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Letters | More on that '70s church

Continuing Cathy Kaveny's conversation about catechesis, one reader raises a challenge for the church.

The Commonweal Catholic

Commonweal writers represent a heritage that traces all the way back to the greatest of early Christian theologians.

At Rome's Mercy?

Francis’s view of “domination" as an impediment to virtuous fellowship in society represents concern with unjust relations of many forms, not merely economic ones.

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.

An Interview with Christian Wiman

The poet discusses "accidental theologies," Gerard Manley Hopkins, faith in literature, and what it's like no longer being the editor of Poetry magazine.

'Now and Then I Feel It's Working'

J. Peter Nixon in the first in our series: "I have tried to live my faith in a way that would make it attractive to my children. Now and then I feel it’s working."

The Big Chill

Are we likely to hear from Catholic women who believe responsible use of birth control is compatible with their faith and their vocations as wives any time soon?

The Last Word | Place Holders

Devotion to one’s parish continues to be a prime marker of Catholic identity.

Plot Twists

'Catholics in the American Century' gathers essays exploring how Catholic experience and perspectives enrich our understanding of the broader American experience.

'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.

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...

Polarization, Church and Country

What do the Roman Catholic Church and the American political system have in common? Both are divided into factions that neither trust nor understand each other, and...
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Book Reviews

An Unlikely Union

June 25, 2015 | 4 comments

Beyond the Abortion Wars

May 4, 2015 | 2 comments

Life After Faith

April 30, 2015 | 2 comments

One Nation Under God

April 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Plot Twists

July 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Model of Dissent

January 7, 2011 | 0 comments