December 6, 2021
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When the President Met the Pope

On November 1, All Saints Day, the Catholic News Service reported on President Biden’s visit with Pope Francis. I’ll begin with a background note, then examine what the participants said about the meeting, and, finally, consider what message it sent...

What It Means to Be Catholic

Why do people travel long distances; endure discomforts and inconveniences just to be together as a family around the same table like on Thanksgiving Day or on Christmas Day? At times, a meal is much more than a meal; and also, a meal can turn a...

A Jesuit Magazine’s Disrespect of the Dead

The death of Rush Limbaugh on February 17, 2021 was reported around the world. The headlines in mainstream publications were generally objective. For example, USA Today: “’A true American legend’: Donald Trump, Bill O’Reilly, more mourn...

Pope Francis and Same-Sex Unions

Background Note: I recently explained how popes have strived to preserve doctrinal continuity by supporting their predecessors’ pronouncements. I noted, as well, that though this action may be well intended, when the issue involves a contradiction...

Catholicism: Can the Decline Be Reversed?

That the Catholic Church has been losing numbers for decades has been well established. Why the loss has occurred, however, is not as clear. One might expect that Church leaders would be interested in finding the answer and sharing it with their...

Advice to a Disenchanted Catholic

A reader recently offered this (paraphrased) comment on an essay of mine: “Your essay and others like it leave me frustrated. They talk about the impact of Modernism, the failures of U.S. bishops and Pope Francis, sexual abuse by priests, financial...

Worth the Risk

For centuries missionary priests have risked their lives to spread the Gospel and expand the reach of the Catholic Church. Many have been martyred for their efforts. In Japan, as beautifully dramatised in Martin Scorcese’s Silence, the Shogunate of...