• Bishops don’t always have to agree with Francis to back him

    Bishops don’t always have to agree with Francis to back him

    • May 16, 2016

    These days, when the classic Catholic parlor game of deciding who in the Vatican is for the pope and who’s against him gets underway, German Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller often figures near the top of most lists for the latter camp. Prefect of the Vatican’s powerful Congregation for the Doctrine

  • Putting Pope Francis on the couch about women deacons

    Putting Pope Francis on the couch about women deacons

    • May 14, 2016

    No doubt, the big story on the Vatican beat this week was Pope Francis’ apparent willingness to entertain whether women can serve as deacons in the Catholic Church. The word “apparent” is required because, as with so many other things in the Francis era, exactly what the pontiff meant is

  • How even Stalin once benefited from religious freedom

    How even Stalin once benefited from religious freedom

    • May 14, 2016

    [Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on the web site of the Unione Cristiani Cattolici Razionali, the “Union of Rational Christian Catholics,” in Italy, and appears here in a Crux translation.] From 1917 to the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia was governed by a regime that sought to combat

  • How Our Lady of Fatima kept a papacy going

    How Our Lady of Fatima kept a papacy going

    • May 13, 2016

    During the late John Paul II years, one constant bit of subtext on the Vatican beat was the pope’s health and his physical capacity to lead. I used to joke that my definition of bliss would be never having to go on TV or radio again and start by saying,