Secularism and Modernity

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?

He Is Who Is

One of David Bentley Hart's deeper points is that the major theistic religions do indeed have something in common when they say “God.”

'Duck Dynasty,' Meet Pope Francis

When even the pope wonders aloud whether it's appropriate for him to judge, you begin to see the difficulty of deciding what "true Christians" ought to believe.

Kids, Raised Catholic

We asked some younger Catholics, themselves just setting out in life, to compose responses to the stories in our symposium.

Symposium: Raising Catholic Kids

A special symposium, in which we asked parents to reflect and recollect on their experiences and challenges of raising their children as Catholics.

'Not All Religious Learning Happens Explicitly'

The spirituality at the heart of each child cries out to be nourished; helping children develop their sense of wonder through play will go far in this regard.

'Be Who You Are and Be That Well'

Our backgrounds were different, but our Catholic identity ran deep, with Irish-Catholic roots spreading in almost every direction.

'Learning Humility, Learning Patience'

Every poll shows the nonreligiously affiliated—now called “nones”—increasing in number. That number includes all my grown children. But it wasn’t always this way.

'A Faith that Could Be Our Own'

I must confess: I am a twenty-something practicing Catholic. Yes, I am young. And yes, I have plenty of friends who are Mass-going Catholics, too. And if you must...
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