Catholic and Vatican Affairs

The Biases of a Royal Commission

Abrief dip into Latin helps us understand how preconceptions can lead to biased judgments that falsify history—as they did when an Australian Royal Commission on sexual abuse recently impugned the

The Vatican’s Choice: Jimmy Lai or XI Jinping?

In mid-May, Chinese leader XI Jinping unveiled a plan to bypass Hong Kong’s legislature and impose draconian new “national security” laws on the former British colony. Putatively intended to defend

The Anatomy of a Pathology

Those who imagined that the sliming of Cardinal George Pell would stop as of April 7, when a unanimous decision of the High Court of Australia acquitted him of “historical

John Paul II’s Soviet Spy

Students of the Cold War’s dark arts know that Communist intelligence services deeply penetrated the Vatican in the 1970s. Yet few know that John Paul II, whose centenary will be

The Soul of Pope St. John Paul II

Editor’s note: The month marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II, born Karol Józef Wojtyła on May 18, 1920, in the Polish town of Wadowice. Throughout this

Joseph Ratzinger, Theological Reformer

As he turned 93 on April 16, Joseph Ratzinger remained one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented men of consequence in recent Catholic history. I doubt the Pope Emeritus minds;

The “Historic” Amazonian Synod, Revisited

Given that he was one of the principal planners and prominent leaders of last October’s special Synod on Amazonia, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, OFM, is understandably enthusiastic about the results of

After Cardinal Pell’s Rightful Acquittal

The unanimous decision by Australia’s High Court to quash Cardinal George Pell’s convictions on charges of “historic sexual abuse” and acquit him of those crimes was entirely welcome. Truth and

Embracing the Kind of Redeemer God Appointed

The Gospel readings of Lent remind us that opposition to Jesus and his mission frequently grew out of the desire for a redeemer who was more like what various characters

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