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Hong Kong Calvary 2021

It is nothing short of scandalous that Jimmy Lai, Martin Lee, and other brave men and women are facing persecution without any public support from the Vatican.

Cruel and (Very) Unusual: On the Banning of Masses in the Vatican Basilica

The recent and bizarre diktat violates both universality and hospitality while ensuring a more jumbled, less reverent atmosphere at the altars.

What Covers a Multitude of Sins?

As welcome as the clarity of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s statement on same-sex unions may be, that clarity does not absolve any of us from the work of loving our enemies, let alone our brothers and sisters in Christ.

The Holy See and Thug Regimes

The list of grave issues that must be addressed during a future papal interregnum, and by the cardinal-electors in a conclave, continues to grow.

On Cages and Evangelization in China

Like Catholicism-vs.-communism in east central Europe during the Cold War, Catholicism-vs.-communism in China is, ultimately, a zero-sum game.

The McCarrick Report: No Smoking Gun, but Massive System Failure

Theodore McCarrick counted on the members of the episcopal club not to break the club rules. The path forward lies in dismantling those rules and consigning them to oblivion, along with the rest of the clerical caste system.

If You Sup With The Devil

The current pontificate’s outreach to China is, for Mr. Lai Chee Ying, fatally flawed at the expense of China’s Christian believers.

The Providential Demise of the Papal States

The sesquicentennial of the end of the Papal States is a moment to ponder the workings of divine providence in history, including the divine capacity to write straight with what may seem, at the time, crooked lines.

The Fatuities of Professor Faggioli

There is something deeply awry in Massimo Faggioli’s understanding of contemporary China and his defense of the Vatican Ostpolitik of the late 1960s and 1970s.

The Vatican Should Speak up on China’s Repression in Hong Kong and Beyond

In the past, under Pope John Paul II, the Holy See was uncompromising in defense of fundamental human rights. That approach is needed now — but would require an overdue recalibration of the Holy See’s recent policy toward China.