Newt Gingrich: Struggle for Religious Freedom Will Define Future of the U.S. for Next 50 Years

As the Presidential elections draw closer, I caught up with former Republican Presidential candidate and erstwhile Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. In this Oct. 7 interview during a pilgrimage to Rome, Gingrich, an historian and convert to the faith, discusses his concerns about this year’s election in light of the next President’s possible choices

From Casuistry to Mercy, Towards a New Art of Pleasing? — An Essay on the Malaise in the Church by Msgr. Michel Schooyans

Here below, by kind permission, is an essay by the respected Msgr. Michel Schooyans on what he sees as the underlying causes of the current malaise in the Church and in wider society. Msgr. Schooyans has a doctorate in philosophy and theology and lectured at the Université Catholique de Louvain, as well as being a visiting professor at

Preview: SSPX’s Bishop Fellay Talks Exclusively to the National Catholic Register

Coming soon in a lengthy exclusive interview with the National Catholic Register, the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X gives an overview of current talks between the Society and the Holy See, his views on Pope Francis, and what he sees as the “catastrophic” state of the Church today. Look out for

A Call for ‘Ecological Conversion’

VATICAN CITY — In his encyclical Laudato Si, Pope Francis has issued a lengthy warning on the “destruction of the human environment” that draws on theology and “the best scientific research available today” to challenge all people to be better stewards of creation. The six-chapter, 184-page document, whose subtitle is “The Care for Our Common

Vatican to Prosecute Former Nuncio for Sexual Abuse

VATICAN CITY — A former papal nuncio will be tried in Vatican city state for sexual abuse of children and possession of child pornography. The Vatican announced on June 15 that Polish-born Józef Wesołowski will be tried July 11 by the Vatican’s criminal court, the jury of which will be made up entirely of laypeople.

Medjugorje Decision Will Take ‘Months,’ Says Vatican Spokesman

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican downplayed intense speculation that Pope Francis will decide very soon on “certain doctrinal and disciplinary aspects” of alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje, saying it will most probably take months, rather than days or weeks. In comments to the Register June 11, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said it is “hard

Ukraine to Be Hot Topic of Pope Francis-Vladimir Putin Meeting

VATICAN CITY — On Wednesday, for the second time in his pontificate, Pope Francis will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin in private audience, during which the Russian president is expected to explain Moscow’s position on the crisis in Ukraine. Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said the Russian leader hopes a “whole range of bilateral ties” will

Cardinal Pell’s Lawyer: Peter Saunders’ Allegations ‘Objectively False’

VATICAN CITY — A lawyer representing Cardinal George Pell has asked Peter Saunders, a sexual-abuse survivor and member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, to correct “false allegations” he has made against the cardinal and withdraw them. The move is just the latest development in a strange dispute that has left Vatican

Cardinal Müller Warns Against Adapting the Church to Today’s Often Pagan Lifestyles

Cardinal Gerhard Müller has spoken out firmly against trying to adapt the Church’s teaching to today’s often pagan lifestyles, saying such an approach introduces subjectivism and arbitrariness. In an interview with the Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost on June 6th, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith warned that placing “any so-called

Pope Will Go to Sarajevo as ‘Messenger of Peace’ 

VATICAN CITY — Peace and reconciliation will be the central focus of Pope Francis’ intense 11-hour trip on Saturday to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina. In a video message to the people of the city released Tuesday, the Holy Father said he was preparing to visit the central-European country as a “fellow messenger of peace.”

Other Previous Articles

Fighting for life in Europe

Contrary to what one might think if one were only to read the mainstream media, the pro-life movement in Europe has appeared to be growing in recent years. In this article, I spoke with a number of leaders in the field to find out to what extent the growth is real, and what challenges remain.

Holocaust Memorial Alters Wording on the Wartime Role of Pope Pius XII

In 2012, the Yad Vashem’s Holocaust museum decided to alter a caption describing Pope Pius XII wartime record in saving Jewish lives during World War II, removing some of the harsh judgements but not going far enough according to many in the Church. In this article, I tried to present the views from both sides about an issue that many feel passionate about .

Plastic Surgery, Not Just For The Rich and Famous

Is plastic surgery ethical? How does the Church view it? In this 2010 article for the National Catholic Register, I recalled previous papal statements on the issue, and interviewed a Catholic doctor and moral theologian about the practice.

A Life Of Faith

Sometimes an atheist or agnostic will say they would like to believe in God, they just don’t know where to start. In this 2012 interview I made with Pope’s theologian, Fr Wojciech Giertych explains how a life of faith begins. The interview was timed to coincide with the Year of Faith which runs until November 2013

Naming of New Cardinals Prompts Speculation About Next Pope

After Pope Benedict XVI called a Eurocentric consistory in January 2012, many began speculating that his successor will come from Europe. For this article for Newsmax, I explained the possible consequences of the Pope’s decision. He held another mini-consistory later that year in which all of the new cardinals were non-Europeans.

Pope Benedict to Join Twitter – First Tweet By Year’s End

I was the first journalist to break the news that the Pope was to join Twitter with his own account. The story was later picked up by Associated Press and reported worldwide. In the article for Newsmax, I spoke with a senior Vatical official about the Twitter initiative which was officially launched in early December 2012.

Interview with Archbishop Gerhard Mueller

In this interview for the National Catholic Register, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith discusses the state of relations with the Society of St. Pius X and his priorities in arguably the most influential Vatican post.

Why Did Vatican II Ignore Communism?

Despite Soviet Communism being at its height in 1962, there were no references to Communism in the Second Vatican Council documents. In this article for Catholic World Report, I spoke with numerous Church scholars to discover the reasons for the omission and speculate on the kind of impact it had on the Church in the years that followed.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Momentous Year

A look back on the Holy Father’s year with a summary of the top papal stories of 2012.

The Changing Faiths in the Gulf

After a visit to the United Arab Emirates in 2008, I wrote the following piece for Newsweek about the phenomenal growth in the number of Christians living in the Gulf, many of whom are employed as guest workers.

“A Good Future”

In this interview for Newsweek, the then-Irish President Mary McAleese shared with me the chances for lasting peace in Northern Ireland, her family’s flight from Belfast because of “the troubles” and her efforts to bridge the sectarian divide.

Who Could Replace Pope Benedict?

Every so often, the secular press will embark on a feast of speculation about the next possible Pope, especially when health issues of the current Pontiff become a cause for concern. That was the case in 2009 when Pope Benedict, then 82, fell and broke his wrist while on holiday. Here was my list of papabile at that time, in an article for Newsweek.

Road to Sainthood

An analysis for Newsweek on claims that a French sister had been miraculously cured of Parkinson’s disease, paving the way for the beatification of Pope John Paul II.

Blair: Religions Should Play Greater Role in the Peace Process

A 2009 interview with Middle East Quartet peace envoy Tony Blair on chances for peace in the Holy Land, and the possible role religions could and should play in the process – for / The Holy Land Review.

Consultancy and Educational Services on the
Papacy, the Vatican and the Catholic Church