Tuesday, December 5, 2023
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
TCT Senior Editor Brad Miner and Robert Royal discuss the importance of St. John Henry Newman in his time and ours, especially how some of his key subjects — development of doctrine, authority, and the history of the Faith — are very much in play during this period of “synodality.”
Monday, November 20, 2023
The American bishops were in Baltimore last week for their annual Fall meeting amidst controversies over synodality, relations with Rome, and much more. Francis X. Maier and Robert Royal discuss some of the major issues and what they’re likely to mean for the Church in America in the coming year.
Monday, November 13, 2023
Fr. Gerald Murray and Robert Royal discuss some of the latest developments in Rome on “trans” people and baptism, Bishop Strickland’s removal, the U.S. bishops’ meeting in Baltimore this week, and related subjects.
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Fr. Gerald Murray and Robert Royal discuss two issues that surfaced in Rome last week. First, Pope Francis published an Apostolic Letter calling for a “paradigm shift” in theology, meaning that Christian thought will largely take its cues from “context” rather than “abstract ideas.” Second, rumors are circulating that the Vatican is considering changes in how popes are elected, perhaps even including non-Cardinals and lay people.
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Fr. Gerald Murray and Robert Royal discuss the synodal document approved on Saturday in Rome, particularly the significance of the surprising removal of the term LGBT from the final version and the relatively strong opposition to suggestions of further study on women deaconesses.
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Father Robert Sirico and Robert Royal discuss “The Hong Konger,” a documentary film about Jimmy Lai, an imprisoned Catholic business man and media giant who has stood up to the encroachments of the Communist Chinese regime. No senior figure in the Vatican has said a word about his case.
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Fr. Gerald Murray joins Robert Royal in today’s podcast to discuss some of the radical claims synod participants have recently made, their questioning even of the apostolic tradition, and what authority the novel form of synod now underway has – or does not have.
Friday, October 20, 2023
Fr. Raymond de Souza and Robert Royal discuss how the Synod on Synodality is going to operate during its upcoming, final week — in terms of many unresolved questions and the hot-button issues that seem to be moving quietly along outside of public scrutiny.
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Diane Montagna discusses the public presentation of a woman religious in the Synod hall, which made a nonsensical claim about women’s liturgies in the early Church; and a statement by over 2200 Catholic women reaffirming the Church’s teaching about female roles, as well as the true dignity of women in Catholicism.
Monday, October 16, 2023
Veteran Vaticanista Joan Lewis provides some historical context about how the Holy See has historically managed news and information at events like the current Synod, and how things are very different this time.
Friday, October 13, 2023
Fr. Robert Sirico and Robert Royal discuss a new book of essays by and about the late great Australian Cardinal Pell Contra Mundum, and his view of the synodal process as a “toxic nightmare” from which the Church must awake.
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Theologian and director of a Catholic Worker farm Larry Chapp speaks with Robert Royal in Rome about how philosophers and theologians did not respond adequately to challenges before and after the Second Vatican Council — and how as a result, Catholic thinkers must now step up, in both theory and, especially, practice.
Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Veteran Vatican journalist Edward Pentin joins Robert Royal to discuss how synods have changed since the beginning of the current pontificate, and how what is currently being said about the synod differs from what is being done.
Monday, October 9, 2023
PODCAST: Is the Holy Spirit the “protagonist” at the Synod? (with Diane Montagna and Fr. Gerald E. Murray)
Saturday, October 7, 2023
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Thursday, September 21, 2023
The Catholic Church has always been evolving – through the Apostolic tradition – to bring the message of Jesus Christ to a changing world. The great question faced by attendees at the Synod on Synodality is this: Will Catholicism remain faithful to the deposit of the Faith – to the Catechism and the Magisterium? That’s the challenge we’ll chronicle here at ‘The Vatican Thing.’