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Pope’s letter to Catholics in China, and everywhere

Regardless of how much or little you know about the current controversy in China surrounding the recognition of Catholic bishops and the tense situation with the government there, I urge

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A time to remember Cardinal Avery Dulles

Aug. 24, 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., who was born during the First World War in upstate New York. His father, great-grandfather

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Pope gives new vision for Synod of Bishops

Shortly before this paper went to press, and with relatively little fanfare, Pope Francis released an Apostolic Constitution this week entitled, “Episcopalis Communio,” in which he updated some elements of

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An antidote to tribalism and accusations

I recently attended a dialogue session held by a former archdiocesan official here in Chicago about the current devastating situation in the Catholic Church. While it is necessary that I

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We are stewards, not landlords, of this earth

Sometimes when a decision confronts us, it’s expected that we as Christians would turn to the church for advice. Issues of human sexuality, or end of life care, or rapid

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Our lives are endless conversion experiences

Being an ecclesiologist these days is a difficult gig. Hours after the flurry of recent activity involving the American and universal church, I had to stand in front of a

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Pope Francis says the death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

Recently Pope Francis made a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church which demands exactly such profound moral thinking. Part of the previous §2267 read: “Today, in fact, as

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The pope’s ‘inverted pyramid’ vision of the church

Many experts argue that Pope Francis’ homily on Oct. 17, 2015 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the institution of the Synod of Bishops is among his most programmatic discourses on

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God’s love evident in a highly public act

As I have learned of Bishop Dennis Sullivan’s directive concerning crucifixes in places of worship in the Diocese of Camden, the theology of the cross, and its relationship to the

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‘Sitting at the feet of others in order to serve Christ’

VATICAN CITY — On June 28, I attended the papal consistory in Saint Peter’s Basilica when Pope Francis named 14 new cardinals, among them Mallorcan Jesuit Luis Ladaria Ferrer, S.J.,