Recent Editorial

  • 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.

  • No one can be saved alone We all need one another

    Jan 06, 2023

    In his January 1, 2023 World Day of Peace message entitled No one can be saved alone. Combatting COVID-19 together, embarking together on paths of peace, Pope Francis challenges us to travel on new paths that allow us to cast off the chains of our old habits, and to be better prepared to dare new th

  • How was the Pope’s Christmas? As ever, it depends on who you ask

    Jan 06, 2023

    Christmas 2022 for Pope Francis was, alternatively, a disaster, a disappointment, a PR success or a pastoral bravura, all depending on the eye of the beholder. In reality, it may well have been all those things at once — a reminder, perhaps, of the complexity of the papacy, and why we should all co

  • Thankful for this year, looking forward to 2023

    Dec 24, 2022

    Merry Christmas! It is ‘merry’ because we have a God who continues to remind us that He is with us, even in our darkest moments: “The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen” (Matthew 4:16).

  • As long as we’re in the fire, we keep burning

    Dec 24, 2022

    In conjunction with the recently concluded golden jubilee celebration of the Malacca Johore Diocese, HERALD caught up with Bishop Bernard Paul for a quick chat. The interview is featured here.

  • Bishops suffer from damaged unity: But the Gospel shows how to resolve our disagreements

    Dec 16, 2022

    At the beginning of my service to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), I am reminded of the important role that the conference can play in facilitating the ministry of every bishop.