Recent Editorial

  • Australian Bishops identify priorities for Episcopal Conference

    Jun 19, 2021

    The Catholic Church of Australia has identified three priorities the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference must pursue: Formation, Becoming More Missionary and Promoting Collegiality. The priorities emerged from the ACBC Plenary Assembly, held virtually from May 6-13 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  • A Church in constant need of reform

    Jun 12, 2021

    Although Pope Francis remained silent on abuse during the first year of his pontificate, he accelerated the institutional response to the crisis in 2014. He has been even more determined to do so since 2018 and, in February 2019, held an extraordinary summit in the Vatican.

  • Bring Jesus to a world where the thirst for God is less and less

    Jun 12, 2021

    The Church cannot be content with just “the usual little group [that] meets to celebrate the Eucharist. The procession with the Blessed Sacrament – a hallmark of the feast of Corpus Domini, yet one that, for the moment, we cannot celebrate – reminds us that we are called to go out and bring Jesus to others. We need to enlarge our hearts. We need to break out of our tiny self-enclosed space and enter the large room, the vast expanse of wonder and adoration,” said Pope Francis.

  • The earth is sitting in a wheelchair!

    Jun 05, 2021

    Pope Francis met climate activist Michael Haddad during his General Audience June 2 with pilgrims in the Vatican’s San Damaso Courtyard.

  • The cedar connected the Earth 10,000 years ago

    Jun 05, 2021

    Climate activist Michael Haddad brought two gifts for Pope Francis. The first was the branch of a cedar tree, a symbol of his homeland, Lebanon, a country which Pope St John Paul II called “a message.”

  • The most important global project since Vatican II

    May 28, 2021

    In the ninth year of his pontificate, Pope Francis launched an ambitious threeyear worldwide “synodal process” (2021-2023). It will culminate in October 2023 in Rome with the XVI ordinary general assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

  • Stop indulging Israel

    May 28, 2021

    Donald Trump’s America-first foreign policy was a policy of snubbing allies, coddling dictators and turning the State Department into an agent of the US arms industry.

  • A good shepherd who can unite Hong Kong Catholics

    May 22, 2021

    This is excellent news indeed: Fr Stephen Chow Sauyan, provincial of the Chinese Province of the Society of Jesus, is the new bishop of Hong Kong.

  • Francis’ new ministry of catechist may help shrink the clergy-laity gap

    May 22, 2021

    Pope Francis on May 11 promulgated Antiquum Ministerium, creating a formal, installed (instituted) ministry of catechist

  • Eucharist weaponised for political ends — this must not happen!

    May 08, 2021

    In the six months since the 2020 election, a growing movement has emerged in the Church in the United States that calls upon the nation’s bishops to publicly exclude President Joseph R Biden and other Catholic public officials from the Eucharist.