Catholic Church Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

Not a Loaf, but Leaven

Catholics in the United States too often demonstrate a complacency of mind more characteristic of an establishment church than a distinctive minority.

President Biden and Progressive Catholic Fantasyland

Catholic progressives were not so craven in the face of legal segregation during the classic period of the civil rights movement; they were, in fact, bold and brave. So why the surrender to the Zeitgeist now?

Three Models of Priestly Goodness

It is very, very hard to be the Catholic Church without being a vibrantly eucharistic Church. That’s true for everyone. The people of the Church should realize that it’s especially true for priests.

Because of My Father

I retain my faith in it in no small part because of the witness of my father, who taught me by his example to believe in the only thing that really matters.

Interview: George Weigel on The Future of the Church

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel was interviewed recently by Medium‘s RJ Carr about his new book The Next Pope and the future of the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Future

Taking account of the challenges facing the Church in the third millennium, and drawing lessons from the pontificates of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis, George Weigel systematically outlines the qualities needed in the next successor of Peter in his new book The Next Pope.

Waiting for the “Spring”

American Catholics have grown accustomed to seeking the fruits of a healthy Church (and lamenting their absence) – plentiful vocations, widespread devotion among the faithful, solid marriages and families, flourishing ministries to the poor – while taking little care for the spiritual work that makes the Church blossom in the first place.

Sr. Deirdre Byrne’s Gift of Witness

It’s not very often in politics that we get to hear from someone as heroic as Sister Deirdre Byrne, a religious sister, a missionary, a medical doctor, and a military veteran, who addressed the nation during the Republican National Convention.

A Different Kind of Transparency

Catholics now have a guidebook, written for non-experts (or at least non-canonists), which provides a simplified explanation of how Rome expects the rest of the Church to handle allegations of clergy sexual abuse.

Credit, Where It’s Due

The actions of the media, lawyers, and victims’ advocacy groups have sometimes been, taken in isolation, very damaging to the Church. But the actions of these same groups have often, over the long term, been a strong force moving the Church in the right direction.