Analysis and Comment

Pope Francis keeps his promise to Asia Comments 0

Monday, November 18th, 2019

As Pope Francis prepares to embark on his fourth trip to Asia in the seventh year of his pontificate, he is delivering in a big way on the promise he made shortly after his election that he would make Asia a key focus of his papacy. When he appointed Filipino Cardinal Luis Tagle as head Read more

Pope owes poor better understanding of markets Comments 0

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Galileo ran afoul of the Inquisition in 1633 when he was found “vehemently suspect of heresy.” His heresy? Declaring the heliocentric view of the solar system: that the earth revolves around the sun. His punishment was lighter than many others who faced the Inquisition. He was “only” sentenced to house arrest until his death in Read more

Declining baptisms: Rethinking spirituality of Baptism Comments 0

Monday, November 18th, 2019

The great doorway to growing in the Christian faith is narrowing from year to year in Quebec as baptisms have significantly declined in since 2012 and there’s no indication the trend will reverse. Confronted with a shift away from traditional practices of transmitting the faith in childhood, leaders in the Quebec church are rethinking how Read more

New head of Vatican’s economy office needs pope’s strong backing to succeed Comments 0

Monday, November 18th, 2019

When Father Juan Antonio Guerrero was announced as the new head of the Secretariat for the Economy, a collective ‘huh?’ could probably be heard across Rome. The Spanish Jesuit is not a Vatican veteran and has only been in Rome for about two years, where he oversaw the various Jesuit institutions located in and around Read more

The gentle touch Comments 0

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

There is a story about Mary, that she was stitching a cloth for the tabernacle when Gabriel visited her. Maybe. Maybe not. She could have been sweeping the floor. Or grinding corn for a meal. Those activities can also be sacred. We are reminded of times when God has been manifest in simple household tasks. Read more

Has the pope missed an opportunity in Thailand? Comments 0

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

In many ways Pope Francis is following in the footsteps of his great travelling predecessor St. John Paul II in his apostolic visits to Thailand and Japan. The first Asia trip of St. John Paul II in 1981 included Japan, and in 1984 he visited Thailand. But the comparison appears to end right there — Read more

Are conservative ‘blowhards’ to blame for Christianity’s decline? Comments 0

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Americans are becoming less and less religious and one New York Times columnist has found the culprit: the religious, conservative “blowhards” who “have entangled faith with bigotry, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia,” or, in other words, the religious, conservative Americans who support President Trump. Churches are empty, in part, because “for some young people, Christianity is Read more

Hong Kong crisis pits Catholic students against Catholic leader Comments 0

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Edwin Chow, 20, a native of Hong Kong, is in his third year of university, where he’s studying government and international studies. But over the past year, has likely learned as much about both subjects in the streets of his home city as he has in the classroom. Since June, Catholics like Chow, along with Read more

Common-good serves people not the market Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Citing encyclicals from the church’s canon of social teachings for authority, Republican Senator, Marco Rubio last week outlined a political economy that he called “common-good capitalism.” Rubio argued from a basis in Catholic social teaching that businesses should be obliged “to act in the best interests of the workers and the country that made their Read more

Has denying Communion lost its political luster? Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019

When Catholic bishops threatened to deny Communion to then-presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004 over his abortion stance, the ensuing media frenzy was described as “haunting” the Democrat’s campaign for months. But this year, when Vice President Joe Biden was denied Communion at a Catholic church in South Carolina for roughly the same reasons, coverage Read more