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The Heart of Francis's Mission

Pope Francis has surprised the world because he embraces the Christian calling to destabilize and to challenge.

Consistent, Comprehensive, Christ-inspired

Thirty years later one wonders how many recall the debates the lecture engendered. It bears re-reading; the challenges it poses may be even more pressing now.

Getting Organized

These are days of hope for American Catholics, yet the Church in the United States and elsewhere is struggling to recover an effective voice in public affairs.

A Language of Solidarity

Robert N. Bellah, who died in July, was a contributor to Commonweal for more than twenty years. Here are excerpts from some of his articles.

The Last Word | Out of Sight

For the Romans, 'luxuria' was the near-equivalent of Greek hubris. It has behind it the imagery of material excess leading to a diminished sense of cause and effect.

Plot Twists

'Catholics in the American Century' gathers essays exploring how Catholic experience and perspectives enrich our understanding of the broader American experience.

'Catholics Are Different'

Over the course of six decades, Fr. Andrew M. Greeley—who died on May 30—wrote regularly for Commonweal. Here are excerpts from just some of his articles.

Loving Pugilist

You wanted Father Andrew Greeley as your friend and not your enemy. He was ready to do battle at the first signs of disrespect toward those he cared about.

The Big Dig

Last fall, the Archdiocese of Boston released an ambitious plan designed to stem the decline it has experienced—in priests, Mass attendance, and treasure...

A Bronx Tale

When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently remarked from the bench that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 perpetuated “racial entitlement,” his fellow Justice...

The Way Forward on Guns

Victories often contain the seeds of future defeats. So it is -- or at least should be -- with the Senate's morally reprehensible rejection of expanded...

Redeemed from Death?

As I begin what will be my seventh (!) decade as a Catholic, I find that I am less and less sure of what Catholics believe.Oh, I know our opinions. Especially...
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Book Reviews

No Turning Back

March 26, 2015 | 0 comments

The Great Reformer

January 22, 2015 | 3 comments

Discovering What Matters Most

December 4, 2014 | 1 comment

Plot Twists

July 1, 2013 | 0 comments

A Bronx Tale

April 22, 2013 | 0 comments

When in Rome...

March 4, 2013 | 0 comments

Not Above Politics

February 4, 2011 | 0 comments

The Banality of Eagleton

May 31, 2010 | 0 comments