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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Online course shows synodality is about the church breaking old, bad habits

Commentary: Even though it's not a new concept in church history, synodality is a new term for most Catholics. But help is on the way, in the form of a massive online course led by experts — lay and clergy, men and women.


To stop Russian manipulation, Francis must make Vatican's stand on Ukraine clear

Commentary: The only way to end the manipulation of the Vatican's position by the Russian state and Russian Orthodox Church media is to stop producing actions and statements that can be interpreted to feed Russian propaganda.


Opposition to Pope Francis is rooted in a rejection of Vatican II

Commentary: There is a parallel between the rejection of the Second Vatican Council and the relationship between the U.S. church and Pope Francis. Opposition to Francis is rooted in the opposition to Vatican II.

Book Review

Jesuit John O'Malley's memoir tells his 'strange and wonderful story'

Book review: The Education of a Historian, the just-published memoir by influential Jesuit Fr. John W. O'Malley, helps readers understand some enormous differences between Catholicism in the mid-20th century and today.