Recent Editorial

  • The enduring moments of Pope Francis’ first 10 years

    Mar 10, 2023

    Moment by moment, sign by sign, and word by word, Pope Francis has defined his papacy in the 10 years since his election to the See of Peter.

  • Why can’t we live in peace?

    Mar 03, 2023

    The Pope himself, seated in the back row, watched the documentary and met at the conclusion with some of the documentary’s protagonists.

  • Natural vs Artificial Intelligence

    Feb 24, 2023

    The reaction to AI-generated ideas through such applications as ChatGPT (Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer) is no different from the reaction to the use of calculators in schools several decades ago.

  • “Tone at the Top” and the abuse of power in the Catholic Church

    Feb 24, 2023

    A few months ago, a book with an eloquent title was published: Heillose Macht — literally, “Power empty of salvation.” Many priests and laypersons, both Church employees and volunteers, relate here the abuse of power that they have personally suffered in the Catholic Church, which they have experienced “as a place of despotism and humiliation”.

  • Pope Francis is the world’s pastor

    Feb 24, 2023

    March 13, 2023 will mark the 10th anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. The first thing that distinguishes Pope Francis’ approach to the Petrine ministry is his pastoral sensibility.

  • Faced with evil, from one excess to another

    Feb 18, 2023

    The massive earthquake that rattled Turkey and Syria left a toll that is very high. More than 21,000 dead as I write these lines. That is just a provisional figure, to which we must also add thousands of injured and homeless people who must face the harshness of the climate.

  • Not of the world, but the world matters

    Feb 10, 2023

    Judging from the way people speak, from many articles in the Catholic press, and from a lot of homilies, Catholics as a whole aren’t so worldly in that second sense.

  • Who will step up to replace Cardinal Pell in defending the truth of the Catholic faith?

    Jan 20, 2023

    In his last years of life, the Australian prelate became one of the universal Church’s most prominent champions for doctrinal orthodoxy, a mantle others will need to carry forward following his departure.

  • A lesson in humility for the Church

    Jan 13, 2023

    A merciless irony of history. There is a risk that we will remember only one thing about Benedict XVI: his departure. With his “renunciation” in February 2013, the German pope had taken everyone by surprise.

  • ‘‘He did all things well”: Benedict’s former student reflects on his mentor

    Jan 13, 2023

    There was a time — it encompassed most of the 1980s — that Catholic publishers weren’t very interested in what the largely unknown Fr Joseph Ratzinger of Germany had to say about Christian morality, the mystery of the heart of Christ, the role of religion in post-Marxist Europe or, for that matter, any other topic.