Pope Benedict XVI
The synod comes at a time when a huge gulf has opened up between the teaching of the church on sex, marriage, and the family and the practice of many Catholics.
If “chalice” is not required by the Latin language and it runs contrary to liturgical and patristic tradition, why are we saying it?
It's not the case that Francis has little interest in theological exchanges. Rather, interreligious friendships are more the basis for dialogue than its by-product.
Francis’s new language and style have not been universally welcomed by the bishops, especially those in Italy, where the old guard seems especially recalcitrant.
How is mercy key to understanding God? Commonweal posed this and other questions to Cardinal Walter Kasper.
Pope Francis boldly enlists the legacies of his two predecessors in support of his upcoming Synod on the Family.
"How do we portray the ur-conflict, the 'impossible relationship' between an old immovable object and a new irresistible force as they collided in...
To get an inkling of the power of anti-Judaic legacy, I recommend reading a gospel in one sitting. Or better yet, watch 'The Gospel of John' with a Jewish friend.
Recent papal teaching, particularly since John Paul II, portrays God’s covenant with the Jews as valid and irrevocable.
An interreligious dialogue in which parties explain away their distinctive truth claims can help to improve relations among participants, but at great cost.
To foster a more productive Catholic-Jewish dialogue we need to pose two further questions, one backward-looking and one forward-looking.