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Dr Philippa Martyr: Catholic youth are the true heirs of Vatican...

Young Catholics are excited about the future of the church in Australia, and they should be. It’s theirs for the taking.

George Weigel is mistaken. Synodality gives life to the vision of...

I was not surprised by George Weigel’s continuing criticism of Pope Francis and the coming Synod of Bishops (The Catholic Weekly, 9 July, 2023). I was surprised that his discussion of Vatican II’s central document Lumen Gentium ignored one of its most striking features.

The lasting legacy of Pope Benedict XVI

By Russell Shaw After spending more than 20 years as prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during the papacy of...

Joseph Ratzinger, pray for us!

Joseph Ratzinger – the late Pope Benedict XVI – meant a huge amount to me. He first came on my radar when he was...

Joseph Ratzinger: a man of the Church

When I learned of the death of Pope Benedict XVI on the eve of the new year, I prayed in thanks for the life...

Pope Benedict: Eight years as pope capped long ministry as teacher...

Retired Pope Benedict XVI, who had an impressive record as a teacher and defender of the basics of Catholic faith, is likely to go...

George Weigel – The real field hospital

In December 2021 and May 2022, I had the pleasure of teaching a mini-course in Rome, exploring the life and thought of St John...

Traditionis Custodes: a church big enough for all of us

I love the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), but not to the exclusion of all other masses. Because of this, I don’t like Traditionis Custodes. Thankfully in Australia our bishops — like most bishops worldwide — have applied it with common sense and have left most TLM communities alone. I think Pope Benedict’s solution was better […]
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Fr John Flader Q&A: Motu proprio a discipline

Can you tell me what the new regulations issued by Pope Francis for the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass will mean for those...

Larry Chapp: Reactions slide into disunity – Vatican II

Yes, Pope Francis sometimes says things that make us stop and wonder. But seeing this as some sort of ground for rejecting Vatican II...

St John Paul II: Someone the Church really needed

In looking upon John Paul II as a kind of hero, and acknowledging his personal holiness, we must not lose sight of his humanity, his struggles, his suffering

Plenary 2020: the creeping clericalisation of the laity

The commitment of lay persons is politicised when the laity is absorbed by the exercise of power within the Church.  That happens when the Church is not seen in terms of the mystery of grace that characterises her, but rather in sociological or even political terms.
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