The Church

Christian Dialectic and the Franciscan Church

Andrew M. Haines

The things we most cherish demand a “Platonic turn,” one that reaches into the muck of incomplete ideas, and with a bit of virtuous unknowing produces a glimpse of goodness worthy of deep affection.

The church

Temple Holy, Pilgrim's Joy

Gabe Jones

That jewel which fire could not destroy 
Some divine grace thou didst employ

The church

Goodness (still) Exists

Kyle Herrington

To affirm that “God is” and live in this awesome reality is the challenge of discipleship.

The church

How to Understand the Catholic Sex Abuse Crisis

Andrew M. Haines

The sooner we reject false fatalism, the sooner we can get on with addressing the Church's deepest problems at their root.

The church

'Man By Man, Become a Choir'

Andrew M. Haines

We should demand bishops who are willing to accept their "special responsibility." And we should strive to be as harmonious as possible.

The church

We Still Need Apostolic Bishops

Andrew M. Haines

For all the failures of the American bishops, it would be foolish to suppose they're anything less than successors to the Apostles. But if we believe this, we should vigorously demand it. 

The church

Avoiding Social Media's Toxic Catholicism

Mattias A. Caro

We can't possibly be part of a solution to the current crisis. We are also not part of the problem. But we'll never know enough to resolve it.

The church

The Synod and the Crucible

Andrew M. Haines

The youth synod is timely, but extremely ironic. We can't really hope that trends in faith or vocations will change anytime soon.

The church

My Meeting with Cardinal Law

Andrew M. Haines

My Catholic identity still rests on elements of faith instilled in my childhood. Not on a keen sense for sniffing out good churchmen.

The church

Is the Catechism Irrelevant?

Andrew M. Haines

The Catechism, today, shows more about the distortions of Catholic intellectualism than a failure by the Church to teach the truth.

Theology The church

Pope Francis and the Death Penalty: Has the Church's Teaching Changed?

Andrew M. Haines

Francis's teaching on capital punishment represents a discontinuity in the life of the Church. But one that highlights a deeper continuity.

The papacy Theology The church

Sex and the City of God

Andrew M. Haines

We're all victims, and enablers, in a culture of addiction that's endemic to Christians as much as anyone else.

Virtue The church

Talking with Jesuits

Andrew M. Haines

The present moment, both for the Church and for humanity, is one that we should entrust a bit more to "jesuitical" brilliance.

The papacy The church

Toward an 'Interior Continuity'

Andrew M. Haines

Stifling Pope Benedict's voice, who is perhaps the moral theologian par excellence, endangers not only the clarity of the moral message of the Church, but the formation of all Christian consciences.

The papacy The church

The Pain of Pope Benedict's Resignation

Andrew M. Haines

The personal decision of the Holy Father was a final public instruction on the practical, sometimes uncomfortable character of deep faith expected for each and every Christian.

The papacy The church

Ladaria: A Wonderful Appointment to Head the CDF

Andrew M. Haines

I remember him — back when he was just Father Ladaria — as an extremely gentle but intellectually powerful man.

The church

A Church Loved, Not Criticized

Andrew M. Haines

We should recall and speak first of “God’s wisdom, mysterious, hidden, which God predetermined before the ages for our glory."

Theology The church