Posts Tagged ‘Catholicism’

National Catholic gatherings in Trieste and Indianapolis: A tale of two churches

Monday, July 22nd, 2024

In the same month of July, in the two countries I spend most of my time and I know best, the United States and Italy, Catholics held important national gatherings. Looking at them from a distance, not as an active participant, but knowing personally or professionally many of the speakers, has been an instructive experience Read more

If Catholicism were a corporation, we wouldn’t distribute priests like this

Monday, July 8th, 2024

A new report indicates that Spain leads the world in terms of the number of Catholic missionaries serving abroad, with almost 10,000 Spanish priests, nuns, and brothers working in Latin America and other corners of the world. It’s also in second place in terms of financial support for missionary activity. Such a commitment is obviously Read more

In defense of the “Normal Catholic”

Monday, June 17th, 2024

After the second time I appeared on CNN, an anonymous Twitter user tweeted at me: “What makes you so qualified to go on there talking about Catholicism?” The topic I had commented on? Having children. Me, a Catholic mother, seem imminently qualified to speak on such a thing, but still, this faceless follower without a Read more

Vatican II and the new wave of conservative Catholicism

Monday, May 13th, 2024
Conservative catholicism

On May 1, the Associated Press ran an interesting report on the return of conservative Catholicism in the United States. The nutshell of the article is this sentence: “Generations of Catholics who embraced the modernizing tide sparked in the 1960s by Vatican II are increasingly giving way to religious conservatives who believe the church has Read more

Global shift in Catholicism

Monday, May 13th, 2024
global shift

The controversies over the blessing of homosexual couples in Africa and Pope Francis’ diplomacy regarding Ukraine are evidence of a global shift happening in the Catholic world, that favors the global South. Catholics from the Old Continent must take this into account in a Church that has been, for centuries, led by Europe. Global shift Read more

Hot-button topics may get public attention at Vatican

Thursday, October 26th, 2023

High-ranking Catholics from across the globe have converged on the Vatican, where a landmark initiative is underway that will shape the future of the Catholic Church. Cardinals, bishops, priests and lay Catholics, both men and women, are meeting Oct. 4-29, 2023, as part of the Synod on Synodality: an effort Pope Francis launched in 2021 Read more

Blending your spirituality smoothie

Monday, August 21st, 2023

You know when you start to make a smoothie and everything is loud, the blender is shaking, and you think it’s about to explode? That was me at age five realising that my beliefs contradict each other. Growing up in a Māori Catholic family, I struggled to exist within two worlds. My spirituality has never Read more

Pope Francis and Catholicism according to the New York Times

Thursday, October 20th, 2022

These days, Catholic intellectuals open the op-ed pages of the New York Times with the same dread they once had for the threatening, unsigned editorials of the official newspaper of the Vatican, L’Osservatore Romano. Except that we’re not talking about condemnations emanating from the pope. Instead, the condemnations found in world beacon of the liberal Read more

Europe becoming a “mission territory” says Vatican cardinal

Thursday, October 28th, 2021
Europe becoming a "mission territory"

The head of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of People, and one of Asia’s most important Church figures says Europe is becoming a “mission territory.” On Thursday, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said, “We are really concerned, not only for Europe but for all the world, regarding evangelization.” Speaking with reporters during the presentation of Read more

Sting’s enduring Catholic imagination

Monday, August 23rd, 2021
Sting’s enduring Catholic imagination

Back in 2000, sociologist Andrew Greeley wrote a book called “The Catholic Imagination,” in which he looked at the enduring power of Catholic stories, images and sensibilities in shaping the experiences of artists through the ages — from the 16th-century Italian sculptor Bernini to the film director Martin Scorsese. Now there’s a new addition to Read more