Vatican II

Letter from Rome

If people paid attention to what Francis says – including bishops and cardinals, even retired – they would not be confused about where he wants to move the church.

'I Want to Be a Sister'

Where do the desires that direct your life find their source? And how and when do they assert themselves through all unlikelihood and doubt?

Letter from Rome

After eleven weeks, the prefect’s chair at the CDW remains without a head. For a major Curia office to be vacant so long is unprecedented in contemporary history.

The Commonweal Catholic

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

Authoritative & Ignored

November 16, 1414, saw the opening at Constance of a general council of the Latin Church, an event of great and historic significance. Will we hear much about it?

Young Catholic America

The fact is: In this discouraging book, the future looks bad for just about every flavor of Catholic.

That '70s Church

The catechesis of the 1970s became a cautionary tale, the model of what not to do in passing on the faith. For years I was sympathetic to that analysis. But now?

Taking the Hit for Francis?

Those hostile to Pope Francis and how he’s governing the Vatican and church have affixed the bull’s eye on the backs of a number of people close to him.

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.

Easy Does It

Reading a new letter from the Vatican, one might think the sign of peace is floundering in the church today. In fact, it's one of the most successful rites we have.

At Rome's Mercy?

Francis’s view of “domination" as an impediment to virtuous fellowship in society represents concern with unjust relations of many forms, not merely economic ones.

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.
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