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August 04, 2021
Melanie McDonagh
Melanie McDonagh on how the Vatican Trial of the century highlights the injustice to Cardinal Pell
July 30, 2021
The Catholic Herald
The US Bishops’ Conference is to issue a teaching document “on the beauty and power of the Eucharist”.  It is overdue. In 2019, a Pew survey suggested that barely a third of US Catholics believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. This is a scandal, evidence of a failure of grassroots catechisis,
June 28, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
Maybe the bishops should make an example of the President of the United States. Maybe they ought to name him and shame him as the Dissenter-in-Chief, the bully champion of his political party’s mad promotion of so-called “abortion rights” and insane addiction to the big cheques of the abortion interest. Perhaps they ought to excommunicate the lot of ’em. Maybe. It doesn't matter. They aren’t going to.
June 01, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
The whole ecclesiastical leadership culture has to change: not in a sentimental, “caring about the victims” way, either. Caring about the victims is a bare minimum, a baseline requirement, the measure of which is in its effects. That means the culture needs to change in practical, nuts-and-bolts ways.
June 01, 2021
The Catholic Herald
The story of St Thomas still resonates, over 850 years after his death.
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
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.
January 01, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
If Cardinal Parolin and Archbishop Gallagher are clear-eyed regarding the terms of their arrangement, so is Cardinal Zen in his estimation of its effect.
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