A Bomb Is Not a Mother

Pope Francis has a penchant for using maternal imagery in reference to the Church, and true to his gift for holding up the beauties of the Church’s tradition to let them speak for themselves, he does so in ways that transcend any pietistic stereotypes.  Recently, he used this type of language to turn the language of [Read More…]

Do we really need to apologize?

Today, Vox Nova is pleased to present a guest post by Stephen Adubato.  Moderation of the comments will be handled by the regular contributors. The phenomenon of papal statements on aircrafts has quickly become a provocative, revelatory, and apparently now regular ministry of the vicar of Christ. Pope Francis’ knack for making statements that tend [Read More…]

The Value of a Microcephalic Life (beyond the fetal double-talk)

A recent NPR story on pre-natal detection of the effects of the Zika virus caught my attention a couple of weeks ago.  Although I was alerted by the foreboding reference to the mother’s loss in the teaser that appeared in my email inbox, the following two sentences still hit me in the gut: The woman decided to [Read More…]

Mercy Is God’s Identity Card: Reflections on Francis’ The Name of God is Mercy

Today, Vox Nova is pleased to present a guest post by Alessandro Rovati, Ph.D., who is an adjunct professor of theology at Belmont Abbey College, NC. We are almost two months into the Holy Year of Mercy and the greatest temptation we face is formalism. We are surrounded by words and gestures that remind us [Read More…]

Quote of the Day: Pope Francis on Human Evil

A great quote from Pope Francis, with a hat tip to NCR: Faced with the tragic events of human history, we can feel crushed at times, asking ourselves, ‘Why?’ Humanity’s evil can appear in the world like an abyss, a great void: empty of love, empty of goodness, empty of life. And so we ask: [Read More…]

Beyond Yes or No: The Anti-Dichotomy Queen Takes On the Synod

Like my colleague David, I have been following the synod of bishops with interest, with my preferred sources being mainly the refreshingly unfiltered (and often quite detailed) reports from the Vatican Information Service via email subscription, and the incomparably lucid reporting of John Allen and his team at Crux.  Allen does us a particularly valuable [Read More…]

A Proposal for the Catechism on the Death Penalty

A while back I posted a complete transcript of remarks by Pope Francis on the death penalty.  While a speech is not as authoritative as an encyclical or apostolic letter, a prepared text such as this seems to give a pretty concrete summary of his views on the death penalty.    I had hoped to follow [Read More…]

Radically Catholic in the Age of Francis (Introducing Solidarity Hall Press)

I’ve been watching the mailbox like a kid at Christmas.  Except we’re in Easter, so alleluia!  My cause for rejoicing today is the arrival of my honest-to-goodness paperback copy of Solidarity Hall‘s inaugural publication, Radically Catholic in the Age of Francis, in which I and a few of my fellow Vox Novians (previous contributors Sam Rocha, [Read More…]

A Prayer Against Human Trafficking

Today is the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita and the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking, which Pope Francis observed following the traditional Sunday Angelus prayer.  We are all invited to join the observance with this moving prayer: O God, when we hear of children and adults deceived and taken to [Read More…]