Catholic and Vatican Affairs

Whose Bourgeois Morality?

In the latest round of debate over Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family, a fervent defender of the document sniffed at some of its critics that

The Catechism of the Catholic Church at 25

John Paul II called the Extraordinary Synod of 1985 to assess what had gone right and what had gone wrong in two decades of implementing the Second Vatican Council. In

The Transmigration of Theological Nonsense

During the Long Lent of 2002, Sister Betsy Conway, who lived in the Bostonian epicenter of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, spoke for many self-identified progressive Catholics when she told

Motown and the Turbocharged Church

Detroit hasn’t gotten a lot of good press in recent decades, as it’s struggled to cope with the myriad problems of rustbelt American cities in the age of globalization. But

Ecumenism, Influence-envy, Etc.

Defending the indefensible is never pretty. Or so we’re reminded by recent attempts from the portside of the Catholic commentariat to defend the madcap analysis of America’s alleged “ecumenism of

The Persecution of Cardinal George Pell

Let’s get the “full disclosure” out of the way up front: Cardinal George Pell and I have been friends for 50 years, and collaborators in different projects for 25. The

Why Did Pope Benedict Resign?

REVIEW: Last Testament—In his own words, by Benedict XVI with Peter Seewald; translated by Jacob Phillips, (London: Bloomsbury, 2016), 260 pp. US$24.00   In a recent interview, German journalist Peter Seewald

Ironies in the Fire: Catholicism and Modernity

On Saturday evening, April 29, 2017, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel delivered the fifth annual Edward Cardinal Egan Lecture, sponsored by the Magnificat Foundation, at the Union League Club

Let’s Not Make a Deal…at Least this Deal

Helping those who have broken away from the Catholic Church come back into full communion is a noble endeavor. But such reconciliations cannot be conducted as if they were the

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