that can't be swept away.
January 21, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
Mr. Biden will not help hasten the defeat of the reactionary political extremism that poisons the soul of the nation by catering to the political demands of those at the other extremity of the body politic.