Pope Benedict XVI

Take This Chalice—Please

If “chalice” is not required by the Latin language and it runs contrary to liturgical and patristic tradition, why are we saying it?

Francis's Interreligious Friendships

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.

The Italian Job

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.

An Interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper

How is mercy key to understanding God? Commonweal posed this and other questions to Cardinal Walter Kasper.

Style & Substance

Pope Francis boldly enlists the legacies of his two predecessors in support of his upcoming Synod on the Family.

Getting Past Supersessionism

"How do we portray the ur-conflict, the 'impossible relationship' between an old immovable object and a new irresistible force as they collided in...

'Embers Continue to Smolder'

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.

Not Conversion, but Communion

Recent papal teaching, particularly since John Paul II, portrays God’s covenant with the Jews as valid and irrevocable.

Dual-Covenant Theology vs. Dual-Truth Theory

An interreligious dialogue in which parties explain away their distinctive truth claims can help to improve relations among participants, but at great cost.

'What Our Church Has Inflicted on Judaism'

To foster a more productive Catholic-Jewish dialogue we need to pose two further questions, one backward-looking and one forward-looking.

Out of the Tomb

The differences between Francis and Benedict have been exaggerated, but the exhortation does signal a real contrast of emphasis between the two popes.

A Chat with Pope Francis

The transcript of the editors’ conversation with the pope has been translated from the original Italian into Latin, then English, then back into Italian ...
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