He re-established the simple but immense fact of the Church’s authority to declare the objective truth of Catholic doctrine
Pope John Paul’s major achievement for the Church was to recover Pope John’s original purpose: to “guard” and to teach more efficaciously “the sacred deposit of Christian doctrine”
Pope Benedict was no less a pontiff of profound personal humility because he wore red shoes and lived in the papal apartments
What we need is an intelligent application of the science of casuistry: after all, we have a Jesuit Pope: Jesuits are supposed to be good at it
Our democracy is built on the fundamental principle that we are one nation and that there is one law for everyone
Is Fr Robert Byrne’s appointment a sign of things to come? How many more orthodox bishops can we now expect?
The trouble with using the Church as a scapegoat is that it allows society to avoid facing its own more serious sex abuse crisis
Episcopal attacks on politicians are just too easy; politicians are always unpopular. But the Government isn’t always to blame for much of for the real hardship
This is not a good start to his cardinalatial ministry; he admits that he might benefit from a ministerial briefing on the complexities of government policy. He should ask for one
The NCR’s scepticism is shared by the author of Hitler’s Pope: shouldn’t that in itself give pause for thought?