Pope Saint John Paul II

How John Paul II reminded us that liberty and truth are inseparable

By Samuel Gregg, Acton Institute Powerblog, May 18, 2020 On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the late John Paul II’s birth, it’s worth underscoring that one theme which permeated his pontificate from its beginning to the end was that of truth. Many remember Pope John Paul II as... read more

Is the Pope Catholic?

What Francis hath wrought. by Robert Royal, Claremont Review of Books, Winter 2019 Even when, as at present, the Catholic Church exercises very little direct political or social power, its continued witness to the world after two millennia retains a compelling grandeur. Empires rise and... read more

German ‘Synodal Path’ Aims to Shape Vatican Decisions, Says Plan’s Architect

‘We believe it is unacceptable that all issues decided in Rome, now and in the future, should be taken largely without the participation of the local Churches,’ Jesuit Father Hans Langendörfer told a German newspaper. Edward Pentin Blog, January 30, 2020 One of the chief architects of... read more

Cardinal Sarah Calls For End to ‘Sterile Controversy’ Over Celibacy Book

The Vatican cardinal urges the faithful to cease discussing ‘ridiculous side issues’ over the book and to read the ‘essential question’ it covers instead. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, January 27, 2020 Cardinal Robert Sarah has given a robust defense of his and... read more

No, Cardinal Marx, the Church Cannot Bless Same-Sex Couples

No, Cardinal Marx, the Church Cannot Bless Same-Sex Couples By Eduardo J. Echeverria, December 30, 2019 Once again, the German archbishop, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, responded positively to the question, “What do you do when a homosexual couple asks you for an episcopal blessing.”  He... read more

Fundamental Transformation of a Nation, Culture: The Decade in Review

Fundamental Transformation of a Nation, Culture: The Decade in Review COMMENTARY: The 2010s, the Decade of the Dictatorship of Relativism By Paul Kengor, January 7, 2019 “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” declared a confident Barack... read more

There’s a Pony in Here Somewhere: A Post-Synodal Reflection

By George Weigel, First Things, October 28, 2019 According to his longtime consigliere, Edwin Meese, President Ronald Reagan must have told the “pony joke” at least a thousand times. The story involves the super-optimistic child whose parents take him to a psychiatrist, along with his... read more

The Synod’s Dissenters

by Dan Hitchens, National Catholic Register, October 25, 2019, Barack Obama announced in 2012 that religious liberty was “an inalienable right that is enshrined in our Constitution. As a citizen and as a Christian, I cherish this right.” Yet as president he encouraged his colleagues to pursue... read more
Archbishop Georg Gänswein

Archbishop Gaenswein: Claim Benedict XVI Opened Path for Women Deacons ‘Totally Absurd’

The Pope Emeritus’ personal secretary firmly rejects Brazilian synod father’s claim that a 2009 papal decree paved the way for women deacons. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, October 26, 2019 Benedict XVI’s personal secretary has said a claim put forward yesterday by a... read more

Chinese Totalitarianism and Catholic Witness

By Thomas Farr, September 21, 2019 “The current assault on religion in China under President Xi Jinping is the most comprehensive attempt to manipulate and control religious communities since the Cultural Revolution.” Or so I argued in congressional testimony [1] last fall. Part of Xi’s... read more

The term ‘life’ must be redefined,’ new head of Vatican Life Academy declares

LOS ANGELES, California, September 5, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life has declared that the academy must broaden its scope and welcome non-Christian “experts.” Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, 74, presented the speech at Loyola Marymount, a private... read more
Protestors in Warsaw, Poland, 0otside the apostolic nunciature demanding the resignation of Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski of Krakow, for likening the LGBTQ community and the rainbow flag to a "communist plague." (CNS photo/Dawid Zuchowicz, Agencja Gazeta via Reuters)

Krakow’s Archbishop Jędraszewski under fire for remarks about “rainbow plague”