• Garvey: Francis fosters new look at Church authority and higher education

    Garvey: Francis fosters new look at Church authority and higher education

    • Jul 10, 2017

    John Garvey, President of the Catholic University of America, wants to take a new look at the famed “Land O’Lakes Statement” from 50 years ago, which amounted to a declaration of independence for Catholic universities from ecclesiastical control. He says that’s easier to do under Pope Francis, because his teaching is so interesting and relevant that universities more readily understand why it should be part of their conversations.

  • Interested in Catholic reaction to Francis? Get off Twitter and into the trenches

    • Jul 9, 2017

    If all you had to go by in judging Catholic reaction to Pope Francis were press treatments and social media, you’d think it’s an all-or-nothing war between devoted supporters and fanatical critics. In the trenches, however, what you find is a spirit of root enthusiasm and loyalty, tempered with a critical edge on specific points depending on what’s most important to a particular person.

  • Daughter of famed American writer joined Jesus on the peripheries

    Daughter of famed American writer joined Jesus on the peripheries

    • Jul 9, 2017

    Every believer has his or her own story, and the story of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s daughter Rose is especially compelling, especially under a pope who’s calling us to join Jesus on the peripheries. Rose went to the forgotten and suffering, and she let her sorrow build a bridge of compassion and selfless service to others. By this way of life, Rose’s faith was able to give her comfort and consolation.