Voices
John W. O’Malley, S.J., is University Professor emeritus in the theology department at Georgetown University.
FaithFaith and Reason
John W. O’Malley
History shows that authority in the church has taken many forms.
FaithFaith and Reason
John W. O’Malley
The founder of the Jesuits writes, “What seems to me white, I will believe black if the hierarchical Church so defines.” Let’s unpack that.
John W. O'Malley, S.J., and Howard Gray, S.J. (photo: America/CNS)
FaithFaith in Focus
John W. O’Malley
If the church is a field hospital, I have known a place within the church where the wounded have flocked for many decades. I am speaking, of course, of Howard Gray.
Arts & CultureBooks
John W. O’Malley
Largely forgotten today, Ignaz von Döllinger was one of the most widely respected Catholic intellectuals of his day.
Heart to Heart. Pope Francis greets a Muslim woman as he meets residents at the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece, on April 16.
John W. O’Malley
The blueprint for Pope Francis' pontificate has from the very first instant been Vatican II.
John W. O’Malley
Unlike the other synods held since the Second Vatican Council, the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to discuss the family, held in Rome last October, sparked widespread interest. It did so for two reasons. First, the open and lively debate in the synod contrasted starkly with the muted
Pope Francis leaves at end of the general audience at the Vatican, October 29.
In All Things
John W. O’Malley
Ross Douthat rsquo s article in the nbsp New York Times on Sunday sounded the alarm Pope Francis through his Synod on the Family has brought the church to the edge of a precipice If the synod continues on its present trajectory it will ldquo sow confusion among the church rsquo s orthodox adhere
Faith
Blase J. CupichStephen P. WhiteDrew ChristiansenKaren Sue SmithRobert P. ImbelliPatrick Gilger, S.J.Stephen BullivantMeghan J. ClarkRichard RohrJohn W. O’MalleyJames Hanvey
Editor’s note: The historic interview with Pope Francis (Am. 9/30) has generated a great deal of dialogue in the church and in society at large. We asked several writers to offer their reactions to the pope’s words. Selections from these responses are printed below. The full versions of
Pope Francis arrives for meeting with Catholic communicators during audience at Vatican
John W. O’Malley
From John W. O'Malley, S.J.: Francis lives the council's message in word and deed.
John W. O’Malley
The first question asked of Pope Francis in the widely reported impromptu press conference on July 28 during the flight home from World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro was, not surprisingly, related to the Roman Curia: “What type of reform do you have in mind?” In his reply, the pope first m