George Weigel: Unity in What?

Among the many urgent questions raised by the Synods on the Family in 2014 and 2015 and the current Synod on Synodality — questions that will inevitably bear on the next papal conclave — is that of unity: in what, precisely, does the unity of the Church consist? What is the content of the “one” … Read more

Archdiocese of Baltimore Concludes Traumatic ‘Listening Sessions’ Around Restructuring Plan

Hundreds of Catholic residents of Baltimore packed the Cathedral of Mary, Our Queen on Tuesday evening to give their often-impassioned reactions to a process that could lead to the closure of two-thirds of the city’s parishes. Several parishes from the state’s largest city organized large contingents to attend the April 30 meeting, which was the … Read more

Spanish Bishop Can Condemn Biden’s Blasphemy – So Why Can’t Most U.S. Bishops?

President Joe Biden has come under fire for making the sign of the cross during a rally criticizing measures that restrict abortion. Among his critics are José Ignacio Munilla, the bishop of Orihuela-Alicante in Spain, who called Biden’s gesture a “sacrilege.” Biden went to Tampa, Florida, on April 23 for a campaign stop one week … Read more

Cupich Claims Synod’s Egalitarian ‘Conversations in the Spirit’ Can ‘Revolutionize’ the Church

A leading U.S. cleric is proposing the “conversation in the Spirit” methodology employed at last October’s Synod on Synodality assembly as a model for reforming the Church, placing particular emphasis on the method’s egalitarian nature. Speaking April 24 at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago said that the model for … Read more

Catholic Charities Using Taxpayer Money To Purchase Airfare For Illegals

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Antonio is denying recent accusations that it misused federal taxpayer funds by paying for migrants’ airfare. This comes after two South Texas members of Congress, Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat, and Rep. Monica de la Cruz, a Republican, accused the San Antonio Catholic relief group of an inappropriate … Read more

8 Ways to Resist Bad LGBT Policy at Catholic Colleges

Q. Do you have any advice for a parent who found out her child’s Catholic college is allowing biological men and women to room together if one or more of the students identifies as the opposite sex? St. Paul says in Ephesians, “Be angry but do not sin.” But he doesn’t say, “Don’t be angry!” … Read more

It’s Time to Remove Father Rupnik’s Art

While it is far short of the sort of justice that this case demands, we have reached beyond the point in the Father Marko Rupnik scandal when concrete steps must be taken to remove the disgraced artist’s ubiquitous mosaics from public display. Certainly, this is easier said than done. But that is a logistical discussion, … Read more

‘Open Borders’ Bishop Seitz Criticizes Texas’ Border Control Efforts

Bishop Mark Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso criticized a Texas law that increases the state’s role in deterring illegal immigration to the United States and denounced “anti-immigrant” rhetoric that he said is rising in the country’s two major political parties. Bishop Seitz, who chairs the Committee on Migration of the United States Conference … Read more

Assessing ‘Fiducia Supplicans’: The First 100 Days

March 27 marks 100 days since the Vatican published Fiducia Supplicans, an instruction on blessings of persons in irregular unions. And while the controversy it stirred in the Church in the West has somewhat abated, opposition to the document and how it was implemented continues apace. Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of … Read more

‘Non-Liturgical’ Blessings Do Not Exist

On Feb. 27, Vatican News published an article headlined: ‘Fiducia Supplicans,’ Non-liturgical Blessings and Pope Benedict’s Distinction. The aim of the article was to assert that distinguishing between rituals inserted into liturgical books and pastoral or spontaneous prayers is the same criterion now being used to admit the possibility of blessing irregular couples. The article … Read more