Recent Editorial

  • Clericalism? No! Priestliness? Yes!

    Nov 19, 2023

    The word so often repeated, always, rightly, with scorn — at the recently completed synod, was clericalism. This tumour on the Mystical Body of Christ was frequently anathematised by many, from Pope Francis on.

  • The man in the window, and the world beyond

    Nov 19, 2023

    Pope Francis is going to Dubai next month to attend COP28, the latest of a long string of annual United Nations Climate Change Conferences that first began in 1995.

  • Editor’s Note

    Nov 10, 2023

    The recently published Synthesis Report at the conclusion of the 16th General Assembly of the Synod on Synodality heralds a Church that seeks to be more inclusive and responsive to the world’s pressing challenges.

  • The month in which Francis sought to change the Church

    Nov 10, 2023

    With the first session of the Synod assembly on the future of the Church now over, here is an assessment of the historic gathering that discussed subjects previously considered taboo.

  • Editor’s Note

    Nov 03, 2023

    As the final curtain descended on the inaugural session of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, it dawned upon us that an exceptional moment had unfolded in the life of the Catholic Church. This was further accentuated with a resounding message delivered to the “People of God

  • Africa had biggest increase in Catholics while numbers fell in Europe

    Nov 03, 2023

    New data from the Vatican show that Africa added the greatest number of Catholics in 2021 out of all the continents, and that all the world’s continents, registered at least a modest increase in the number of Catholics in 2021 — except for Europe, which continued a years-long decline.

  • Editor’s Note

    Oct 27, 2023

    The Kuala Lumpur Archdiocesan Pastoral Assembly (APA) held on October 14, has ignited a profound and thought-provoking reminder about the pressing need for leadership and succession planning. This imperative was one of the key findings that emerged from the Parish Pastoral Assemblies (PPA) conducted during 2022-2023 and the 2021 Synodal Journey.

  • The Synodal Church on a missionary journey

    Oct 20, 2023

    Our hearts burn — The disciples at Emmaus were downcast. They had placed their hopes on Jesus and now Jesus was dead.

  • May new life emerge out of the messiness of this synod process

    Oct 13, 2023

    The Synod on Synodality is awkwardly named, expressive of a reality that is lightly modelled in the past while being described as a journey in the present, a process in formation even as it is being used.

  • Developing the voice of the laity

    Sep 29, 2023

    The synodal listening sessions opened the door to hearing the voice of the laity in a new way, as parishes across the world were asked to share their stories, hopes, and disappointments about living within the Catholic Church in order to guide where it goes next.