Recent Editorial

  • Indissolubility of marriage

    Sep 17, 2015

    The Holy Father’s attempts to reconcile the indissolubility of marriage, divine teaching that cannot be changed, with the current judicial process in force by which a party to a marriage or both parties request a Tribunal to determine whether in fact their relationship is indeed a valid marriage.

  • Marriage validity still hard to judge

    Sep 17, 2015

    Major reforms in the way the Catholic Church deals with broken marriages, announced this week, should go some way towards reassuring those who feared Pope Francis was weakening the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage.

  • Francis’ annulment changes stress prompt decisions, power of local bishops

    Sep 17, 2015

    Pope Francis has substantially and significantly altered the process for those seeking annulments of marriages in the Catholic Church, eliminating sometimes lengthy and redundant judicial procedures and empowering local bishops to make judgments on their own in “particularly evident” cases.

  • Francis: “I am coming to the US to be close to the people”

    Sep 11, 2015

    “I am coming to the United States to be close to the people and to help them along their life’s journey.”

  • Pope preparing for America

    Sep 11, 2015

    Pope Francis, in his televised virtual audience on ABC News’s 20/20 on Friday September 4, gave a clear indication that he is not only prepared for the task ahead, but is also fine tuning his message of comfort and personal kindness that bespeak a “Shepherd of Souls.”

  • No one separated from love of God

    Sep 11, 2015

    With his visit to the United States not far off, a less courageous man than Pope Francis would have kept quiet concerning abortion — one of the issues that has dominated Church-state relations there for a generation.

  • Pope Francis: forging a legacy

    Sep 04, 2015

    Pope Francis has been Bishop of Rome for only two and a half years. In this relatively short period of time he has been incredibly successful in reigniting the hopes and enthusiasm of reform-minded and self-described Vatican II Catholics.

  • Francis’ day to pray underlines priority for environment

    Sep 04, 2015

    September and October will be crucial in Pope Francis’ mission to Church and world. He had earlier declared the first of September an annual day to pray for the care of Creation.

  • Listen and proclaim the good news

    Sep 04, 2015

    He put his fingers into the man's ears, and he spat and touched his tongue; and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened." And the man's ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.

  • Stewardship or ecological virtue?

    Aug 27, 2015

    There’s a striking absence of ‘stewardship’ language in Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si’. The term, which often features heavily in faith-based calls for environmental concern, accounts for just two of approximately 42,000 words.