Massimo Faggioli is a professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University.

The statue of a Confederate general, Albert Pike, after it was toppled by protesters and set on fire in Washington, D.C., on  June 20. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
Politics & Society Short Take
Massimo FaggioliJune 22, 2020
Massimo Faggioli: Some statues deserve toppling. But it’s not necessarily the most constructive way to build a different future.
Faith Faith and Reason
Massimo FaggioliJune 01, 2020
When is it appropriate to criticize a reigning pope, and what implications does that question have for Catholic ecclesiology?
Faith Faith and Reason
Massimo FaggioliJanuary 09, 2019
There is no question that the process for the appointment of bishops should be updated. But the election of bishops with procedures similar to democratic elections would only exacerbate all kinds of rifts in the Catholic Church today.
Faith Ideas
Massimo FaggioliSeptember 12, 2017
"Magnum Principium," the new apostolic letter released motu proprio by Pope Francis, is returning authority to regional bishops' conferences in matters of liturgical translation. But why and how?
Massimo FaggioliFebruary 11, 2014
It is very difficult for European Catholics to make sense of the polarization within the Catholic Church in the United States. I grew up in Northern Italy and studied and worked for almost 20 years at the University of Bologna, my alma mater and the oldest university in Europe, founded in 1088. In t