Recent Editorial

  • Not winning the Nobel won’t affect Francis as a ‘Peace Pope’

    Oct 15, 2015

    Pope Francis has once again been passed over for the Nobel Peace Prize; it went to a quartet of Tunisian organizations that held the country together.

  • The challenge of walking together: Letter raises concern at synod

    Oct 14, 2015

    The synod is supposed to be a process true to the Greek roots of the word meaning "walking together." Perhaps more than a family feud, what happened in mid-October was a family walk. Anyone with a big family -- or even with just a couple very young members -- knows how hard it is to keep everyone moving at the same pace and on the same trail with no arguments over rest stops or detours.

  • Conference to mark 50 years since Nostra Aetate

    Oct 14, 2015

    On the 50th anniversary of the conciliar declaration “Nostra Aetate”, on the relationships between the Catholic Church and non-Christian religions. The congress will begin on Monday 26 October with greetings from Fr. Francois-Xavier Dumortier, S.J., rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, and with an introduction by Fr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.J., secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

  • Forum: Pope Francis and true mercy

    Oct 14, 2015

    Time and again, commentators, pundits, anchorpersons, and editorialists opined that Pope Francis is the bomb. They approved, of course, of his gentle way with those suffering from disabilities and his proclivity to kiss babies, but their approbation was most often awakened by this Pope's "merciful" and "inclusive" approach, his willingness to reach out to those on the margins.

  • Doctrines are not floated down to the Church

    Oct 07, 2015

    If this October is anything like last year’s, the press covering the Synod of Bishops will focus almost exclusively on homosexuality and the possibility of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receiving Holy Communion.

  • Family Matters

    Oct 07, 2015

    Last month, Pope Francis surprised the Catholic world with two decrees aimed at streamlining the annulment process in the Church.

  • How the Pope used the environment to preach to the UN

    Oct 01, 2015

    Pope Francis, in his lengthy address, urged the assembly to adopt concrete solutions to address the problems of the day: climate change and pollution as well as human problems like poverty, religious persecution, and “economic and social exclusion.”

  • Ecological Humanism?

    Oct 01, 2015

    The encyclical Laudato Si’ is remarkable for the new topics it discusses, but its novelty lies, above all, in the way it approaches the main issue, ecology.

  • Will we listen to Pope Francis?

    Sep 24, 2015

    What effect might the Pope’s visit have on the United States? Will they listen to him or not? There are a number of barriers in the way of the US really hearing what the Pope says.

  • Refuse to have kids — make room for migrants then!

    Sep 24, 2015

    In a new, wide-ranging interview Pope Francis spoke at length of the European refugee crisis – saying that incoming migrants are now filling the void left by a sterile continent that refuses to have children.