Recent Editorial

  • Is 2020 already over for the Vatican?

    Jul 25, 2020

    “When the history of Pope Francis’ time as Bishop of Rome is finally written, there is a good chance that the Year of Our Lord 2020 will be recorded as the most important of his entire pontificate.”

  • Can religion hold a dialogue with communism?

    Jul 25, 2020

    An agreement China and the Vatican signed in September 2018 is nearing the end of its two-year term. Media reports suggest that the two sides will return to the negotiation table this month.

  • Felling statues raises deeper questions

    Jul 18, 2020

    The most evident aspect of burning, decapitating or drowning statues is that it is an expression of enthusiasm, and is enormously enjoyable for those who take part in it. It is a symbol of radical change, and channels anger at a resented past into joy at the inauguration of a new age.

  • Deadline looms for Vatican-China deal renewal

    Jul 18, 2020

    Officials of the Vatican and Communist-ruled China are just two months away from the end of the two-year-long deal they signed in September 2018 on bishops' appointments in China. Yet, they have reportedly not met since last November.

  • Against religious nationalism

    Jul 11, 2020

    In some countries a form of religious-cultural nationalism is back in vogue. Religion is exploited both to obtain popular support and to launch a political message that is identified with people’s loyalty and devotion to a nation.

  • The development of doctrine is fidelity in newness

    Jul 11, 2020

    Certain critiques of the current pontificate challenge the Second Vatican Council and end up forgetting the Magisterium of Saint John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

  • Pray for Hong Kong amid China crackdown

    Jul 04, 2020

    Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, has appealed to Christians and people of faith throughout the world “to pray for Hong Kong” following the imposition by China on June 30 of a new law “on safeguarding national security” in this special administrative region.

  • Diocese opposes Hong Kong security clampdown

    Jul 04, 2020

    The Diocese of Hong Kong has signed an open letter to the Chinese government demanding that the controversial new security laws being imposed by the mainland be pulled back.

  • Fear and loathing in Hong Kong

    Jul 04, 2020

    A climate of fear and confusion descended upon Hong Kong almost immediately after Beijing’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee took just 15 minutes to sign off on the biggest changes to the territory since the handover from Great Britain 23 years ago on July 1.

  • COVID-19 and the Clerical Church

    Jun 27, 2020

    If there’s something positive to have emerged from these many months of pandemic, it’s the constructive thinking going on about what it might mean for the Catholic Church. There’s a kind of collective and individual self-examination underway, perhaps exemplified best by Czech theologian Tomas Halik, who is a psychotherapist by training.