Pope Francis’s most recent impromptu remarks on marriage have caused a bit of a stir, not least among those working in and around marriage tribunals. In response to a question following the opening session of the Diocese of Rome’s pastoral congress, the Pope seems to have opined that the “great majority” (already downgraded to “many”) … More Marriage: Error & Hyperbole
This article was first published in the May 2016 edition of Inside the Vatican Magazine. You could be forgiven for having decided that Amoris Laetitia is a failed document. If you accept, as it seems to be the received wisdom to do, that its purpose is to resolve the debate about how doctrine and discipline … More Amoris Laetitia Unspun
**This post has been updated** Last week a letter, signed by Archbishop Becciu of the Holy See’s Secretariat of State, was circulated to all the departments of the Vatican. It informed them that PricewaterhouseCoopers’ independent audit of the finances of the Curia had been “suspended”. This was widely interpreted as a bold and public display … More **Updated** Vatican Audit: The Suspension that Doesn’t Add Up
This article first appeared in the Catholic Herald on 11 March, 2016. The Year of Mercy is undoubtedly a cause close to Pope Francis’s heart. When he speaks about the need for a more dynamic, evangelising Church, he is clear that the message to be carried out to the world is that of the love … More Why We Need a Year of Justice
As if the tragedy of Brussels was not bad enough; inevitably, Donald Trump weighed in. The man who cannot summon a majority of support in his own political party thousands of miles away was, somehow, national news across the UK this morning because he said that Muslims in Britain did not do enough to report … More Where is the Theological Battle Against ISIS?
Cardinal Kasper has been taking a preemptive victory lap ahead of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation, which is expected to by published early next month. But, despite what he thinks, his famous proposal won’t be in it. This is because his vision of the Church is totally different from the Pope’s. The Francis model of a … More Pope Francis Wants a Hospital, Kasper Wants a McDonald’s
This post first appeared on the Catholic Herald website on 9 March, 2016. Earlier the week, the National Review carried a fluent and compelling open letter from George Weigel and Robert George, addressed to all Catholics and people of good will. The letter was the latest in a series of serious and thoughtful engagements with … More Why the National Review Letter Won’t Stop Trump