'Freedom, Truth, and Human Dignity'

Before the "Declaration on Religious Freedom" was created, church leaders warned that embracing religious freedom would betray the church’s doctrinal heritage.

'What Does It Mean to Be Catholic?'

Jack Mulder seeks to “explain why the Catholic story captivated, and still captivates” so as to enhance Christian dialogue. He succeeds in only one of those aims.

Bookmarks | Almost-Madness in Love & Loss

How to describe the almost-madness of loss? Macdonald uses hawk-taming, Smith "ordinary" poetry about death, and Chapman "Christian love of existence."

Last Word: Christian Iran

Though many Westerners think of Iran as a theocratic monolith, Christians of various kinds consider it home and see the Shiite majority not as hosts but neighbors.

New Hampshire Spanks the Elites

The conservatism that's dominated the GOP is in crisis. Capitalism has lost its allure among young voters. It would be foolish to ignore New Hampshire's shock waves.

Letters |

Readers respond to the refugee crisis and questions raised by questions about church teaching on Hell. And Commonweal was paid a compliment that went to our heads.

Leap-Frogged?

Why did a text so significant to the history of Catholicism get such a muted reception in Protestant thought and practice? Look to early commentaries for answers.

The Sacrament of Love

There is no one Orthodox Christian theology of marriage. And as to any universal rules about divorce and remarriage: In the Orthodox context, "it depends."

'The Revenant'

Very few historical films have achieved this degree of physical verisimilitude. The bad news? Verisimilitude may be 'The Revenant'’s only great achievement.

Is Marco Rubio Too Good to Be True?

On paper, he’s the potential GOP nominee who scares Democrats the most. In practice, trying to be all things to all Republicans has often thrown Rubio off balance.

A Theory of Change to Believe In

If Republicans are engaged in a three-sided civil war, Democrats are having a civilized argument over who has the best theory about how progressive change happens.

Letter from Rome

The Vatican announces world tour for holy corpses; Relics arrive in Rome escorted by paramilitary police; Francis calls religious to "pray more" to raise vocations.