The Joy of the Gospel: Part I

Pope Francis released his first individually authored document today titled Evangelii Gaudium, “The Joy of the Gospel.” The text itself is rather daunting, weighing in at 224 pages (according to the Vatican edition; Reuters reported this morning that the online version is closer to 84 full-letter-size pages) and containing more-than two-hundred footnotes. However, an initial glance […]

Saint Francis, Pope Francis, and The Gospel

I think it’s fair to say that today’s off-script remarks in Cagliari, Sardinia, represents one of the most “Franciscan” actions of his pontificate so far. Reuters reports: Francis, at the start of a day-long trip to the Sardinian capital, Cagliari, put aside his prepared text at a meeting with unemployed workers, including miners in hard hats […]

Reconsidering Our Ecclesiastical Priorities: Penance and Social Justice

Reports out of the Fall USCCB assembly have been mixed, to say the least. News outlets and social-media sources have effectively reported on some of the more controversial statements, discussions, proposed texts, and documents to be the subject of consideration in Baltimore in recent days. To be fair, not everything has been negative. Take, for […]

New Vatican Document on Economy Released (Updated)

While the text is not yet available online [UPDATE: Link to full text!], news reports outline the new text titled, “Toward Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of Global Public Authority,” drafted by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Here is a brief overview published by Catholic News Service this morning.  For […]