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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...

More Mission, Less Maintenance

In March of 1979, Pope John Paul II opened his first encyclical, Redemptor hominis, with these words: “The Redeemer of humanity, Jesus Christ, is the center...

Why ‘Francis’?

Of the many virtues associated with St. Francis of Assisi, humility was the first to occur to me as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio stood before the multitude for...

Reading the Tea Leaves

Many of the groups challenging the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act on religious-liberty grounds hang their hopes on one Supreme Court case:...
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Book Reviews

An Unlikely Union

June 25, 2015 | 4 comments

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