Staggering toward a conclave

Ugly scandals, mistrust and bad press are putting a dark cloud over the coming conclave. In my latest blog on the Huffington Post I outline the steps the Church must take to face its current situation.

Can Any Good Come of It?

We are not moving gently or confidently toward the next conclave. We are staggering toward it. The worldwide Catholic Church, in just the last few weeks, has had to confront some truly ugly scandals. Consider: In late January, the new Archbishop of Los Angeles, Jose Gomez, had to order his predecessor, Roger Cardinal Mahony, to… Read more »

A Pope Resigns

The sudden resignation of Pope Benedict XVI shocked not only the world, but even his brother Georg. In my latest Huffington Post blog, I write about this particular Pope’s legacy, his career and the urgent tasks facing the next Pope. Please stay tuned as we all witness this extraordinary chapter in papal history. Here’s an… Read more »

The Pro Life Movement at a Crossroads

In the winter of 2013, it is fair to say that the pro-life movement faces a crossroads the likes of which it has not seen since 1976. It will do well, therefore, to recall some of the events of that earlier political season. The 1976 election was the first presidential campaign in which abortion became… Read more »

The American Catholic Church and Roe. v. Wade

Forty years ago this January, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Roe v. Wade, which struck down a number of states’ restrictive abortion laws and extended the right of privacy to include the woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy. Many American Catholics took exception to this decision and have engaged in four decades… Read more »

Against Apocalypticism

Well, I am glad we dodged the Mayan Apocalypse. I wager that you are too. Having the Earth’s polarity suddenly reverse, being sucked into outer space, or being plowed over by a mysterious rogue planet would have been awful ways to end our civilization. Most people probably took the Mayan Apocalypse as light-heartedly as I… Read more »