U.S. Catholicism

Overheated

The furor over Indiana's RFRA raises questions about our capacity to engage in the kind of thoughtful, careful public discussion that issues like this demand.

Don't Wreck Religious Liberty's Brand

States that are competing fiercely for jobs and businesses are quickly learning that being seen as anti-gay is dangerous to their images.

Certifiably Catholic

Want to prove you’re a good Catholic? You’ll have to do more than feed the hungry and teach your children the Lord’s Prayer in modern and dead languages.

Hispanics Lead U.S. Catholics on Climate Change

Nearly 90 percent of Latinos in a recent study cited a “moral duty” to preserve the planet for children and to respect ancestors’ legacy of care for the earth.

Does Method Matter?

Some bishops are calling for a new look at the church's teaching on contraception in light of its near-universal lack of reception by the laity.

Does Method Matter?

Can the church promote NFP without condemning other forms of contraception as “intrinsically evil”? The blanket condemnation is what most Catholics find implausible.

Does Method Matter?

Studies of NFP techniques like the Creighton Method indicate that they are at least as effective as condoms or pills. So why aren’t more Catholics giving it a try?

Last Word: Measured Pains

Can we become spiritually tougher by means of small self-mortifications? Perhaps hair shirts do have a place in authentic Catholic spirituality...

Unity, Not Uniformity

When Paul VI celebrated the liturgy in Italian, it was a pledge to future generations that the church and her liturgy would lean toward outreach and mission.

Papal Economics

Catholic social teaching has always staked out a middle-ground position that opposes both the excesses of collectivism and laissez-faire individualism.

Clerical Errors

Amid what the media has presented as a general feeling of optimism about the papacy of Francis, there are some matters that remain causes of concern among American...

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.
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