Bishops

Great Expectations

The synod comes at a time when a huge gulf has opened up between the teaching of the church on sex, marriage, and the family and the practice of many Catholics.

An Interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper

How is mercy key to understanding God? Commonweal posed this and other questions to Cardinal Walter Kasper.

Room at the Font

From 2005 to 2010 adult baptisms fell by 41 percent. Those losses were masked by a gain in adult receptions into full communion; then those totals began to fall too.

The ACLU Takes on the Bishops

Contrary to popular belief, the USCCB does not have the power to tell individual bishops—or Catholic health-care systems—what to do and what not to do.

A New Balance

Whether liberal or conservative, reform-minded or traditionalist, Catholics were stunned by the interview Pope Francis recently gave. So were many non-Catholics.

The Things We Share

We are now at the point where American Catholics should accept state recognition of same-sex marriage simply because they are Americans.

Historical Amnesia

Misreadings are all too common among Catholic leaders. Part of the error stems, no doubt, from an ignorance of history, or more likely, history badly taught.

A Language of Solidarity

Robert N. Bellah, who died in July, was a contributor to Commonweal for more than twenty years. Here are excerpts from some of his articles.

The Truth about Marriage

Will severing the connection marriage has forged between sex, procreation, and family formation undermine the expectations our culture places on the institution?

'Catholics Are Different'

Over the course of six decades, Fr. Andrew M. Greeley—who died on May 30—wrote regularly for Commonweal. Here are excerpts from just some of his articles.

Accountability Gap

From Los Angeles to Newark, recent news reports raise questions about the bishops’ commitment to the Dallas sexual-abuse reforms they adopted in 2002.

The Big Dig

Last fall, the Archdiocese of Boston released an ambitious plan designed to stem the decline it has experienced—in priests, Mass attendance, and treasure...
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Book Reviews

Beyond the Abortion Wars

May 4, 2015 | 2 comments

Medieval Christianity

April 20, 2015 | 2 comments

When in Rome...

March 4, 2013 | 0 comments

The War on Beige

September 26, 2011 | 0 comments

Santo Subito?

March 14, 2011 | 0 comments

Not Above Politics

February 4, 2011 | 0 comments