• New video looks at religious freedom, court fight on mandate

    • Apr 14, 2016

    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Religious freedom “is foundational to our church and American society,” said Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori in announcing a new video that explores the foundations of church teaching on religious liberty, including the Second Vatican Council document “Dignitatis Humanae.” The archbishop made the comments April 12 as

  • 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

  • On baptism day, four thoughts on Pope Francis and liturgy

    • Jan 10, 2016

    ROME — In the Vatican, Sunday’s Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is mostly a warm-and-fuzzy occasion when the pope baptizes the newborn children of employees, giving them a precious family memory and some relaxed face time with the boss. In other Catholic circles, however, the baptism Mass has

  • Communion in the hand vs. Communion on the tongue

    Communion in the hand vs. Communion on the tongue

    • Mar 19, 2015

    What is it about Communion in the hand versus Communion on the tongue? I’ve been in a lot of Catholic contexts, and nothing — apart from typical hot-button issues like abortion and gay marriage — seems to provoke such a strong reaction. I have heard some people praise Communion in