The targeting of two prominent Catholics in Hong Kong — Cardinal Joseph Zen and pro-democracy layman Jimmy Lai — has raised questions about the future of religious freedom there for people of all faiths.
Conservatives fear the pope will give into public pressure; liberals fear that the hierarchy will reject their reforms. Francis, on the other hand, is focused on improving the mission of proclaiming the Gospel.
Good things can and do happen to bad organizations: The Astros have made it to the World Series again. But in the opposing dugout, you'll find the Astros' polar opposite. Let's cheer for the loveable underdog Phillies.
In Australia's multi-stage Plenary Council, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge saw the Holy Spirit — comforter and disrupter — at work, a dynamic also present in Pope Francis' style of synods, he writes.
In my own discernment, I talked to journalists who have covered the church, priest friends and my therapist about the offer. In the end, I decided that my commitment to transparency outweighed the value I could bring to the board.