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Baffling and reprehensible by Phil Lawler (From Jun 3, 2020)

“I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles,” said Archbishop Wilton Gregory after President Donald Trump visited the St. John Paul II Shrine in...

Who is most likely to succeed Pope Francis? by Phil Lawler (From Dec 11, 2019)

The appointment of Cardinal Luis Tagle as prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization has prompted informed Vatican journalists to observe that Pope Francis may be hoping to put the Filipino prelate in place to become his successor. Pope Francis will celebrate his 83rd birthday next week,...

Holy Week in the Home During Quarantine by Jennifer Gregory Miller (From Apr 3, 2020)

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. This year will be completely different for most of us who cannot attend any religious services or Masses during this time. Our reality is that as a family we generally will have more time preparing and entering into Holy Week. So many of us are...

Who benefits from all this talk of schism? by Phil Lawler (From Sep 17, 2019)

Why are we even talking about schism? Who began this extraordinary conversation, and whose interests are served by it? Ross Douthat of the New York Times admits that he used the term “schism” long ago, as a theoretical possibility—which he now (rightly) regards as remote. But...

A Pope who doesn’t fear schism may cause one by Phil Lawler (From Sep 11, 2019)

“I am not afraid of schisms,” Pope Francis told reporters during his latest airplane press conference. Well, I am. And I’m afraid of any Roman Pontiff who isn’t afraid of splitting the universal Church. Which means that, yes, I’m afraid of Pope Francis. As we...

A shocking Vatican perspective on the pandemic by Phil Lawler (From Jul 22, 2020)

The latest document from the Vatican, a reflection on the CO19 pandemic, is an embarrassment to the Catholic faithful. The Pontifical Academy for Life, under the leadership of the controversial Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, produced the document, and the Vatican press office introduced it on...

This week: A curious media silence about a blockbuster Vatican story by Phil Lawler (From Oct 4, 2019)

This week’s most important CWN headline was not a big story. It was a huge story, a sensational story, a blockbuster. To be honest, I’m at a loss to explain why it hasn’t been given headline coverage throughout the media world. Police—the Vatican’s own police,...

When our churches open again... by Phil Lawler (From Apr 2, 2020)

When the pandemic crisis eases, and the world heads back into its normal routines, Catholic bishops will have some explaining to do. Why did you forbid the administration of the sacraments? For reasons of public health— and in many cases, because of emergency government regulations— you were...

Does Pope Francis profess the Nicene Creed? by Phil Lawler (From Oct 9, 2019)

Did Pope Francis really really say that Jesus is not God? Eugenio Scalfari, who made this sensational claim, cannot be treated as a reliable witness. He is an atheist, a Marxist, not a Christian. Although he has interviewed Pope Francis several times, he has not recorded the sessions or taken...

The new cardinals: Pope Francis bids for ‘irreversible change’ by Phil Lawler (From Sep 3, 2019)

Having named 13 new members of the College of Cardinals, Pope Francis will—as of October 5—have named a majority of the cardinals who will elect the next Roman Pontiff. At least on paper, then, he has had a chance to ensure that the next conclave will elect a prelate who shares his...