Hope and Dying

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the virtue of hope in view of the reality of death. “Add Christian hope, born of faith, to the inevitability of death and… Read More

Stopping the Line: Lessons from Toyota for Implementing Vos Estis

GM, Toyota, and NUMMI In the early 1980’s, cars coming out of a GM plant in Fremont, California were falling apart. They often needed to be fixed before they were… Read More

Transparency is Pastoral

Stephen White of Catholic University writes about the case of the Argentinian bishop, Gustavo Zanchetta, who was recently sentenced to prison for the sexual abuse of young men. “The Zanchetta… Read More

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Church Workers

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson became a classic of the… Read More

The Synod Comes to Catholic University

Stephen White of Catholic University writes about Catholic University’s engagement in the synod on synodality: “If synodality is meant to be ‘Lumen Gentium put more fully into practice,’ then it… Read More

The Global Synod at Catholic University

(Media Release, February 15, 2022) The Catholic University of America is fully engaging in the global synod process called for by Pope Francis, beginning with a public conversation on Feb. 28… Read More

Sufjan Stevens, C.S. Lewis, and the Synod

I went to a Sufjan Stevens concert in Philadelphia about ten years ago. It was his tour for The Age of Adz but he played some of his older stuff… Read More

Benedict’s Mea Culpa

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the letter of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI regarding the allegations that he mishandled clergy sexual abuse when he was the Archbishop of Munich.… Read More

Listening is an Act of Love

The first time I heard the phrase, “Listening is an act of love,” was when I started listening to Storycorps on NPR, probably over ten years ago. The first time… Read More

Catholic Social Teaching: An Account of Reality

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on Catholic Social Teaching, which is more than a set of policies or practices: “But the Church is not a political convention; her social… Read More

Baptism is the Rite You Are Looking For

One of the things that attracted me to Pope Francis early in his pontificate was his willingness to challenge established protocols and to do what he thought was appropriate in… Read More

What’s at Stake with the Synod?

Stephen White of Catholic University writes about the ongoing “synod on synodality” in the Catholic Church. “The mission of the Church is nothing less than the proclamation of the Gospel… Read More