May 25, 2020
Easter joy gives us the eyes to see those hints of eternity in the here and now, writes Matt Malone, S.J.
On April 25, Catholic leaders joined a conference call with President Trump that was supposed to be about Catholic education. The aftermath of that meeting elicited many strong responses from America’s readers.
It would be a powerful outward sign of unity in the church if the pope emeritus and those who advise him sought to avoid situations in which his public comments will be inevitably misused to suggest a division that Benedict has never wanted.
The sacrifice of those we remember this month with “our undying gratitude” will not have been in vain.
Central governments must be able to respond to crises, writes Bill McCormick, S.J., but President Trump’s claim of “total” authority is a reminder that democracies must also be able to maintain limits on power.
Interviews with physicians, public health experts, priests and diocesan leaders all elicited at least one common refrain: Even when public Masses resume, parish life will not feel normal for a while.
The mass protests that had roiled Hong Kong since June 2019, now largely subsided because of the Covid-19 pandemic, are likely to return, many warn, because of recent gestures by Beijing to tighten control over the former British colony.