The dynamics of Conclave 2013

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was the obvious, leading candidate to succeed John Paul II. There is no such clear frontrunner in 2013.

The next pope will uphold the teaching of ‘Humanae Vitae’

My nephew with a masters in theology from a Catholic university and I were trying our best to have a meaningful discussion while fishing. Which is harder than you might think when they’re biting.

The legacy of Benedict XVI

Joseph Ratzinger proved himself a man of surprises. What did he accomplish, and what was left undone, over a pontificate of almost eight years?

Letters to Gluestick, part 3: The marriage ‘obstacle’ insult!

Editor’s Note: On the occasion of the Year of Faith, the following is the second in a series of “letters” from a demonic supervisor...

Transforming power of mercy brings healing

There’s a peace that comes over you when you’ve made your peace with God — a peace that the world cannot destroy.

Following Jesus in a skeptical age

Adult converts to the faith like my own father can often tell you an exact time when they heard God’s call to follow Him, and how it brought such wondrous changes for good.

Resignation just one of many surprises of Benedict’s pontificate

Known for his surprises, nobody saw Pope Benedict's resignation coming.

Open Letter to Pope Benedict XVI

With filial affection and deep gratitude, I greet you in my own name and the name of my Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares and all the clergy, religious and laity of the Diocese of Phoenix, and I assure you of our best wishes and prayers as you prepare for retirement from the duties of the Petrine ministry.

40 years after ‘Roe’ and 53 years after the pill, we still don’t get...

Contraception has been readily available for some 53 years. In 1960, there were about 800 legal abortions a year; today there's more than 1.2 million. The only rational conclusion is that contraception somehow fuels abortion.

Apostles of Mercy — A Pastoral Letter to the Priests of the Diocese of...

Apostles of Mercy — A Pastoral Letter to the Priests of the Diocese of Phoenix from the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted On the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.