• ‘Other’ Orthodox have low expectations for ‘Great Council’

    ‘Other’ Orthodox have low expectations for ‘Great Council’

    • Jun 17, 2016

    A leading cleric of the Oriental Orthodox Churches, invited to the “Great and Holy Council” taking place in Crete only as observers, says that “humanly speaking, one cannot expect much from this synod … but we believe in the power of the Holy Spirit who can guide us at all levels.”

  • Why a Catholic church should look like a Catholic church

    Why a Catholic church should look like a Catholic church

    • May 19, 2016

    When one of my third graders saw the architect’s drawings of the new church we’re building for my parish, he exclaimed, “Father! It looks like a Catholic Church!” Indeed. His observation not only registered his delighted surprise, but revealed that such a church was not something he had experienced before.

  • New book says Vatican II key to understanding Pope Francis

    New book says Vatican II key to understanding Pope Francis

    • May 11, 2016

    Good reporters are always intrigued by paradoxes, and my friend Giacomo Galeazzi of Italy’s La Stampa newspaper is unquestionably a talented reporter. Thus it’s no surprise that his new book, Il Concilio di Papa Francesco: La Nuova Primavera della Chiesa, pivots on a paradox. (In English, the title is, “The