Catholic History for Today’s Church

Catholic History for Today’s Church: How Our Past Illuminates our Present. By John W. O’Malley, SJ. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015 (A Sheed & Word Book). Kindle edition. John O’Malley, SJ is a history professor in the theology department at Georgetown University and a specialist in the history of the Catholic Church in the […]


Reflections on the Reformation 500th

The Reformation began, according to historians, on the eve of All Saints (Halloween) when Martin Luther posted an invitation to debate the indulgence issued by the Pope Leo X (1513-1521)  to donors to the reconstruction of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The invitation to debate was formulated in Luther’s famous 95 theses which were said […]



Exploring Catholic Theology

Exploring Catholic Theology: Essays on God, Liturgy and Evangelization. By Bp. Robert Barron. Grand Rapids, MI, 2015 (E-book edition).   Bp. Robert Barron was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 19, 1959 and ordained a priest on May 24, 1986. He earned his MA in philosophy and the Basselin Scholarship in philosophy and public speaking […]


The Road to Character

The Road to Character. By David Brooks.  New York: Penguin Random House, 2015. (Kindle edition).   Many of our readers know David Brooks from his editorials in the New York Times and his television appearances. For some time he has been writing editorials on what constitutes character. This is the trait of soul that marks […]



Pope Francis Meets Patriarch Kirill in Cuba

The Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow (Russia) has not met with the Pope since 1054 A.D. …until February 12, 2016. The two religious leaders met in the airport at Havana as the Pope travelled to Mexico for an apostolic visit. They issued a joint declaration of thirty paragraphs clearly expressing their desire for unity, peace, and […]



Ecumenism of Life: It must be real

The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council made it clear that ecumenical spirituality was no longer a mere movement of some of the Christian churches. It has become an essential part of the Christian way of life, and of the mission of the church. Since the council this view of the way in which the unity of […]