COMMENTARY: In the heat of a summer Sydney morning, a singular funeral marked the end of a singular life.
COMMENTARY: As Cardinal Pell, Bishop Bätzing and others would testify from different perspectives, papal interview controversies are not rare, but rarely corrected.
COMMENTARY: St. Mary’s Cathedral was packed for midday Mass offered by Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of Perth, president of the Australian bishops’ conference. An evening Mass was offered by Archbishop Charles Balvo, apostolic nuncio in Australia.
COMMENTARY: Cardinal Robert McElroy’s comments last week, arguing the synod is the correct place to overturn core Catholic teachings, have spotlighted how the Synod on Synodality’s leaders are themselves manipulating the process in pursuit of this same objective.
COMMENTARY: Jettisoning the distinction between ‘orientation and activity’ means the end of chastity as a virtue to be strived for — or implies that ‘the LBGT community’ is not capable of chastity and should therefore be preached a lesser Gospel.
COMMENTARY: Collaborating with the cardinal at World Youth Day in Sydney was a high point of our relationship, but equally significant was his inspiring witness of courage — and encouragement to others — in the face of grave setbacks.
COMMENTARY: Looking back on our 25-year friendship, I thank Cardinal Pell for reminding me of what is most important.
COMMENTARY: The funeral of Cardinal George Pell provides a useful opportunity to know the usual practice for a cardinal of the Roman Curia.
COMMENTARY: The death and funeral observances also offered rather remarkable symmetries that echoed aspects of Benedict’s life.