Recent Editorial

  • Five lessons from Scripture for parents

    Jun 24, 2016

    The Bible is not a handbook on parenthood, or morality, or any number of other things for which handbooks are perfectly suitable.

  • Next Stop Cairo?

    Jun 18, 2016

    When will Pope Francis go to Cairo? That is the question now being asked in Rome following the invitation given by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar during their historic meeting in the Vatican on May 23.

  • Francis is reforming Roman Curia by circumvention

    Jun 17, 2016

    Pope Francis has begun another round of meetings with his Council of Cardinals (C9), a special advisory group he formed just a month after becoming Bi

  • Career secretaries of recent popes

    Jun 13, 2016

    John Paul II elevated his personal secretary, Stanis?aw Dziwisz, to the episcopate in February 1998, when he appointed him Adjunct Prefect of the Papal Household.

  • Gentleman secretary of Pope John XXIII

    Jun 13, 2016

    Cardinal Loris Francesco Capovilla died on May 25, 2016, at the age of 100.

  • Monarchy or Diarchy?

    Jun 13, 2016

    There was yet another hubbub a couple weeks back about the Third Secret of Fatima, one that involved former pope Benedict XVI with claims that he did not reveal all of the secret — claims that set Fatima devotees abuzz and forced the former pope himself to deny the assertions.

  • Benedict not Pope-emeritus

    Jun 03, 2016

    The former pope’s personal secretary and housemate, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, recently made the unbelievable claim that Benedict XVI never really abdicated the Petrine Ministry when he resigned.

  • Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar

    Jun 03, 2016

    I was impressed by the meeting between Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyib.

  • The Pope at the service of peace

    Jun 03, 2016

    "Seek and strive after peace,” says a line in Psalm 34. This would have been a perfect episcopal motto for Pope Francis, had he not already taken, long ago, miserando atque eligendo, a clunky phrase that basically expresses his belief that it was only through God’s mercy that God chose him to be a bishop.

  • Pope Francis on Islam

    May 26, 2016

    I really like to see, amidst the populist appeals of many politicians to the lowest — the very lowest — common denominator in humanity, that a public figure has the courage to talk sense about religion.