Two cheers for Archbishop Cordileone...
As much as I admire Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for challenging restrictions on the Church in San Francisco... As much as I applaud him for bringing our Eucharistic Lord out onto the streets of the city... As much as I thank him for taking the lead (when so many other prelates remain silent) in insisting that religious worship is “essential activity”...
Breaking form, Pope Francis “decapitates” a cardinal — and Becciu’s exile sets a monster Vatican precedent...
In a 2016 interview with his hometown paper, Pope Francis told La Nación one key to his governing style: "I don't cut off heads," he said. "I've never liked doing that." Yet now, the pontiff has done just that, effectively stripping one of his inner circle of the red hat in stunning, dramatic fashion. At 8pm Thursday in Rome, the Holy See Press Office slipped out a very late, one-sentence addendum to the noontime Bollettino...
Why is the ‘handmaid’ image so important in Amy Coney Barrett coverage?
The question for the week appears to be: Are you now, or have you ever been, a charismatic Catholic? In a land in which citizens are divided just as much by entertainment as they are by their religious and political choices, that question leads directly to cable television and a certain blue-zip-code hit focusing on, to quote IMDB, this story hook...
Why Cardinal Becciu’s resignation wasn’t surprising...
Pope Francis’ decision to accept the resignation of Cardinal Giovanni Becciu as prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints came as little surprise and considerable relief to those involved in trying to improve Vatican finances. Plenty of dubious Vatican financial cases have emerged in recent years, and often the Sardinian prelate’s name has been in some way connected with them — closely followed by his strenuous denials.
As a teen in the 1970s I was given a wimpy, “nice” Jesus. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I actually began to read the Bible and encountered God incarnate...
When I was a teenager in the 1970s Jesus was presented in less than flattering terms, at least from my standpoint as a young man at that time. The paintings and statues of that day presented Jesus as a rather thin, willow-wisp of a man, a sort of friendly hippie who went about blessing poor people and healing the sick...
There’s a virtue that only rich people can have. It’s called “magnificence” and it’s the habit of spending large sums of money well for the good of others...
To examine with Aristotle the various virtues is an eye-opening tour through the wonders of what it is to be human. For him the virtues are nothing but the ways of really living well, of living rationally with excellence. The virtue of magnificence is surprising. It is a habit of spending large sums of money well for the good of others. Particularly interesting is that it is possible only for the wealthy...
What you need to know about Amy Coney Barrett’s faith...
President Donald Trump will nominate Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, The New York Times reported Friday, kicking off what will be a furious scramble to confirm her before Election Day. Should Barrett be confirmed by the Senate, it would represent a third Trump appointment to the Supreme Court. It would also give the Supreme Court a solid 6-3 conservative majority.
Understanding Divine Providence in peace and joy...
In a recent commentary I suggested that a new Italian translation of the “Our Father” indicated a difficulty in accepting the comprehensive character of God’s will. “Lead us not into temptation” was changed to “do not abandon us to temptation” (see The frequency problem in liturgical translations). Now I would like to address this difficulty more broadly. In other words, I want to talk about Divine Providence.
Spanish ‘Hosts case’ — involving consecrated Hosts that were stolen and desecrated — reveals Europe’s internal divisions over human rights...
A Spanish association of Christian lawyers recently submitted a complaint of anti-Catholicism against the Spanish government at the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) over a highly controversial art performance involving stolen consecrated hosts in the Spanish city of Pamplona in 2015.
What Justice Scalia can still teach us...
Many of the news stories about the recently-departed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg have highlighted the fact that she and her late colleague Antonin Scalia shared a close friendship. Reporters often ask in bewilderment How could that be? How is it possible that an originalist and a progressive could share anything approaching civility, much less friendship? In our current me-versus-everyone-who-disagrees-with-me culture, it is important that we address that question.
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