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Analysis: The US Church is going broke. Here's why, and what it could mean

May 6, 2020

By JD Flynn

The collapsing global economy will have an enduring and dramatic impact on parishes, chanceries, and other Catholic ministries.  Read more

Closed church.

Analysis: Policy and pastoral leadership in a time of crisis

Apr 3, 2020

By Ed Condon, JD Flynn

Bishops are struggling to adjust to the pastoral emergency which has accompanied the coronavirus pandemic. The results have been mixed.  Read more

A Dutch church closed because of the global Coronavirus pandemic.

Analysis: The sacramental shutdown, coronavirus, and canon law

Mar 26, 2020

By Ed Condon, JD Flynn

The coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption around the world. To politics, economics, and to the life of the Church: most... Read more

Pope Francis received at the Vatican members of the  USCCB Region XII for their “ad Limina Apostolorum” visit on Feb. 3, 2020.

Analysis: Pope Francis’ diplomatic triumph with US bishops 

Mar 6, 2020

By Ed Condon

Months of papal meetings with American prelates appear to have proved a quiet, but noteworthy, triumph of pastoral diplomacy at... Read more

Pope Francis speaks in the Vatican's synod hall, Oct. 7, 2019.

Analysis: Will Francis send Amazon celibacy decision up the river?

Feb 3, 2020

By Ed Condon, JD Flynn

A leaked draft of an anticipated apostolic exhortation on the Amazon started a flurry of speculation last week that Pope... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Analysis: The Vatican's finance scandal, and faithful stewardship

Dec 16, 2019

By JD Flynn

The Vatican’s unfolding financial scandal has not yet led to action at the Vatican. To understand why, it’s important to... Read more

Secretary of State of the Holy See Cardinal Pietro Parolin during a meeting with President of Ukraine, June, 2016.

Analysis: What will the Vatican tell Moneyval?

Nov 26, 2019

By Ed Condon

Next month, the Holy See is due to send a report to Moneyval, the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering watchdog,... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Analysis: Pell, and the politics of Rome

Aug 23, 2019

By Ed Condon

With no further civil progress likely, and Cardinal George Pell almost sure to remain in prison for the foreseeable future,... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput. CNA file photo.

Analysis: The pastoral approach of Archbishop Charles Chaput

Aug 12, 2019

By JD Flynn

Archbishop Charles Chaput is not a cardinal. He has never been an officer at the U.S. bishops’ conference. He has... Read more

Pope Francis in the gateway to Peru's Madre de Dios region in the Amazon January 19, 2018.

Analysis: The Amazon synod and the English language

Jul 4, 2019

By JD Flynn

The recent history of Church synods suggests that the results of the Amazon meeting will likely not match the intensity... Read more

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick at the Vatican, March 11, 2013

Analysis: One year after McCarrick, what's next for the Church?

Jun 19, 2019

By JD Flynn

Exactly one year after revelations about the sexual abuse of then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick were made public, the Church in the... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez at a June 11 press conference.

Analysis: How will the USCCB vote in first elections since McCarrick scandal?

Jun 17, 2019

By JD Flynn

While the spring meeting of the U.S. bishops’ conference has only just concluded, some bishops are already looking to the... Read more

The USCCB autumn General Assembly in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 12, 2018.

Analysis: Bp. Bransfield, the USCCB, and the Holy Spirit

Jun 6, 2019

By JD Flynn

The U.S. bishops arrive in Baltimore next week for their second plenary meeting in the year of serious crisis that... Read more

Pope Francis.

Analysis: 'Vos estis' and 'vulnerability'

May 13, 2019

By Ed Condon

Pope Francis’ recently promulgated policy on sexual abuse allegations made against bishops, Vos estis lux mundi, offers a new and... Read more

Demonstrators from Georgetown University outside the 2018 USCCB Fall General Assembly in Baltimore.

Analysis: Is Pope Francis' new abuse plan the answer Catholics are looking for?

May 9, 2019

By JD Flynn

Pope Francis, the “pope of surprises,” lived up to his nickname this morning, by releasing a comprehensive canonical plan to... Read more

Analysis: Power, and its appearance, in Vatican curial reform

May 8, 2019

By Ed Condon

In the coming months, Pope Francis is expected to approve a final draft of a new governing constitution for the... Read more

Bishop Richard Malone. CNA file photo.

Analysis: With bishops in a tight spot, will priests get squeezed?

May 1, 2019

By JD Flynn

As bishops address the clerical sexual abuse crisis, will they ensure the canonical rights of priests?  Read more

Analysis: Curial reform aims for unity in service, not a team of rivals

Apr 26, 2019

By Ed Condon

Pope Francis is widely expected to approve a new structure for the Roman curia in the near future. While the... Read more

Pete Buttigieg campaigns in New Hampshire, April, 2019.

Analysis: How politics is shaping morality, and how religious voters might respond

Apr 17, 2019

By Ed Condon

As the 2020 Presidential race begins in earnest, between the two parties sits a growing number of voters motivated by... Read more

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on June 28, 2017.

Analysis: How Benedict's essay supports Francis' call for 'zero tolerance'

Apr 11, 2019

By Ed Condon

At the heart of his new essay, Benedict XVI insists that the purpose of punishing the perpetrators of sexual abuse... Read more