When the Vatican publishes its annual report detailing its activities , the 1,400-page volume is filled with references to the everyday and the exceptional.
Cardinal William Baum, the archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980, died Thursday at the age of 88 after a long illness. He was a cardinal for 39 years -- the longest such tenure in U.S. church history.
Baum witnessed history from the Second Vatican Council through the election of the first Latin American pope, and he made history himself.
Robert Mickens' column calling for a new way of choosing bishops is most timely. Although the Code of Canon Law of 1983 (c. 377) says that the pope freely appoints bishops, papal appointment is contrary to the church's centurieslong tradition of the election of bishops by the clergy and people of the diocese.
A Roman Observer: The Vatican published its annual financial statement last week, but it is not at all transparent or detailed and probably not completely accurate.
On the back wall of the stone cottage behind the Bolduc House in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., the Doctrine of Discovery is posted. It was published on May 4, 1493, as the Inter Caetera Papal Bull by Pope Alexander VI. There is a petition to Pope Francis to rescind it on the Romero Institute's website.
Pope Francis visited retired Pope Benedict XVI at his Vatican residence Tuesday to wish him a happy summer.
Laudato Si' embraces what Francis calls a "very solid scientific consensus" that humans are causing cataclysmic climate change endangering the planet.
Just Catholic: Whatever will we do about the folks who fall down in a dead faint whenever you say "woman" and "ordination" in the same sentence?
It used to be that just saying the words "liberation theology" around Catholics was enough to start a schism-level fight, or at least raise a red flag in Rome.
The theological movement that focused on the poor emerged out of the church's social justice ferment in the 1960s, but it was always viewed by conservatives as an irredeemably Marxist version of the Gospel.
Worse, they said it was a tool of Soviet communists who were using the Roman Catholic church to foment revolution in Latin America and beyond, and at the very height of the Cold War.
Examining the Crisis: Victories, whatever their cause, need to be acknowledged, and forcing the resignation of a Catholic bishop is no small accomplishment.