The National Catholic Review


  • The Hungarian cardinal, Peter Erdo, is playing a crucial role in the synod on the family, and now a somewhat controversial one, since the keynote paper he presented to the plenary session of the synod on the opening day contained more rigid, traditional positions on some of the hot button issues than those presented in the synod’s Working Document (WD, or ‘Instrumentum Laboris’) that was issued just three months ago.

  • On his Apostolic Journey to the United States, Pope Francis brought a message of encouragement. He called us to press on, always forward, to meet the issues of our day with energy, imagination and determination. The Holy Father also urged us to look back. He persistently reminded us of our heritage and of our duty to protect it.

  • This week Dr. Timothy Law Snyder, mathematician and former vice president of academic affairs at Loyola University Maryland, is being sworn in as the sixteenth president of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif. (where I have lived for the last five years).

  • Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez of Bogotá, Colombia, worries that in our times Christianity has come to be seen as irrelevant, just another consumer choice for a generation overwhelmed by conflicting perspectives and technological and lifestyle options. “I am very conscious that we are in an age of profound changes,” the cardinal said. As the world’s bishops prepare for the synod on the family in Rome on Oct. 2, Cardinal Salazar was in New York preparing for a speech before the American Bible...

  • Pope Francis returned to Rome on Sept. 28 after the longest and perhaps most challenging foreign journey of his pontificate: a trip that lasted 10 days and took him from the communist outpost of Cuba to the capitalist superpower of the U.S., where the popular pontiff faced some of his toughest critics—both inside and outside the church.

    Now comes the hard part.

  • Editors Note: On the flight from Philadelphia to Rome, Pope Francis was asked if he supports "those individuals, including government officials, who say they cannot in good conscience, their own personal conscience, abide by some laws or discharge their duties as government officials, for example in issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples..." He...

  • Vows are for life, we say. True. Very true. In fact, true in two ways. “Vows are for life.” One might say, the first sense of the statement ought to be true. The second sense, must be true.

    In the first sense, when we pronounce vows, make solemn promises about the future before God and community, we should intend them to last the very length of our lives. This first sense of the statement, “vows are for life” is known and honored, if not always observed, by most.

  • The Hoya, the newspaper of Georgetown University, recently interviewed university president John J. DeGioia. Mr. DeGioia commented upon a number of topics, including what Georgetown hopes to embody as a Catholic, Jesuit university. This passage caught my eye:

  • Father Joseph W. Koterski, S.J.

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  • At the Wall Street Journal, Prof. John McWhorter ("A Facelift for Shakespeare") makes the case for a "translation" of Shakespeare, endorsing the plan of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to publish Shakespeare's 39 works into modern English. According to McWhorter: