The Francis Era
The Francis Era
Vatican Simplifies the Annulment Process

An annulment system that gives answers faster and imposes fewer costs on those going to Church courts is a good thing. But if the process needs to become simpler, then marriage should be harder to get into.

The Francis Era
The Real Papal Story: Cleaning up the Hierarchy

The media is already abuzz about a leaked draft of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, but it will likely reiterate standard Catholic teaching. Potentially more newsy is the Vatican’s ongoing effort to clean house.

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The Francis Era
A Poor Church for the Poor?

The left likes to look for the “root causes of poverty”. A better project would be looking for “the root causes of wealth”. It would be helpful if Catholic social teaching supported this project.

The Francis Era
Vatican Conference Calls for Fighting Climate Change

In advance of an expected Pope Francis encyclical on the environment, a Vatican conference released a document calling the mitigation of climate change a “moral and religious imperative.”

The Francis Era
Testing Pope Francis’s Mettle

Pope Francis had a mandate to bring order to the Curia and peace to warring Church factions. Neither seems to be going very well just now.

The Francis Era
The Battle over Communion for the Remarried Heats Up

The question of whether remarried Catholics can receive communion is quickly becoming the defining question in the Catholic church, and Bishops are picking sides.

The Francis Era
Creating a Pope in the Media’s Own Image

The Pope did not say that all dogs go to heaven, but for a media convinced of its own account of this papacy, details sometimes seem beside the point.

The Francis Era
Pope Francis Intervenes, Arrests Follow

Several recent stories show Pope Francis pursuing a reform agenda that is more nuanced, and more in continuity with the work of his predecessors, than many realize.

The Francis Era
South American Catholics Turning Protestant

Many South American Catholics are leaving the Church, largely for Protestant denominations. That’s a different challenge than the one facing the Church in Europe, and it may be Pope Francis’s mission to address it.

The Francis Era
Catholic Opposition to Pope Francis Grows

The recent gathering of Catholic bishops to discuss the Church’s teachings on marriage, sexuality, and the family opened up new fault lines in the Church—and perhaps brought an end to this Pope’s era of good feelings.

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