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Bishops have every right to challenge Catholic politicians on abortion. Deploying Communion as a bludgeon to selectively sanction elected officials on a single issue is not the answer.
Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis' new apostolic exhortation is an encouraging effort to urge all Christians on. Yet some passages appear directed at specific audiences or events in the recent life of the church.
Distinctly Catholic: The Land O'Lakes document and John Paul II's Ex Corde Ecclesiae may represent ends of the pendulum's arc. But that is how humans walk through history.
Distinctly Catholic: Fr. Federico Lombardi, retired Vatican spokesman, shares what he experienced at his ringside seat during the papacies of John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis.