Adkins: In politics, we can all be like The Lord of the Rings’ Frodo Baggins.

Post Date: October 1, 2019

By Jason Adkins

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien is a beautiful work showing the important role even the smallest and seemingly most insignificant people have in the drama of history. In the trilogy, it was Frodo Baggins, the little hobbit, who embarks on a perilous adventure to destroy the ring of power at Mount Doom and save Middle Earth from the power of...


Adkins: Can Catholics disagree with the public policy positions of bishops?

Post Date:  September 1, 2019

By Jason Adkins

This session, the Catholic bishops of Minnesota advocated in favor of a policy that would allow undocumented immigrants to drive legally in Minnesota. The bishops and Minnesota Catholic Conference staff have received plenty of feedback from Catholics throughout the state, and in many instances expressing their disagreement with that policy...


Peterson: Promoting the Common Good Is Not a Spectator Sport

Post Date: August 1, 2019

By Shawn Peterson

After five very blessed years as Associate Director for Public Policy with the Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC), I have decided to pursue a new opportunity with Catholic Education Partners, an organization whose mission is to advance public policies that empower families and children to enjoy the benefits of a Catholic...


Adkins: A Church for the poor requires religious freedom

Post Date: June 1, 2019

By Jason Adkins

To bring the Gospel to all men and women, not to just the wealthy or intellectuals, Christianity must be incarnated in every aspect of civilization, including politics.  This requires that the Church be free to cultivate the life of prayer needed to nurture discipleship in people who can, in turn, be leaven in society. That is the argument of the late Cardinal Jean Danielou, SJ, in his overlooked book, “Prayer as a Political Problem” (1965). In it, he highlights how...


Capecchi: How to accept criticism: a spiritual exercise

Post Date: June 13, 2019

By Christina Capecchi

More than 19 million people tuned in to watch the final episode of “Game of Thrones” May 19, making it the most viewed show to ever air on HBO. Yet many were dissatisfied with what they saw, hurling gripe after grouse online. The finale didn’t fit the ethos of the show, they insisted. It was overly sentimental. It tarnished the show’s legacy. More than 1 million people signed an online petition to re-make the show’s final...


de Souza: Anomalies Abound in Cardinal Pell’s Abuse Trials

Post Date: June 11, 2019

By Fr. Raymond de Souza

Does the very improbability of an accusation mean that it is more likely to be true? That is the argument advanced by prosecutors in the case of Cardinal George Pell, and it indicates a dangerous dynamic in trials for some cases of historic sexual abuse. Convincing evidence leads to a guilty verdict; unconvincing evidence also leads to a guilty verdict. Cardinal George Pell’s appeal of his convictions for sexual abuse was heard last week in...


Bishop Barron: Paul on the Areopagus: A Master Class in Evangelization

Post Date: June 4, 2019

By Bishop Robert Barron

The account of St. Paul’s address on the Areopagus in Athens, found in the seventeenth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, is a sort of master class in the evangelization of the culture, and anyone engaged today in that essential task should read it with care. The context for Paul’s speech is his mission to Greece, which commenced when he crossed over from Asia Minor to the mainland of Europe. As the great Catholic historian... 


Weigel: The courageous honesty of Peter Steinfels

Post Date: February 8, 2019

By George Weigel

Peter Steinfels’s long career in journalism included years of service as editor of Commonweal (from which perch he took me to the woodshed more than once), followed by a decade as senior religion correspondent of the New York Times. Steinfels has now done the Catholic Church in the United States — and American society as a whole — a tremendous service by telling some disturbing truths about the August 2018 Pennsylvania grand jury report...




World's oldest bishop dies in Spain at age 104

Rome Newsroom, Nov 25, 2020 / 05:00 am MT (CNA).- Bishop Damian Iguacen Borau died Tuesday at his residence in Huesca in northeastern Spain. He was 104 years old. [...]