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  • Women must be more than ‘guest workers’ in the Church

    • Apr 1, 2016

    In early March I was invited by Voices of Faith, a group focused on the leadership and work of Catholic female leaders, to share some thoughts at a Vatican conference on the role of women in the Church in conjunction with International Women’s Day. The idea was to focus on

  • Why social media will shape ‘Vatican III’

    Why social media will shape ‘Vatican III’

    • Mar 31, 2016

    Early in 2015 I was elected to represent the Australian bishops at the second of the two Synods on marriage and the family. Before I left for Rome, I was asked if I’d be willing to do a blog during the Synod. I replied that I wasn’t much good at

  • Why the French cardinal shouldn’t resign over the sex abuse scandal

    Why the French cardinal shouldn’t resign over the sex abuse scandal

    • Mar 24, 2016

    PARIS – While the French Church does not always live harmoniously with its anti-clerical state and culture, it has been mostly spared the accusations of financial mismanagement and sexual abuse that the Church in other European countries has known. Our régime of laïcité — a strict separation between Church and

  • The Little Sisters of the Poor should win their court case

    The Little Sisters of the Poor should win their court case

    • Mar 11, 2016

    During his trip to the United States, Pope Francis expressed his support for both the US bishops (by his words at the White House) and for the Little Sisters of the Poor (by his personal visit to their home) in their common effort to uphold religious freedom in this country.

  • The secret to Pope Francis

    • Sep 15, 2015

    Pope Francis is hugely popular for his humility and care for people — he has captured our imagination by washing the feet of prisoners, trading in the Mercedes popemobile for a Hyundai, calling people who have contacted his office, and posting often on Twitter. In addition to these actions of

  • Why Catholics should be a little bit Jewish this weekend

    • Apr 3, 2015

    Not long ago while living in Jerusalem, my wife and I attended a Seder meal. It was run, confusedly, by a Lutheran and a Catholic, both of whom prayed the rite with all sincerity. It was well-meaning, but I do not imagine that St. Paul was amused. Were God more

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