Recent Editorial

  • Deciding not to decide… for now

    Feb 23, 2020

    In his new apostolic exhortation on the Church in the Amazonian region, Pope Francis has refused a request by bishops at last October's Synod assembly to formally approve the ordination of married priests and women deacons.

  • Virus crisis gives the Church a chance to shine

    Feb 16, 2020

    Infection and death rates of the China-born respiratory coronavirus continue to accelerate, with the latest count at 910 deaths and 40,536 people infected across mainly Asia, although the virus is spreading and has been confirmed in 28 countries.

  • Xi Jinping absolves himself, but critics demand he leave

    Feb 16, 2020

    "The prevention and control of infection" requires "a commitment based on the law, which is scientific and orderly". Thus, Chinese President Xi Jinping said yesterday at a meeting of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on governance.

  • For the love of the Word: Sunday of the Word of God

    Feb 07, 2020

    Pope Francis has been acclaimed by the world largely for his moral leadership. Welcoming migrants and refugees, caring for the earth, prioritising engagement with the poor and listening to victims of abuse have been the hallmarks of his pontificate.

  • China to govern the Church?

    Feb 07, 2020

    Communist China has accelerated its policy of “sinicisation” of religions, with the implementation of a new set of crippling rules which Christian leaders say spell danger for their people, particularly for underground Catholics.

  • China bans Christian funerals

    Feb 07, 2020

    Christian funerals have been banned in some areas of China as the communist government begins to enforce a set of restrictive regulations on religious practices.

  • First ‘Year of the Word’ roadshow in Westminster Cathedral

    Feb 07, 2020

    Westminster Cathedral recently celebrated 'The Year of the Word' by hosting the first leg of the Scripture Road Show, a unique event which is travelling to dioceses across England and Wales throughout 2020.

  • Episcopal foundation is the basis for papal office

    Jan 22, 2020

    Many today are unaware that the Second Vatican Council actually gave very little direct attention to papal reform.

  • The papal chapter

    Jan 22, 2020

    The chapter attributed to Pope Benedict is about 25 pages long, including a six-page reprint of the homily he gave at the chrism Mass in St Peter’s Basilica in March 2008 on the meaning of “being a priest of Jesus Christ,” specifically in standing in the presence of God and serving him. The homily did not mention celibacy.

  • Pope encourages a deeply troubled world not to lose hope

    Jan 17, 2020

    Early in his pontificate Pope Francis acknowledged that an essential part of his mission as Bishop of Rome is to confirm his brothers and sisters not only in the faith, but also in love and unity.