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Tall Orders

Seminaries have four to five years of post-college priestly formation to train men to be leaders of the small “corporations” that parishes have become.

'Spiritual Assault'

In the trenches of parish life, I am aware of how an ecclesiastical environment that produces wounded people can lead to a community's unraveling.

Inside the Seminary

Any college-aged man entering a Catholic seminary during the ongoing crisis of the priestly sexual-abuse scandals does so with a certain amount of self-...

Letter from Rome

The Holy See has publicly dealt with four bishops for committing abuse or trying to cover it up. But there has been no transparency on their status or whereabouts.

Obama's Breakfast Prayer

If a president says anything critical about what Christians may have done at any point in history, he's destined to be attacked for engaging in “moral equivalence."

Last Word: One of the Least

A story about becoming the aged and infirm Jesus has called you to love, or, "the tenderness of the Trinity playing itself out on another level."

Letter from Rome

It only took thirty-five years, but the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints finally recognized what almost every rational Catholic in the world had already known.

Letter from Rome

Pope Francis has taken steps to bolster synodality and wean the universal Church from its unhealthy obsession with Vatican centralization. How has he done it?

Not Ours to Mend

John Garvey wrote about our self-delusions, especially of control and autonomy, and our ways of propping them up, and his columns could be spiked with hilarity.

True Confession

I used to think something tragic had happened to bring a person back to confession after so long, perhaps a loss or grim diagnosis. That's almost never the case.

Right the First Time

Spiritual communion, yes; sacramental communion, no. Times may have changed since 1972, but have they changed so much as to invalidate Ratzinger's earlier opinion?

Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea

An exhibit pulls together an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and liturgical vestments to suggest the wide range of Marian images in Western art.
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Book Reviews

How Jesus Became God

January 26, 2015 | 11 comments

Icons of Hope

October 11, 2014 | 1 comment

Young Catholic America

October 9, 2014 | 30 comments

The Pope and Mussolini

September 10, 2014 | 3 comments

Blessed Are the Rich

June 2, 2014 | 4 comments

Unwarranted Certainty

April 19, 2014 | 2 comments

Dworkin’s Jisei

January 27, 2014 | 0 comments

Share & Share Alike

December 18, 2013 | 1 comment