Focus

  • Food for Thought

    May 26, 2016

    Jesuit Father James Martin wrote on April 8, 2016, for America magazine about the "Top Ten Takeaways from 'Amoris Laetitia,'" the papal document on the family.

  • Scripture in the papal exhortation on families

    May 26, 2016

    Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation "Amoris Laetitia," or "The Joy of Love," is the result of the work developed at the two synods on the family that were held at the Vatican in 2014 and 2015.

  • ‘The Joy of Love’: Meeting today’s families

    May 26, 2016

    "No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love," Pope Francis writes in a major new document titled "The Joy of Love."

  • Food for Thought

    May 20, 2016

    Although the Catholic Church has an official list of virtues in the catechism, church leaders occasionally borrow some of them to emphasize certain desirable qualities, but also add to the list to help us live a life that follows the example of Christ.

  • Virtue in Scripture

    May 20, 2016

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us about virtues, defined as a "habitual and firm disposition to do the good. ... The moral virtues are acquired through human effort aided by God's grace; the theological virtues are gifts of God."

  • Why should we strive for a life of virtue?

    May 20, 2016

    Pope Gregory the Great once said, "The only true riches are those that make us rich in virtue.

  • Women deacons the solution to priestly power problem?

    May 20, 2016

    Would the Vatican have a woman Secretary of State? Could it? Not long ago, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin suggested there is nothing inherently clerical about his job.

  • How to be a pilgrim in Rome during the Jubilee of Mercy

    May 13, 2016

    This post reports some considerations for pilgrims to Rome during this Extraordinary Jubilee for the Year of Mercy.

  • After Amoris Laetitia, what’s next?

    May 13, 2016

    There may be the reaction to Pope Francis statements in The Joy of Love.

  • Who will bring forth Pope Francis’ vision

    May 13, 2016

    Pope Francis, with the publication of Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), has offered a broad and deep reflection on the myriad (and often messy) issues concerning marriage, the family and human sexuality.