Pope Saint John Paul II

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”

Throughout this summer, Poland has descended into a culture war over the organization of gay pride events. By Filip Mazurczak. The Dispatch, August 16, 2019 When Marek Jędraszewski was nominated by Pope Francis to be the new archbishop of Krakow, I wrote that he was a strong culture... read more

International scholars express concerns about John Paul II Institute

Vatican City, Aug 15, 2019 / 04:17 pm (CNA).- A group of 49 academics from universities around the world has asked the administrators of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome to reinstate several faculty members recently dismissed from the institute. Contributors to the recently... read more

Social “Science” at the JPII Institute

By Robert Royal, August 6, 2019 The Catholic world was surprised – though not entirely so – last week when the previously announced “refounding” of the John Paul II Institute on Marriage and the Family resulted in the firing of two prominent longtime professors and the “suspension”... read more

The Shroud of Turin: Latest Study Deepens Mystery

Researchers cast doubt on the findings of the controversial 1988 study. By K.V. Turley, August 5, 2019 A new French-Italian study on the Shroud of Turin throws doubt on what many thought was the definitive dating of the cloth believed by millions to be the burial cloth of Jesus... read more
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JPII Institute VP says school’s identity is ‘seriously threatened’

By JD Flynn, Catholic News Agency, Vatican City, Jul 31, 2019 The vice-president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome said that changes to the school’s governing structure and academic program are a serious threat to its identity, and to the important pastoral ministry it... read more

The Vandals sack Rome….again

Is there a red hat in Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia’s future? If so, it will be as a reward for knee-capping scholars of impeccable scholarly credentials and personal probity, deeply beloved by their students. By George Weigel Analysis, July 29, 2019 An exercise in raw intellectual vandalism... read more

Students say changes at Rome’s JPII Institute undermine its mission

by JD Flynn Vatican City, Jul 26, 2019 / 11:45 am (CNA).- More than 150 students at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome have signed a letter saying that newly approved statutes will undermine the institute’s mission and identity. “We want to express our greatest concern: the... read more

All profs suspended, president dismissed as part of ‘destruction’ of John Paul II Institute

By Diane Montagna ROME, July 24, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In what critics see as an attack on the Catholic Church’s moral teaching, the successor of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra at the Institute on marriage and family founded by John Paul II has been dismissed and the institute's courses  on... read more

How to Understand the Death Penalty and Development of Doctrine

COMMENTARY: One must respect the right of Rome to seek to abolish the death penalty, but one may also disagree as to whether this is a homogenous development of doctrine or merely a debate about circumstantial application of that doctrine. By Father Brian Mullady, OP, June 24, 2019 Recent... read more

“Man-made Religion”

By Bevil Bramwell, OMI, July 7, 2019 The above phrase turned up in Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI’s comments on the recent scandals. Of course, its origins are much older. One can find it operating in the secular religions developed during and after the French Revolution, for example. Then, new... read more

U.S. Bishops Approve the Pope’s Capital Punishment Ban

FR. GEORGE W. RUTLER, June 26, 2019 Sæva indignatio. Few writers in the history of English letters could express “savage indignation” at human folly as did Jonathan Swift who wrote those words for his own epitaph. Our times give ample opportunity to empathize with him, and that is never... read more

Notre Dame: A Fiery Sign?