Pope Benedict XVI

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.

The First Encyclical of Francis?

In content, theological style, and pastoral voice, Lumen fidei belongs primarily to the pope emeritus, but not entirely and not decisively so.

Hard Thinking

A text that moves from Wittgenstein to William of St. Thierry is not for the faint of heart. The account of the faith that emerges is complex and paradoxical.

Final Chapter, First Words

Because this work concludes Benedict’s trilogy of encyclicals on the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love, the stronger authorial hand belongs to him.

'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.

‘Grave Ambiguities’

This book documents the travails and the courage of the late Jacques Dupuis, the Jesuit priest and theologian whose work on what he called “a Christian...

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...

Bridge Builder

Anyone who followed media coverage of the papal conclave that elected the Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, couldn’t help noticing that the...

A New Center of Gravity

In winning election as Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio defied the papal pundits, even though they should have seen him coming. His rise marks the decisive shift...

Regime Change

[Editor's note: William L. Portier's and Richard R. Gaillardetz's are the final in a special series of stories we are posting as the cardinals gather for the...

Letting Go

For Catholics and non-catholics alike, Pope Benedict's resignation -- a gesture of relinquishing power -- was done for the good of all.

When in Rome...

It's been a long time since I have read a book about the church that made me laugh out loud. In The Vatican Diaries, John Thavis presents many stories that will...
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Book Reviews

‘Grave Ambiguities’

May 5, 2013 | 0 comments

When in Rome...

March 3, 2013 | 0 comments

The War on Beige

September 9, 2011 | 0 comments

Santo Subito?

March 3, 2011 | 0 comments

Not Above Politics

February 2, 2011 | 0 comments

The Puzzling Pope

October 10, 2006 | 0 comments