Posts Tagged ‘church authority’

Opinion: Lessons from the world’s last dictators

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
Michael Kelly SJ

It’s frequently observed that the only three remaining absolute monarchies/dictatorships left in the world are Saudi Arabia, North Korea and the Vatican. But the parallels that are of more powerful significance are those between the Vatican, Vietnam and China, both in terms of their governance and the current state of their political lives. All are Read more

Back-pedalling on Vatican II

Friday, October 12th, 2012

As my recently deceased spiritual guide, Peter Steele, would never tire of saying: ‘There are only two conditions in the spiritual life — you’re either growing or you’re dying.’ What makes for spiritual growth? In my childhood and adolescence, it was all about going to Sunday Mass, confessing your sins once a month at least, going Read more