Recent Editorial

  • What the Synod did

    Oct 30, 2015

    The Synod of Bishops on the Family, which gathered Catholic bishops and other participants from around the world to discuss issues related to the family, has just concluded.

  • Where were the voting women at the Synod?

    Oct 30, 2015

    To my mind, the Synod on the Family, no matter what the outcome of the Synod’s final report, or the Pope’s final statement, has been a resounding success.

  • Can the Synod succeed?

    Oct 22, 2015

    The 270 synodal fathers come from many different cultures and as a result have very different priorities and concerns, not to mention different cultural conceptions about family life.

  • It is the Bishops turn to be confused!

    Oct 22, 2015

    Midway through the general assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the family, confusion, if not chaos, reigns, to paraphrase a synod father. And in that confusion is fear, fear of uncertainty and the unknown.

  • Refuting the cardinals who oppose the Pope

    Oct 21, 2015

    don’t know what would bring people to say the things that they are saying because we are all hearing the Pope, and the Pope is saying nothing that contradicts the teaching of the Church.

  • Doctrinal challenges — How to proceed?

    Oct 15, 2015

    Fr Karl Rahner points us to three ways in determining how we could proceed with doctrinal challenges.

  • Communion for remarried divorcees is not the only issue being discussed

    Oct 15, 2015

    After some questions put to Pope Francis by the Synod fathers regarding the working method of the meetings.

  • Not winning the Nobel won’t affect Francis as a ‘Peace Pope’

    Oct 15, 2015

    Pope Francis has once again been passed over for the Nobel Peace Prize; it went to a quartet of Tunisian organizations that held the country together.

  • The challenge of walking together: Letter raises concern at synod

    Oct 14, 2015

    The synod is supposed to be a process true to the Greek roots of the word meaning "walking together." Perhaps more than a family feud, what happened in mid-October was a family walk. Anyone with a big family -- or even with just a couple very young members -- knows how hard it is to keep everyone moving at the same pace and on the same trail with no arguments over rest stops or detours.

  • Conference to mark 50 years since Nostra Aetate

    Oct 14, 2015

    On the 50th anniversary of the conciliar declaration “Nostra Aetate”, on the relationships between the Catholic Church and non-Christian religions. The congress will begin on Monday 26 October with greetings from Fr. Francois-Xavier Dumortier, S.J., rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, and with an introduction by Fr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.J., secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.