Lionheart, by Robert Royal

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By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing, May 23, 2022

Robert Royal is editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing and president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C. His most recent books are Columbus and the Crisis of the West and A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century.

Note: After decades of seeming stagnation, the abortion question has entered a new era. The Supreme Court seems poised to overturn Roe. The midterm elections in November are likely to result in a pro-life Congress. And now some American bishops – SF Archbishop Cordileone in the lead – have shown they mean business with “pro-abortion Catholics.” We’re going to see new dynamics in American politics, the American Church, and – not least – in the Vatican. The Catholic Thing will not only be reporting on all this, we’ll be in the boiling middle of things trying to shape outcomes. This next year will offer opportunities that we have all been hoping and praying for. We’ve made good progress, but we can’t stop now. If you want to play a part in all this, please, do the right thing. Help support us to take advantage of this promising moment. – RR

Robert RoyalThe head of the Southern Baptist office in Washington D.C. once said to me during St. John Paul II’s papacy, “You’ve got a pope there who really knows how to pope.” (Despite Baptist differences with Rome, he meant it as a deep compliment.) You might say something similar about San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone: There’s an archbishop who knows how to archbishop.

Any Catholic paying attention is aware by now that, last week, Cordileone barred Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi from receiving Communion in his archdiocese (full text here). And that courageous act – the willingness to go first – has gotten a handful of other American bishops to announce their support as well (see list here). More will be coming. …