Catholic and Vatican Affairs

What Must Be Done In Dallas

Expectations for the bishops’ meeting in Dallas in mid-June have gone over the top. More journalists have applied for credentials than applied to cover the Pope’s last visit to the

A Saint from Richmond?

On All Souls’ Day last year, I accompanied several priests and students of Rome’sPontifical North American College to a Mass being offered at the college mausoleum in Rome’s great cemetery,

What Celibacy Is, and Isn’t

Today’s scandal-time has inevitably raised questions about the celibate priesthood. Most polls indicate that a significant majority of U.S. Catholics would not object to changing the practice of clerical celibacy.

From Scandal To Reform: (Part 4)

Over the past several months, as story after story of clerical misconduct filled the papers and the news broadcasts, I have thought time and again of the good priests I

From Scandal to Reform: (Part 3)

However grim the present circumstances may seem, many of the pre-requisites for a thoroughgoing revitalization of the priesthood in America are already in place Catholics have not abandoned their priests

From Scandal To Reform: (Part 2)

One of the reasons the Catholic Church in America finds itself embroiled in scandal and spiritual crisis is that we have not taken the O’Sullivan Principle seriously. Named for its

From Scandal To Reform (Part 1)

Every great period of reform in Catholic history has included a thoroughgoing reform of the priesthood and the episcopate. That was true of the early Middle Ages, when celibacy became

Mary: Ecumenical "Third Rail"?

Ever since the Catholic Church entered the modern ecumenical movement during the Second Vatican Council, Catholicism’s Marian piety and the doctrines of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption have been

After Twenty Years: A Jesuit Self-Critique

Twenty years ago, John Paul II took the unprecedented step of appointing a “personal delegate” to govern the Society of Jesus. It was an attempt at papal shock therapy, aimed

Real-World Peace

In his recent World Day of Peace message, John Paul II taught a truth many Catholics have seemingly forgotten: that “peace,” in the classic Catholic sense of the term, is

Onward And Upward

The world press continues to insist that he’s the “frail and failing Pope.” John Paul II seems to have other ideas about the future. On December 16, 2001, the Pope

Not Negotiable

Immediately after John Paul II received President Bush at Castel Gandolfo on 23 July, the spin-masters got to work — and made a hash of things. In his formal remarks,

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