Recent Editorial

  • Family Matters

    Oct 07, 2015

    Last month, Pope Francis surprised the Catholic world with two decrees aimed at streamlining the annulment process in the Church.

  • How the Pope used the environment to preach to the UN

    Oct 01, 2015

    Pope Francis, in his lengthy address, urged the assembly to adopt concrete solutions to address the problems of the day: climate change and pollution as well as human problems like poverty, religious persecution, and “economic and social exclusion.”

  • Ecological Humanism?

    Oct 01, 2015

    The encyclical Laudato Si’ is remarkable for the new topics it discusses, but its novelty lies, above all, in the way it approaches the main issue, ecology.

  • Will we listen to Pope Francis?

    Sep 24, 2015

    What effect might the Pope’s visit have on the United States? Will they listen to him or not? There are a number of barriers in the way of the US really hearing what the Pope says.

  • Refuse to have kids — make room for migrants then!

    Sep 24, 2015

    In a new, wide-ranging interview Pope Francis spoke at length of the European refugee crisis – saying that incoming migrants are now filling the void left by a sterile continent that refuses to have children.

  • It is the most substantial change to the Church’s marriage law

    Sep 17, 2015

    The Vatican announced the changes Tuesday, Sept 8 by releasing the two official documents, given the Latin names of Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus (“The Meek Judge, The Lord Jesus”) and Mitis et misericors Iesus (“The Meek and Merciful Jesus”).

  • 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.”