Why 42 Had to Be Impeached Twenty Years Ago
On this 20th anniversary of the Clinton impeachment, the nation should remember with gratitude those like Henry Hyde who, under fierce assault, stood for the rule of law.
Avoiding Another Roman Fiasco in February
By peremptorily ordering the American bishops not to vote on local remedies for today’s Catholic crisis of abusive clergy and malfeasant bishops, the Vatican dramatically raised the stakes for the February 2019 meeting that Pope Francis has called to discuss the crisis in a global perspective.
Cleansed and Conformed to God’s Will
That the Church needs cleansing is not much in doubt as Advent 2018 dawns. And that cleansing will necessarily involve everyone in the Church.
Remembering a Christian Gentleman
No Librarian of Congress had a greater impact on the Library or did more to make it an integral part of the nation’s cultural life than James H. Billington.
Vatican Autocracy and the U.S. Bishops
What conceivable meaning of “synodality” or “collegiality” includes an autocratic Roman intervention in the affairs of a national bishops’ conference that knows its own situation far better than the Roman authorities do?
A Century After the Armistice
As a military matter, World War I may have ended a century ago. The devastating cultural effects of the Great War are still being felt today, though.
Roots of Catholic Anger
As one state attorney general after another finds political hay to be made by investigating the Catholic past, it is essential that Catholics understand that a lot of the awfulness that is going to keep coming out—both in terms of abusive clergy and malfeasant bishops—was in the past. Effective anger today will focus on the present. And it will not be limited to local situations but will include the obtuseness (and worse) of officials in Rome.
Shifting Tectonic Plates in Eastern Christianity
The recent decision by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to grant autocephaly to a unified Ukrainian Orthodox Church is perhaps the greatest shift in Eastern Christianity since Constantinople and Rome formally severed full communion in 1054.
Reflections on Synod-2018
Synod-2018 made clear that business-as-usual is not an adequate model for the next months and years of Catholic life.
A Public Church, not a Partisan Church
The temptation to ally the Church with a particular political party and its program is a perennial one, it seems. When that temptation is not resisted, it invariably leads to trouble—politically and, more importantly, evangelically.