• U.S. bishops’ conference arose out of a national crisis a century ago

    U.S. bishops’ conference arose out of a national crisis a century ago

    • Nov 5, 2017

    For some Catholics it may seem that the USCCB has always existed in its current form. However, it was created under challenging circumstances and has changed dramatically over the years. It also became a model for bishops’ conferences in other nations after Vatican II.

  • Expert says on liturgy, Pope isn’t settling scores but harvesting fruits

    Expert says on liturgy, Pope isn’t settling scores but harvesting fruits

    • Oct 24, 2017

    A former executive director of the U.S. bishops’ department on liturgy said Monday that by taking primary control over the translation of liturgical texts away from the Vatican and restoring it to local bishops’ conferences, Pope Francis is doing more than settling historical scores from two decades ago. He is trying to “integrate” the Church’s experience since Vatican II “and really balance everything.”

  • Why was Pope Francis so quick to answer these ‘dubia’?

    Why was Pope Francis so quick to answer these ‘dubia’?

    • Oct 23, 2017

    Given Pope Francis’s usual disinclination to answer his critics, it may seem a little puzzling as to why he quickly and publicly responded to Cardinal Robert Sarah about the implications of the pontiff’s recent decisions on liturgical translation. The nature of Sarah’s position, the pope’s readiness to be precise, and his personal investment in the issue may all help explain why Francis appears so ready to reply this time.