Recent Editorial

  • Women deacons and subsidiarity in a fragmenting Church

    Aug 25, 2016

    Nearly four weeks after the Vatican’s announcement of the commission on women deacons, we still do not know much about its agenda or schedule.

  • Commending Phoebe

    Aug 25, 2016

    “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchreae,” wrote St. Paul in the Letter to the Romans (16:1).

  • Time for critical reframing not restorationism

    Aug 25, 2016

    “In Australia, we seem to have reached a critical juncture. Not only are we afflicted by such things as the decline in Sunday worship, the fall in religious practices, the dearth of the priesthood and religious life etc

  • Olympics and religion

    Aug 19, 2016

    It's no secret that the Olympic Games bring together a diverse pool of people from different ethnicities and cultures — individuals who have divergent beliefs and lifestyles, particularly when it comes to the practice of faith and religion.

  • Francis, ISIS, and the crisis of Church and state

    Aug 19, 2016

    Pope Francis’ refusal to label the terrorist campaign of ISIS as a religious war caused by Islam continues to create controversy.

  • Corruption and calamity in Rio Games

    Aug 11, 2016

    The Rio 2016 Olympics has already earned a well-deserved label — the jogos da excludad, the games of exclusion.

  • Church secretaries should be a cheery voice at the end of the phone

    Aug 11, 2016

    A rather comic story has emerged on various internet sites about the Pope’s words describing Parish secretaries, uttered when speaking to the Polish bishops in a closed session, the transcript of which was later published by the Vatican.

  • Cardinal Tong rebuffs criticism on China-Vatican negotiations

    Aug 11, 2016

    Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong has defended China-Vatican negotiations as a win-win situation while rebuffing worries that the Holy See would give up church principles and sacrifice the underground church in exchange for successful negotiations.

  • The Pope’s programme at a glance

    Aug 05, 2016

    Soon after his arrival on July 27, Francis travelled to the Wavel Royal Castle, which was the seat of Polish kings until the end of the 16th century, 37 of whom were crowned in the Wawel Cathedral.

  • Francis goes to Poland amid extraordinarily tight security for WYD

    Aug 05, 2016

    Pope Francis set out for Poland on July 27, on his 15th foreign journey under extraordinarily tight security because of the recent terrorist attacks and blind violence in Europe, including an attack on a church and the killing of a priest in France on July 26.