Anglicans Wonder Why No One Comes to Church on Sunday

Anglican Worship

  An article in the Daily Telegraph ponders why the number of people attending parish churches in England continues to plummet. While attendance at cathedral worship is up, the number of worshippers in the local churches is in free fall. The Anglicans, of course, are not the only ones. All the churches in the Western [Read More...]

Conversion or Come to Daddy?


I read a smart comment yesterday: “Conservatives want to convert people by arguing with them. Liberals want to convert people by agreeing with them.” It’s pithy I can see the distinction, but I’m not sure it is merely a “conservative-Liberal” clash. Underlying the tensions within the Catholic Church –which blew up at the recent synod [Read More...]

Pope Francis’ New Way


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...]

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...]

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...]