Vatican Staring Down The Barrel of $158 Million Deficit

According to an internal Vatican analysis recently presented to Pope Francis for a meeting with his department heads, declines in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic will cause the Vatican’s annual deficit to balloon somewhere between 30 and 175 percent, depending on which of three scenarios, ranging from best to worst case, is realized. Under … Read more

Vatican Finance Guru’s Exit Suggests ‘Back to the Future’ Dynamic on Reform

It doesn’t take a genius-level systems analyst to conclude that Brülhart was simply fed up and decided to walk away. Logically speaking, it may be contradictory to call something both mystifying and utterly predictable, and yet that seems to be a near-constant when it comes to the Vatican’s handling of sensitive or potentially embarrassing news. … Read more

In Synod’s ‘Married Priests’ Debate, Someone Finally Names the Elephant in the Room

In a Synod of Bishops where priest shortages in the Amazon have been driving discussion of ordaining married men, the surprise really isn’t that someone finally noticed there’s another solution, one that doesn’t require changing the traditional criteria for getting a Roman collar. The only surprise, probably, is that it’s taken this long for someone … Read more

Is ‘Zero Tolerance’ To Much to Ask?

A ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy Towards All Forms of Sexual Harassment and Abuse — Regardless of the Victims’ Age — Should be the Standard for All Clerics  WHY was the 1917 Code of Canon Law Changed? Canon2359 § 2 and 3 of the 1917 Code of Canon Law stated: § 2 If an offense against the … Read more

It’s Clear Pope Francis ‘Owns’ This Synod

A Synod of Bishops is often described as the “Congress of the Catholic Church,” with the College of Cardinals being the Catholic Senate. Both comparisons are terribly inexact, beginning with the fact that neither Catholic body holds any real power because it’s all in the hands of the pope. Yet there are certainly parallels, beginning … Read more

After Decades of Left v. Right, Is It Now Bishops v. Everybody Else?

Moments of great crisis generally affect institutions in multiple ways, some of which are immediately evident and others that take longer to discern. Amid the clerical abuse scandals currently rocking Catholicism, it’s worth asking if one such long-term result is playing out before our eyes. To wit, are we seeing a redefinition of the traditional … Read more