Massimo Faggioli is professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University. His most recent book is The Liminal Papacy of Pope Francis: Moving toward Global Catholicity (Orbis).

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The cultural disarmament of progressive Catholic bishops

Commentary: Conservative bishops and their allies, especially in the United States, continue to overshadow their more progressive confreres in putting forth a vision for the Catholic Church.


The Church's demagogues: Can synodality rebalance the charismatic celebrities?

Commentary: Pope Francis' push for synodality inside the Church coincides chronologically with the rise of populist leaders and the crisis of democracy on the outside.


No easy solutions: a response to Weigel's critique of the Vatican-China deal

Commentary: George Weigel makes three faulty assumptions when criticizing the 2018 Vatican-China agreement, the most important diplomatic success of Pope Francis' pontificate.


New Australian report may help church find its way out of abuse crisis

Commentary: There are signs that the Catholic Church's response to the sexual abuse crisis is now getting at deeper, institutional questions. A unique example that could bring encouraging news has come from Australia.