bishops

The Old and the New

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the reality of bishops emeritus; what does it mean to be a retired bishop? “What does it mean for a father to ‘retire’?… Read More

An up-close look at the state of our priests

For Our Sunday Visitor this month, Catholic University’s Stephen White wrote a summary and reflections on the clergy abuse crisis, the Church’s response, and how it has affected priests. “Of… Read More

Baby Steps: What’s in a Name?

I have been slowly reading through the first write-in section of our national survey of Catholic priests. We asked priests, “In your opinion, what is one step that should be… Read More

Shot Rolling on the Deck

Sometimes I send my column to particular friends who I think may have insights on the topic that would help either the writing or the content. One friend who shares… Read More

Authority: Patrick O’Brian and the Church

I wrote recently about obedience in the context of authority in the Church, and I promised a part two on leadership. It is easy to see how obedience can be… Read More

A Red Hat for San Diego

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the recent appointment of Bishop Robert McElroy of the Diocese of San Diego to the cardinalate. “But Bishop McElroy’s elevation to the College… Read More

The German Response

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the recent response of Bishop Georg Bätzing to concerns about the German Church’s “Synodal Path.” “For all the talk about the need for… 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

A Beginning by the Bishops, Not the End

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the USCCB General Assembly of November 2021. “The deep divisions in the Church make it clear that the Church needs a big change.… Read More

Who Benefits from the Status Quo?

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the recent reports from the meeting of Pope Francis and President Biden, in which the president claims the pope told him that Biden… Read More

Speaking of the Synod

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the synod preparatory document released this week. “Why then don’t our shepherds speak and write in a way that is recognizably Christian! When… Read More

Our Indefensible, Unsustainable Status Quo

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the recent conversation among the bishops regarding the Eucharist: “Now, questions about ‘Eucharistic consistency’ and Communion for politicians who oppose Church teaching are… Read More