October 4, 2018

Vox Nova is pleased to welcome a guest post by long time reader Joseph Georges. It is now clear to many that the scandal of clerical sexual abuse is the most serious crisis the church has faced since the Reformation. (Massimo Faggioli in Commonweal, 8/8/18). “This summer has been anything but a church picnic for us. It’s been a disaster, one crisis after another. And as I try my best to listen to people, I hear them express very eloquently… Read more

September 15, 2018

Vox Nova is pleased to welcome a new blogger, Mark Gordon.  In fact, we are pleased to welcome back an old blogger:  Mark wrote for us in 2011-13 before moving on to work with some other blogs.  You can find his earlier work in our archives. For those who do not know him, here is a short biography: Mark Gordon is a businessman, nonprofit leader, and writer. In addition to managing his own web development firm, he is president of… Read more

September 14, 2018

Nos autem gloriari oportet in cruce Domini nostri Jesu Christi, in quo est salus, vita, et resurrectio nostra, per quem salvati et liberati sumus. We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered. –Entrance antiphon for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Pope Francis’ preferential option for the peripheries has been reflected, among other things, in his choice of cardinals,… Read more

September 1, 2018

Hearing the eulogies of Senator John McCain given by former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, my foremost thought was, “Oh yeah, this is what normal leaders sound like.” Naturally, I took exception to the exceptionalism in their speeches. When they each mentioned the dignity of all human beings, without exceptions and beyond borders [!], I heard the asterisks as clearly as their words. And still I thought, “Oh yeah, this is what it feels like to take exception… Read more

August 24, 2018

The awful extent of the Catholic Church’s abuse crisis hit home to me once a few years ago, when I found out that it affected a particular community I dearly love. I remember remarking to someone at that time, “It’s like the whole Church has a cancer, and it’s everywhere.” Now further revelations of how widespread and ugly this horrible cancer is have left the Body reeling. Like many of my fellow Catholics, I have felt sorrow, moral repugnancy, and… Read more

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