Gimme That Ole Time Religion

I’m not too concerned about getting the Catholic religion up to date for people. That’s because the Catholic religion transcends time. Oh yes, we can tinker with this and that, use modern methods of communication and so forth, but no sense tinkering with the religion itself. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Sure we can [Read More...]

Pope Francis’ New Way

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In this article at Aleteia I assess Pope Francis’ regular references to “the God of surprises” and his calls for Catholics to be open to new ways of the Holy Spirit At the close of a tumultuous two weeks Pope Francis has called the church to be open to “the God of surprises.” Back in January [Read More...]

Welcoming Gays: How Do I Do That?

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The buzz word in the synod this month, and in the general discussion about homosexuals is the word “welcome” We are to “welcome homosexuals”. The problem is, no one is really explaining what this means. I hope those who feel strongly about this matter–who have responded with visceral compassion on the poor homosexual persons who [Read More...]

Media Mutterings About the Synod

Now What?

What is most frustrating in reading the media mutterings about the synod is the superficial experience of church life that most journalists have. Christina Odone is one who should know better. She is a lifelong British Catholic, a former editor of the UKs Catholic Herald and a longtime commentator on church matters. Nevertheless in this [Read More...]

Beautiful Balance in the Pope’s Final Speech to the Synod

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Here are excerpts from the Pope’s final address to the synod with my observations in red. Read the whole speech here. And it has been “a journey” – and like every journey there were moments of running fast, as if wanting to conquer time and reach the goal as soon as possible; other moments of fatigue, [Read More...]

Wrangling in Rome – What Good is It?

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What good has come from all the bishops boxing–all the wrangling in Rome? Now that the Synod of Bishops has ended with a beautiful, but bland final message from the bishops, Damian Thompson reports on the week’s drama here at the Spectator. ‘Thanks be to God’, as we Catholic children used to say with heartfelt enthusiasm [Read More...]


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