Secularism and Modernity

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.

Minding the Modern

In Pfau's account, when 13th century Franciscan theologian William of Ockham separated reason from will, it was the beginning of the modern evacuation of the self.

The Future of Baby-Making

Sex for the fun of it, children if and when we choose and of the sort we choose. But would such a world be good for children? And would it be good for sex?

Don't Beatify Us

The press and the public prefer to make parents of disabled kids into saints, and to accept and justify whatever actions those parents choose to take.

Hearing Cardinal Burke

Much of what the cardinal says is unpersuasive and unappealing, but he speaks frankly, just as Pope Francis has asked of his bishops.

Christ Actually

In James Carroll’s latest, Jesus actually—now as for the apostles—emerges from within the long, recurring history of Jewish persecution and bereavement.

The Commonweal Catholic

Commonweal writers represent a heritage that traces all the way back to the greatest of early Christian theologians.

A Question of Conscience

A critic of the temporal power of the pope, Ignaz von Döllinger is sometimes portrayed as an early “liberal” Catholic. That label only partly fits.

Great Expectations

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.

An Unbelieving Age

That the death of God involves the death of Man is Christian doctrine, a fact of which Nietzsche seems not to have been aware.

Opting Out

The presence of the Amish in America poses a conundrum: How do a people who espouse a slow and simple way of life not only survive but thrive in a hypermodern world?
Subscribe to Secularism and Modernity

Book Reviews

Christ Actually

October 30, 2014 | 1 comment

He Is Who Is

January 27, 2014 | 11 comments

Plot Twists

July 1, 2013 | 0 comments

When in Rome...

March 4, 2013 | 0 comments

Eurocentrist

October 24, 2011 | 0 comments

Gifts without a Giver

May 9, 2011 | 0 comments