FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
In his first public lecture as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Archbishop Arthur Roche left no doubt as to the direction the congregation will take under his leadership.
FaithFaith and Reason
Francis J. Butler
Archbishop (later Cardinal) John Francis Dearden of Detroit (1907-88) played an exceptionally significant role in paving the way for what Pope Francis is trying to do in reviving the ancient practice of including all the baptized in the work and mission of the church.
FaithNews Analysis
Colleen Dulle
How did a Catholic TV station known for its prayer programs get involved in broadcasting attacks on the pope that he felt compelled to publicly denounce as “the work of the devil”?
Pope Francis speaks at a clear lectern during a homily.
Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service
In the preface to a new book, Pope Francis writes how Vatican II has been central to his personal spirituality, and discusses how the church must continue to implement its insights.
FaithShort Take
Austen Ivereigh
“Let us not forget that a faith that is not inculturated is not authentic,” Francis told the Latin American Confederation of Religious.
America Video

On July 16, 2021, Pope Francis issued a bombshell decree restricting the pre-Vatican II Mass. It's called “Traditionis Custodes” or, in English, “Guardians of the tradition.” It overrides and reverses a 2007 decree from Pope Benedict that made generous accommodations for its use across the Catholic Church. Why did Francis reverse course? What does this mean for the Catholics who celebrate the pre-Vatican II Mass? And how will this decision affect the all-important unity of the Catholic Church? Colleen Dulle, host of America Media's "Inside the Vatican" podcast breaks it all down.