Recent Editorial

  • Vatican conference urges church to abandon just war theory

    May 02, 2016

    Facing a horrible, violent death, Jesus taught the first leaders of his church to respond to violence with peace.

  • The Francis Gaze

    May 02, 2016

    One of the parlor games of Catholic philosophers is placing a philosophical tag on the thought of various popes.

  • The ecclesiology behind Amoris Laetitia

    Apr 22, 2016

    Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on love in the family, Amoris Laetitia, is a landmark document in the history of modern papal teaching in how it approaches the hot-button issues of marriage and sexuality and, even more so, in its vision of the Church.

  • Pope Francis says media misses the real family crisis in coverage of communion and divorce

    Apr 22, 2016

    Pope Francis has said that the family is in crisis, and that is a much bigger issue than communion for the divorced and remarried. He suggested the news media had focused too much on the latter issue during the synod and in coverage of his recent document on the family.

  • Companies and bad apples

    Apr 22, 2016

    To a Catholic observer, the continuing revelations about the practices of big companies have been painfully familiar.

  • Pope promotes radical tenderness

    Apr 15, 2016

    The first question the document poses to the reader is less about what it says than about what is going on within it. Recognising its shape helps to i

  • The Church must integrate, not exclude, Catholics in ‘irregular situations'

    Apr 15, 2016

    In his post-synod apostolic exhortation on the family, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), Pope Francis not only strongly affirms the traditional Christian ideal of marriage, he also opens doors to the progressive integration into the life of the church of those Catholics who can only participate in it now “in an incomplete way” because they are either civilly married, living together or divorced and remarried.

  • An Organic Development of Doctrine on family!

    Apr 15, 2016

    At a Vatican press conference to present Pope Francis’ new exhortation on the family, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said there is “an organic development of doctrine” in “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”) when compared to a similar text, “Familiaris Consortio,” written by St. John Paul II after the 1980 Synod on the Family.

  • When did we confuse freedom of speech with the freedom to be rude?

    Apr 08, 2016

    I grew up in a society where there were some words that were never spoken — in front of women, in front of children, in public, at a dinner table, in a professional setting, on a telecommunications programme of any kind.

  • Francis breaks speed record on Instagram

    Apr 08, 2016

    Pope Francis has broken the record for the shortest amount of time for an Instagram account to gain one million followers, eclipsing the mark held by football star David Beckham.