Analysis and Comment

Theologians get tough with Germany’s bishops over Church reform Comments 0

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Theologians in Germany were recently invited to speak to the nation’s Catholic hierarchy about the clergy abuse crisis and they used the rare opportunity to chastise the more than 60 bishops for being too slow in pushing for major Church reform. The theologians were given an entire “study day” to address the German Bishops’ Conference Read more

This is our home Comments 0

Monday, April 8th, 2019
home

Vibrant flowers gild the gates of the Christchurch mosques, each bouquet laid with trembling hands, representing a beautiful solidarity amidst a heart-rending grief. “This is your home,” wrote a Wellington artist, and “you should have been safe here.” But the flowers will, eventually, wither away. It is up to us to make sure that when Read more

Letter for life to Pope Francis Comments 0

Monday, April 8th, 2019
Letter for life

Tēnei te mihi ki a koe a Pāpā Werahiko, te kaihautū o te waka o te Hahi Katorika,kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi. Greetings to you Pope Francis leader of the Catholic Church. I write to you in light of a call from the global campaign organisation Avaaz, Letters for life on Read more

Solutions needed for whole Church, not just Rome Comments 0

Thursday, April 4th, 2019
Cardinal Marx

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, visited La Croix for an interview. A member of Pope Francis’ advisory council of cardinals, he reflects on the crisis that the Church is currently experiencing. How to do you see the crisis that the Catholic Church is experiencing today? Since Vatican II, we have asked ourselves how the Church Read more

Young Catholics – the church of now Comments 0

Thursday, April 4th, 2019
church of now

In the central rotunda of Keating Hall on the campus of Fordham University, there is a unique statue that is often overlooked by the the busy students and faculty who walk by on the way to class. The statue depicts Jesus at 18, the average age of an incoming college student. According to Aloysius Hogan, Read more

Is Pope Francis naive in pursuing dialogue with Muslims? Comments 0

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Amir Jajé, an Iraqi Dominican friar (pictured) is a member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. He defends Pope Francis’ approach to the Muslim community from accusations of being “naïve” and holds that “dialogue is the only way if we are to be true to Christ.” That the pope is extending a hand to Read more

Hospitalised for depression. Faith helped me remember how to live. Comments 0

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

When the Dean of the Washington National Cathedral and I were conspiring about when I might speak, I think he mentioned Feb. 3 as a possibility. A sermon by me on that date would have been considerably less interesting because I was, at that point, hospitalized for depression. Or maybe it would have been more Read more

Christmas Remembered Comments 0

Monday, April 1st, 2019
Christmas

In a writing class, people were recording childhood memories of a festive family occasion. Many writers chose Christmas. A Jewish woman described her father keeping the rabbi talking at the door, while mother and children pushed the Christmas tree out of the living room and into the garage. Another story came from a man who Read more

Is Archbishop Wilton Gregory the right man for Washington? Comments 0

Monday, April 1st, 2019
washington

It’s (almost) official: Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta will be appointed the next Archbishop of Washington, according to Ed Condon of the Catholic News Agency. The office has technically been vacant since the last archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, resigned in October. Wuerl had been damaged by claims that he covered up sex abuse in his previous diocese Read more

Open letter to Cardinal Reinhard Marx Comments 0

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Your Eminence, I noted with interest your recent announcement of a “binding synodal process” during which the Church in Germany will discuss the celibacy of the Latin-rite Catholic priesthood, the Church’s sexual ethic and clericalism, these being “issues” put on the table by the crisis of clerical sexual abuse. Perhaps the following questions will help Read more