The death penalty is a grim topic. It's taking a forceful act of my will to set me to the task of writing about it. But a few events have converged, one involving me slightly, and I want to tell you.
John Paul II
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.
A Roman Observer: A few years ago, an American bishop who has since retired described the last ad limina visit he made to Rome under Pope John Paul II.
A Roman Observer: All is not well with the way the Roman church makes its pastoral-administrative decisions, discerns the call of the Spirit, or chooses its bishops.
Laudato Si' embraces what Francis calls a "very solid scientific consensus" that humans are causing cataclysmic climate change endangering the planet.
Examining the Crisis: Many media reports describe the setting up of the Vatican tribunal to examine abuse as a breakthrough. There is no breakthrough.
Opinion: Because complementarity will be discussed at the upcoming synod, it's important to compare how Francis and John Paul II viewed the concept.
The economy, on a local and global level, and financial policies are called to serve the human person and promote the common good, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.
"We live in a time in which, unfortunately, the prevalent economic model reveals numerous shortcomings, dysfunctions and deviations which weigh heavily on the state of the planet's health," he said Tuesday.
Nuclear weapons' destructiveness seems to cloud adequate moral responses. From the vantage of the faith-based, these weapons have raised monumental moral issues.
Pope Francis' devotion is profound but simple: Mary is a mother to every believer; Jesus would not leave his followers orphans.