Wrangling in Rome – What Good is It?


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...]

Allen on Kasper on the Africans

John Allen

John Allen springboards in this article from the hoo-ha over Cardinal Kasper’s anti-African comments to Edward Pentin to teach us more about the influence of Africans on the Vatican and what the future church looks like: it’s African. If someone were to write a book about the 2014 Synod of Bishops on the family, a [Read More...]

Take Up Your Crux


My article published previously this week at Crisis Magazine is now re-published at Boston Globe’s Crux website. The ambition of the editors at Crux is simple. John Allen described American Catholicism as being “tribalistic” In other words, the liberals have their colleges, newspapers, publishing houses, bloggers, magazines and celebrities and likewise the conservatives. American Catholics [Read More...]

Cardinal Kasper Dismisses Africans


The Anchoress takes Kasper to task here for his condescending and let’s say it: racist remarks about African Catholics. Here are our brothers and sisters in the forefront of the fight against militant Islam, seeing their churches burned, their children kidnapped and their villages destroyed by Muslim thugs. They stand firm in the faith. Their seminaries [Read More...]

Worried About the Synod? Here Are Ten Things to Remember

Worried about that Synod in Rome? Read This

  UPDATE: Here is John Allen’s summary of the day’s happenings at in Rome. He says the synod is turning out like a high drama soap opera…Go here. Whew! has there ever been such a furore amongst the faithful! We’ve got the clash of cardinals, a bash up among bishops and vitriol in the Vatican! The [Read More...]

On Being Supernaturally Normal


I had a terrific compliment last week. This person didn’t praise me for being extraordinary. She didn’t thank me for being intellectual or handsome or holy or amazing. She thanked me for being normal. We are so often attracted to what is weird. We follow the details of the lives of the stars of athletics [Read More...]