Pope Francis first five years, how successful? Comments 0

Thursday, March 15th, 2018
Pope Francis

As he enters the sixth year of his pontificate, Pope Francis is in good health, good spirits and sustained by that inner peace that came to him during the conclave and has never left him, according to sources close to the 265th successor of Peter. Many commentators around the world have sought to produce a Read more

Francis invites change, but we are the change Comments 0

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

There was a time in life when I wanted change and wanted it now. I still want things done now, but over the course of the years, I discovered that, at least where the church is concerned, I was looking for action in the wrong places. As Sean Freyne, the Irish theologian and Scripture scholar, Read more

Why pray if God knows what your going to say? Comments 0

Monday, March 12th, 2018

The movie Shadowlands is the story of C. S. Lewis and his wife Joy. At one point in the film, after finding out Joy’s cancer has gone into remission, one of Lewis’ friends says to him, “I know how hard you have been praying, and now God is answering your prayer.” Lewis, brilliantly played by Read more

Cardinal Wuerl’s pastoral plan on Amoris Laetitia points the way forward Comments 0

Monday, March 12th, 2018
Amoris Laetitia

Last weekend, Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl issued a pastoral plan on the implementation of Amoris Laetitia. This text makes an important step towards moving the church beyond the controversies generated by the document, controversies largely confined to the pages of the Catholic press, and focuses on what Amoris Laetitia is really about, revitalizing the church’s Read more

#MeToo Is it time for a cultural detox? Comments 0

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

The #MeToo movement, launched by activist Tarana Burke 10 years ago, went viral in October after actress Alyssa Milano and other prominent women publicized it, and after countless women (and a few men) published the hashtag on their social media pages to indicate that they had been sexually harassed or violated at some point in Read more

Māori need to do more for our Pacific cousins Comments 0

Thursday, March 8th, 2018
Māori pacific

As our Pacific Islands cousins face the unprecendented impacts of climate change, they are looking for allies who will support them by taking concrete actions to limit global warming to 1.5oC and will also rehome the now inevitable climate change refugees from low lying Pacific states. Those allies are precious few. Most nations are long Read more

This is what happens when helicopter kids grow up Comments 0

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Helicopter parents are really helpful to their kids in the short-term. They act like personal concierges who assist their kids with everything from sports equipment to science fair projects. They rescue their kids when they forget their soccer cleats and they chauffeur them from one activity to the next. Quite often, kids with that type of support are Read more

Selfishness is killing Liberalism Comments 0

Monday, March 5th, 2018

The death of liberalism constitutes the publishing world’s biggest mass funeral since the death of God half a century ago. Some authors, like conservative philosopher Patrick Deneen, of Why Liberalism Failed, have come to bury yesterday’s dogma. Others, like Edward Luce (The Retreat of Western Liberalism), Mark Lilla (The Once and Future Liberal), and Steven Read more

Five Years of Francis: The Keys to His Papacy Comments 0

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
five years of francis

Pope Francis has been a remarkable pontiff by almost any measure, one who may well rank among the most consequential in the long and colorful history of the papacy. That judgment might even be shared by his detractors, if for different reasons from those of his far more numerous supporters, who welcome Francis’ passionate promotion Read more

The time is 2 minutes to nuclear midnight Comments 0

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

“To call the world’s nuclear situation dire is to understate the danger and its immediacy,” warned Rachel Bronson, Ph.D., president of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Famous for their symbolic Doomsday Clock, the Bulletin’s highly respected scientists and 15 Nobel Laureate consultants recently moved the clock to two minutes before midnight – warning that Read more