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Blessing or a Curse?

Stephen White of Catholic University writes about the news of the Flemish bishops’ document allowing for a blessing of same-sex relationships. “Of course, the Church’s fundamental objection to homosexual unions… Read More

Obedience: Virtue and Counsel

In college, someone recommended that I read A Right to Be Merry by Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C. When I finished it, I knew two things: cloistered religious life was absolutely… Read More

The Lay Vocation

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the vocation specific to the laity: “While many lay people continue to clamor for a seat at the clerical table – worrying themselves… Read More

How is the Church governed?

A question that keeps coming up for me regarding the synod on synodality is, “What do you mean by X?” X could be lay participation; women’s decision-making; hierarchical ministry; governance;… Read More

A Consistory, but not (yet) a Conclave

The College of Cardinals will convene in Rome at the end of this week for a series of events which will undoubtedly be watched with more than the usual level… Read More

Marriage and Divorce

“[Jesus] said to them, ‘Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. I say to you,… Read More

The Church before Herod

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the figure of Herod Antipas, particularly in the story recounted in the Gospel of Luke, where Jesus appears before Herod before he is… Read More

The Inevitable Inequality of Bodies

I went to see the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard III last month. The actor playing Richard in this production has radial dysplasia, which added a certain amount of… Read More

The Splendor of the “Splendor of Truth”

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor (“The Splendor of Truth”). “Underlying many of the criticisms of Veritatis Splendor is the belief that it… Read More

The Eucharistic Revival and the Art of Gathering: Part 2

This is the second part of my little series on the National Eucharistic Revival and Priya Parker’s book, The Art of Gathering. Last time, I applied Parker’s first three points… Read More

Notes from Poland 2022

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on his time in Krakow, Poland during the summer of 2022 at the annual Tertio Millennio Seminar with the Ethics and Public Policy Center.… Read More

In Gratitude to John Garvey

Stephen White shares a reflection on John Garvey as he retires as President of Catholic University: “The Garveys are leaving Catholic University after twelve years. No one haughty has ever… Read More