'The Spirit Is Still on the Job'

On October 11, 1963, Bishop Luigi Bettazzi addressed the Second Vatican Council on the need for collegiality. He was the newest bishop participant, having been...

Morbid Symptoms

“The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born. In this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms occur.”—Antonio...

Turning Point

In the fall of 1965, I worked in the final session of the Second Vatican Council. A young priest and doctoral candidate, I was tasked with distributing documents...

A Crush on God

I meet him at a building at the top of a steep hill. A trickle of men, all of them clean-cut and casually dressed for the Berkeley summer, flows in and out of the...

The Floating Sacrament

Not a Reset ButtonThomas L. KuhlmanI am a practicing psychologist and a practicing Catholic. Recently a Catholic client expressed serious concern about his...

Theology as Survival

I met the theologian Fr. James Alison in the blogosphere. I’d written a post presenting his fascinating suggestion that Benedict XVI was slowly preparing the way...

A Part, Not Apart

From junior high school through college, I drifted from the church. But after college and before I was about to move out of state for graduate studies, I...

An Ignatian Spirit

To write a biography of Avery Dulles (1918–2008) is to enter the vitriolic conflict over interpretations of the legacy of Vatican II, the current state and future...

In the Chorus of the Lord

There is a quiet battle going on in U.S. Christianity about whether being a Christian is more about what one professes or how one acts. In the eternal argument over...

The Diplomat

The papacy is an institution that matters, whether or not one is a religious believer. The succession of the popes, all 262 of them, is the world’s most ancient...

Legacy of a Country Priest

Chapel of the Rosary, Lourdes, Fritz von Dardel, 1886I never learned his name. He was simply “the curé of Sère-Lanso.” In the 1960s, over the course of several...

The War on Beige

The search for good resources for adult religious formation is not an easy one. There is the Catechism of the Catholic Church itself, of course, authoritative and...
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