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[Image: Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M.]

American Catholics must avoid the ever-present temptation to elevate the active virtues over the passive ones.

By Joshua Madden, Crisis Magazine, June 8, 2023

Joshua Madden (Ph.D., S.T.L.) is Lector in Catholic Theology at Blackfriars Studium at Oxford University. He teaches and writes primarily on the topics of biblical theology, marriage & family, and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. His personal website is


Joshua Madden

Two months ago, in April, His Excellency Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv., delivered an address at Loyola University addressing, among other things, the Synod on Synodality, the Eucharistic Revival, and a few chosen keys to the program being implemented by Pope Francis in the Church today. An edited version was published just recently at Commonweal under the title “Pope Francis’s Vision for the Church: Seeking a Church in Service to the World.”

Now, much of what the good bishop says is true, salutary, and worthy of remembrance; a large portion of the address is dedicated to Pope Francis’ renewed vision of the importance the Church must place on care for the vulnerable and disenfranchised. …

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