Catholic Commentary

The Latest

Relic of the tilma of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the cathedral chapel in Los Angeles.

Voices: 'Our Lady of Guadalupe gave my family a miracle'

Dec 11, 2019

It was in December of 1991, while attending a novena in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Finbar... Read more

 Rome's Catacombs of St. Callixtus.

Commentary: Sri Lanka, martyrdom, and the light of faith

Apr 24, 2019

By Ed Condon

On Saturday night, the Church celebrated its most solemn and joyful liturgy.  Read more

Candle Vigil.

Commentary: What he's done for us at Easter

Apr 19, 2019

By JD Flynn

Easter tells us that we become saints through the work that he, and his grace, do in us, and through... Read more

U.S. President Ronald Reagan talks with Pope St. John Paul II. Courtesy U.S. Embassy to the Holy See

Commentary: US celebrates 35 years of diplomatic relations with the Holy See

Apr 9, 2019

Thirty-five years ago today, William A. Wilson presented his credentials to Pope John Paul II, becoming America’s first ambassador to... Read more

Commentary: Abortion, extremism, and the need for dialogue

Mar 4, 2019

By Michelle La Rosa

Last week, 44 U.S. Senators voted against legislation that would ban the willful or negligent homicide of babies -born alive... Read more

An unborn baby at 20 weeks.

Commentary: Defending life is a culture war worth fighting

Feb 4, 2019

By Ed Condon

Ralph Northam, outlined his support for a controversial state abortion bill. Speaking about the bill, he outlined a “discussion” about... Read more

Books. CNA file photo

Commentary: A few books for 2019

Jan 4, 2019

By JD Flynn

It’s probably a little late for retrospectives, but if you’re planning your 2019 reading list, here are six great novels... Read more

The Flight Into Egypt, Vittore Carpaccio. public domain.

Commentary: Is anyone 'ready' for Christmas?

Dec 21, 2018

By JD Flynn

We cannot be ready for the things that matter most unless Christ has come into our lives, and transformed them.  Read more

A child lights a candle at Christmas Mass.

Commentary: Advent is the remedy to our spiritual crisis

Dec 2, 2018

By JD Flynn

“Insincerity was an evil which sprang up within the Church from the first,” wrote Blessed John Henry Newman in 1839.... Read more


Commentary: Getting to forgiveness

Sep 19, 2018

By JD Flynn

I have spent most of this summer angry with Christ’s Church.  Read more

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.

Commentary: Red flags, abuse, and the final judgment

Sep 10, 2018

Christ tells us to recognize the false prophets, the ones who are secretly ravenous wolves longing to eat His people... Read more

Pope John Paul II.

The genius of woman: Redefining the strong, independent woman

Jul 27, 2018

 Today, CNA says farewell to our summer intern, Lizzy Joslyn. In her final week at CNA this summer, Lizzy offered... Read more

Commentary: The pope’s next steps on sexual abuse in Chile

May 18, 2018

By JD Flynn

After meeting with him for three days, and reading his reflections on the problem of clerical sexual abuse in their... Read more

Wrigley Field.

Commentary: Virtue and a losing team

May 11, 2018

By Ed Condon

Last week I offered to spend an afternoon carrying things for my aunt, who wanted to go to an airplane... Read more

Monsignor Thomas Green.

Commentary: Lessons from Monsignor Green

Apr 30, 2018

By JD Flynn

Monsignor Thomas Green, a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., died peacefully on Saturday morning. He was 79 years... Read more

Pope Francis.

Commentary: Reading Pope Francis in love

Apr 9, 2018

By JD Flynn

In his first homily as pope, Francis quoted Leon Bloy, the French convert, author, and mystic who has influenced some... Read more

University of Notre Dame.

Commentary: Why ‘CINO’ label isn’t helping the Church

Apr 3, 2018

By JD Flynn

On Monday, Villanova University won the NCAA basketball tournament for the second time in three years. The University of Notre... Read more

North Korean missiles.

Commentary: Would attacking North Korea be 'just war?'

Mar 1, 2018

As North Korea continues to develop its nuclear arsenal, should the United States contemplate a pre-emptive strike?  Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass.

Commentary: Placuit Deo against new paradigms

Mar 1, 2018

The first stirring sentences of the new CDF letter to bishops, Placuit Deo, reject the very notion of a “new... Read more

Pope Francis greets bishops.

Commentary: The Vatican gap between theory and practice

Feb 16, 2018

By Ed Condon

Yesterday Pope Francis issued a new letter motu proprio entitled Imparare a congedarsi, or “Learning to take your leave.”  Read more