Priesthood

Benedict's Act of Humility

Benedict’s resignation was a self-denying act of personal humility. What we need now in Rome are acts of institutional humility and self-denial.

Looking Back

Four contributors, all of whom wrote for a previous series called "What Next?" which reflected on the start of Benedict's papacy, now reflect on its conclusion.

Exit Signs

The unique features of the modern papacy must be considered when analyzing Benedict's resignation -- including issues of collegiality, age, and secular power.

The Paradoxes of Pope Benedict

Pope Benedict's resignation shouldn't have surprised us as much as it did. As an institutionalist who believes in the Roman Catholic Church as the carrier of truth...

Cult Hit

The historian and classicist Garry Wills is an astonishingly prolific author whose works range from early American history to contemporary politics, and from Early...

Orthodoxy & Dissent

St. Pius X, in his encyclical Vehementer (1902), wrote: “By its very nature the church is a society of unequals; it is composed of two categories of persons: the...

'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...

An Interview with James Alison

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...
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Book Reviews

‘Grave Ambiguities’

May 23, 2013 | 0 comments

Behind the Tridentine Myth

May 23, 2013 | 1 comment

When in Rome...

March 4, 2013 | 0 comments

Cult Hit

February 11, 2013 | 0 comments

The War on Beige

September 26, 2011 | 0 comments

Shaking the Foundations

May 23, 2011 | 0 comments

Santo Subito?

March 14, 2011 | 0 comments

Not Above Politics

February 4, 2011 | 0 comments