• U.S. bishops’ conference arose out of a national crisis a century ago

    U.S. bishops’ conference arose out of a national crisis a century ago

    • Nov 5, 2017

    For some Catholics it may seem that the USCCB has always existed in its current form. However, it was created under challenging circumstances and has changed dramatically over the years. It also became a model for bishops’ conferences in other nations after Vatican II.

  • Why was Pope Francis so quick to answer these ‘dubia’?

    Why was Pope Francis so quick to answer these ‘dubia’?

    • Oct 23, 2017

    Given Pope Francis’s usual disinclination to answer his critics, it may seem a little puzzling as to why he quickly and publicly responded to Cardinal Robert Sarah about the implications of the pontiff’s recent decisions on liturgical translation. The nature of Sarah’s position, the pope’s readiness to be precise, and his personal investment in the issue may all help explain why Francis appears so ready to reply this time.

  • Meet the man who could define what a ‘Francis bishop’ means

    Meet the man who could define what a ‘Francis bishop’ means

    • May 26, 2017

    In general, the president of a national bishops’ conference may be an important post domestically, but it doesn’t have great international interest. The one exception tends to be Italy, where the president of the conference is presumed to be a role model for bishops trying to reflect the current pope’s vision, and now the Italians have a new prelate at the helm.