Synod-talk, Again

ON JAN. 13 THE General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops published a “preparatory document” for the 2018 Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment.

A Papal Tutor of Heroic Virtue

ON JAN. 20, Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to publish decrees acknowledging the “heroic virtues” of six men and one woman: two diocesan priests, three priests in religious orders, the foundress of an Italian religious community and a Polish layman.

Theology Isn’t Math; But It Is Theology

DURING THE HEYDAY of the Solidarity movement, a famous Polish slogan had it that, “For Poland to be Poland, 2 + 2 Must Always = 4.” It was a quirky but pointed way of challenging the communist culture of the lie, which befogged public life and warped relationships between parents and children, husbands and wives, colleagues and neighbors.

Fake History

SPEAKING OF PUBLIC policy debates, Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said that, while everyone had a right to his opinion, no one had a right to his own facts. Something similar might be said about today’s debates in the Church: everyone has a right to their own opinion about the state of Catholicism in 2017, but no one has a right to invent their own Church history.

Lessons from an Era of Confusion

In the introduction to “Aggiornamento on the Hill of Janus: The American College in Rome, 1955-1979,” Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni warns readers that his book will be most easily understood by students and alumni of the Pontifical North American College.

New Year’s Wishes for Some Catholic Brethren

2017 PROMISES to be a challenging year for the Catholic Church. Thus some new year’s wishes:
I wish Catholic progressives a calmer 2017 than they managed in 2016. The last months of the year now fading into the rear-view mirror were marked by an extraordinary number of bilious attacks on those raising questions about Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” from the party of dialogue, collegiality and pluralism.

Christmas and The Divine Proximity

IN OCTOBER 2001, I had a long conversation with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. It was but weeks after 9/11; a new century and millennium were opening before us; and I wanted to get Cardinal Ratzinger’s view on the main issues for the Church and for theology in the 21st century.

The Persecution of Professor Esolen

by George Weigel PROFESSOR ANTHONY Esolen is a bright jewel in the crown of Catholic higher education in the U.S., a scholar whose brilliant translation of – and commentary on – Dante’s “Divine Comedy” is appreciated far beyond the boundaries of Catholic literary and intellectual life.

Books for Christmas

Take a stand against the electrification of reading and consider the following, in properly bound form, as gifts for those on your Christmas – not “holiday” – list: