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Conspiracy of the Faithful

John Henry Newman once said of the laity that the church would look foolish without them, and from the beginning the synod did indeed look foolish without us.

Setting the Table

Parish hospitality must begin long before people are parked in their seats. It entails a lot more than ripping open a bag of Oreos and serving coffee.

Letters | Labor's losses, 'parvity,' hands off the ointment

Readers write in about Scott Walker's battle with organized labor, Ronald Reagan, FDR, vomit, extreme unction, and sins—mortal and otherwise.

Walking Together

Engagement rather than denunciation marked the synod’s formal pronouncements, a pastoral style deeply rooted in Vatican II, and embodied in everything Francis does.

Letters | Anointing the Sick, a Callous Court, James Agee

Readers offer a remedy for the church's "unction dysfunction," another disturbing aspect of the Supreme Court's lethal-injection ruling, and more on James Agee.

The Coup at Catholic University

Peter Mitchell's take on Charles Curran and the "dissident theologian" strike at Catholic University in 1967 presents a conspiracy so big it's literally incredible.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Seven Deadly Sins or the Seven Vices: 'Anger'

Sins, Mortal & Otherwise

Are Catholics still obligated “under pain of mortal sin” to follow what the church teaches? It seems nowadays most believers prefer to focus on grace and Eucharist.

Off Script

The bishops and the church as a whole are about to take an honest look at the gap between that which cannot be changed and that which can and sometimes ought to be.

Late to the Font

Adult baptism in the United States fell 43 percent between 2005 and 2013. Does it suggest a stagnation of our collective imagination about baptism itself?

Pope Francis's U.S. Visit

Pope Francis departed for Rome from Philadelphia Sunday night, after spending five eventful days in the United States. We can expect clergy, politicians, writers,...

Backhanded Complementarity

In this collection of essays, authors draw on “Theology of the Body" to present the Church as a place where women’s leadership can flourish. The results are mixed.

Letters of James Agee to Father Flye

Spanning almost James Agee's entire lifetime, these letters between author and his priest cover alcohol, God, poetry, childhood, and a “mouthful of sweet potato.”
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