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An Interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper

How is mercy key to understanding God? Commonweal posed this and other questions to Cardinal Walter Kasper.

Style & Substance

Pope Francis boldly enlists the legacies of his two predecessors in support of his upcoming Synod on the Family.

The Odd Couple

John XXIII had a program of updating; John Paul II was seen as bringing a degree of Restoration. How do their two very different legacies relate to each other?

Journet’s Blind Spot

Just before the Second Vatican Council, Journet was among the most prominent intellectuals in the church.

Married Priests

Any discussion of the relationship between celibacy and priesthood needs to distinguish between three different “logics” that have governed the practice of celibacy.

A Chat with Pope Francis

The transcript of the editors’ conversation with the pope has been translated from the original Italian into Latin, then English, then back into Italian ...

The Big Chill

Are we likely to hear from Catholic women who believe responsible use of birth control is compatible with their faith and their vocations as wives any time soon?

Street Pope

Pope Francis has created a new interactive mode of papal teaching, an epoch-making change in rhetorical style meant to inspire hearers and appeal to their ideals.

A Sense of Mission

The papacy satisfies the sense of mission Francis has always had. Now his mission is to breathe spirit back into Catholicism.

Francis the Liberal?

Does it make sense to call Francis a liberal? For that matter, can any faithful Catholic—a word that means “universal”—be described as “conservative” or "liberal"?

A New Balance

Whether liberal or conservative, reform-minded or traditionalist, Catholics were stunned by the interview Pope Francis recently gave. So were many non-Catholics.

Separated Faithful

It is past time to alleviate the suffering of Catholics who are confused by a church that teaches the indissolubility of marriages while regularly dissolving them.
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Book Reviews

Young Catholic America

October 9, 2014 | 30 comments

Plot Twists

July 1, 2013 | 0 comments

‘Grave Ambiguities’

May 23, 2013 | 0 comments

When in Rome...

March 4, 2013 | 0 comments

Cult Hit

February 11, 2013 | 0 comments

The War on Beige

September 26, 2011 | 0 comments