By Michael Bayer In my previous post, I looked at the context for understanding the Relatio post Disceptationem Okay, so now I know what’s at stake; what does the document actually say? Let’s go to […]
By Michael Bayer It’s been called an “earthquake,” a “bombshell,” and “a stunning change,” for the Catholic Church. Serious Vatican observers, unaccustomed to dalliance in hyperbole and unencumbered by social media’s obsession with instantaneous analysis, […]
By Bridget O’Brien
As a native daughter of Philadelphia, I’ve been following news of Francis’s planned trip there since it was more an assumption than a fact. That probably seems reasonable—it’s not every day the pontiff visits your hometown—but if I’m honest, it’s not Francis-mania that makes me scroll through pages of coverage. I’m excited about the pope . . . but the level of energy I’ve invested in following rumors of Francis’s impending visit to Philadelphia is not significantly lower than the energy I invest in rumors of friends’ spouses’ cousins’ visiting Philadelphia.
Philadelphians are obsessed with Philly.
On his first trip outside of Rome, Pope Francis did not visit a famous city to meet with significant dignitaries and political leaders. Instead, Pope Francis visited the island of Lampedusa off the coast of […]
By Gregory Hillis Eleven days after Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was elected as Pope John XXIII, Thomas Merton wrote the following words in his journal: “John XXIII seems to me to be a most wonderful Pope […]
Guest post by Nicole Perone Dear Pope Francis, First, let me say – I LOVE your work. That whole “back to basics” move from the hierarchical mumbo-jumbo to a “bruised, hurting, and dirty” “field hospital” […]
By Chris Hadley, S.J. “Nineveh is destroyed! Who can pity her? Where can one find any to console her?” (Nahum 3:7). “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and […]
By Meg Stapleton Smith The essence of my teaching has always had much less to do with concrete facts about faith, and much more to do with developing an interpersonal relationship with God. My goal […]
By Conor Kelly Five years ago yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI officially signed the most recent social teaching encyclical, Caritas in Veritate. This fact is itself significant because Caritas in Veritate would be seven years old […]
By Meg Stapleton Smith Lawrence, a city of 76,000 squeezed into about seven square miles, is an old mill city situated along the Merrimac River in Northeastern Massachusetts. Decrepit smokestacks and abandoned factories from the […]