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April 28, 2021
Charles Collins
The events in Ireland and Quebec are easily explained away as the Church just getting caught up in laws that are aimed at the general population. But another factor is at work: Ireland and Quebec are both flexing their muscles as post-Catholic societies.
April 05, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
When it comes to stepping on their own message, neither the pope nor the Vatican has need of the press corps’ help. This time, however, it's different.
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
John Cookson
Pope Francis was a man on a mission, says correspondent John Cookson in Baghdad on Monday morning. The question is: Did he succeed?
February 28, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
A Vatican City criminal court heard two days of frequently gruesome testimony last week, in the trial of two clerics: 28-year-old Fr. Gabriele Martinelli and 71-year-old Fr. Enrico Radice. Martinelli, a former student at the St. Pius X minor seminary in the Vatican, is charged with sexual abuse of a junior boy when Martinelli was
February 21, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
Most of the changes are technical and procedural, and – as my friend, John Allen Jr, rightly noted – are designed to dispel or at least mitigate the impression, general among Vatican insiders, that “Vatican Justice” is heavily weighted against defendants, who are typically laymen and laywomen or clergy of the lower ranks.
February 10, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
Pope Francis made some high profile appointments heading into last weekend, naming Sr. Nathalie Becquart and Fr. Luis Marín de San Martín as undersecretaries to the Synod of Bishops. Only, what does the appointment of a woman with full voting rights in the Synod really tell us about how Pope Francis governs the Church?
February 03, 2021
Charles Collins
US President Joe Biden may be Catholic, but he is pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, and pro-transgender rights, putting him at odds with the U.S. bishops, who have set up a task force for dealing with the new president -- and questions have been raised about how a meeting between Pope Francis and Biden might play out – and whether the pontiff will take a hard line with the president on life issues.
January 25, 2021
Ferdie Rous
Over a third of Biden's cabinet nominees may be Catholic, but it won't affect their politics, says Ferdie Rous
January 08, 2021
Matt Hadro/CNA
As Democrats already hold the House and White House, it is in the Senate that CNA's Matt Hadro sees pro-lifers' best chance to thwart pro-abortion policies.
December 28, 2020
Christopher R. Altieri
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 11, 2020
Christopher R. Altieri
The way Church authorities dealt with this case of adult abuse bears disturbing resemblance to the bad old days.