Recent Editorial

  • Imagining the Church of tomorrow

    Jun 14, 2020

    A woman candidate for the archbishop of Lyon! Anne Soupa’s provocative declaration has Catholics talking. Some supporters are infuriated or consider it inappropriate.

  • The Vatican and the post-pandemic world order

    Jun 14, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic will have an impact on the world order and international relations, and of course also on the Catholic Church.

  • A promising roadmap for ecclesial reform

    Jun 07, 2020

    In response to the Royal Commission Report, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) instituted the Governance Review Project Team (GRPT). This team was tasked with crafting, “in light of Catholic ecclesiology,” a comprehensive response to the Royal Commission's critique of church governance.

  • Australian bishops’ report advocates major changes to Church governance

    Jun 07, 2020

    A new report commissioned by Australia's bishops and religious orders recommends a series of radical changes to the way the Catholic Church operates across the country, tackling issues as far-ranging as women's inclusion in decision-making roles and the Vatican's opaque process for making episcopal appointments.

  • The end of Hong Kong is being prepared

    May 31, 2020

    History is repeating itself in Hong Kong. After the SARS epidemic in 2003, attempts were made to introduce a national security law. Now as the coronavirus recedes the national security has been passed.

  • The destruction of biodiversity and COVID-19

    May 31, 2020

    In just four months, the very contagious novel virus that began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 has spread right around the world.

  • In time of temptation

    May 24, 2020

    The one thing the pandemic gives us apart from a disease is plenty of time and a lot of it on our own. And that allows us to remember when things were better and when they were worse.

  • Pandemic and freedom of religion

    May 24, 2020

    Followers of all religions have found themselves in an unprecedented situation because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, believers of the monotheistic faiths were unable to celebrate with their own communities in the time-honuored way the great feasts that fell in April: the Jewish Passover, the Catholic Easter, the Orthodox Easter, and Ramadan.

  • A Human Family in a Common Home

    May 17, 2020

    Support for the very poor, including refugees and people forcibly displaced amid the COVID-19 crisis, is both a global moral imperative and in the self-interest of better-off countries. Despite their responsibilities to their own citizens, developed countries have obligations to displaced people and the poor countries that host them.

  • Clericalist view of the sacrament prevails

    May 17, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has brought to light the great contributions contemporary Catholicism is making to humanity and the world.