• Of all places, a reminder from Duluth that the papacy matters

    • May 1, 2016

    Roman Catholicism is a sprawling, wildly diverse community of 1.2 billion people spread over every nook and cranny of the planet, and sometimes, when its fault lines and internal tensions seem especially sharp, it almost defies belief that the Church has held together as long as it has. Theologically, of

  • On Benedict XVI anniversary, why he'll go down as 'Great Reformer'

    On Benedict XVI anniversary, why he'll go down as 'Great Reformer'

    • Apr 18, 2016

    By consensus, while emeritus Pope Benedict XVI was a great teaching pontiff, ecclesiastical governance on his watch often left something to be desired. Space does not permit a full listing of meltdowns and crises, but here are a few highlights: The appointment in 2007, followed by the swift fall from

  • On the celibacy of St. John Paul II

    On the celibacy of St. John Paul II

    • Feb 23, 2016

    With the recent revelations of St. John Paul II’s close relationship with a married woman, the philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, many commentators are wondering whether we need to revise our understanding of Karol Wojtyła the man. Barbara Latza Nadeau, writing in The Daily Beast, asks the question surely on many people’s