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The State of Catholic Marriage

How many Catholics marry within the church—or even get married at all? How many divorce and remarry, or know (or care) whether their new marriage is valid in...

Commonweal Interviews

Featuring the best of our interviews—including Woody Allen, Jorge Luis Borges, Mary Gordon, (Sister) Elizabeth McAlister, Christian Wiman, and Mario Cuomo...

Letters | The politics of abortion, the timing of confirmation, etc.

Readers write in to discuss abortion, hysterectomies, divorce, vasectomies, confirmation, funeral manners, and Amy Winehouse's bulimia.

Last Word: Bring A Guest

When the priest said “The Mass is ended, alleluia,” she burst out laughing. As a guest at Mass, she sensed the beauty of Catholic worship, and also its strangeness.

Letter from Rome

Following the Orthodox Church, Francis announces World Day of Prayer's theme; U.S. Bishops don't. Why is Francis silent about mob's "Godfather-like" funeral in Rome?

Reading Left to Right

Biographer Randy Boyagoda paints Richard John Neuhaus as an unusually ambitious and politically engaged priest as public intellectual—but is his narrative too tidy?

Letter from Rome

Traditionalists grumble Francis is stacking the Synod assembly with "lefties"; 2016 World Day of Peace theme is announced, along with a long list of global issues.

Letters | Academic discipline, confirmation, ethnic resentments, etc.

Readers write in on how academic, humanistic, and prophetic cultures should be balanced, when kids should be confirmed, and why nothing's better than the Eucharist.

Annulment

Do Catholics who need an annulment for a new marriage to be valid in the eyes of the church really even know what's involved in the first place?

Divorce and Remarriage

Catholics experience a slightly lower than average divorce rate compared with the general population.

Catholics, Intermarriage, and Validity

What happens when Catholics marry non-Catholics?

The Decline of Catholic Marriages

Why are Catholics going without the sacrament in such large numbers?
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