Vatican II

Beyond the Abortion Wars

Charles Camosy believes we are “on the verge of a new moment in the abortion debate," politically capable of compromise. But has he misunderstood Catholic teaching?

Letters | Teaching prisoners, seminarians & ourselves

Shortsighted Kudos to Robert Cowan for saying that the objections that scuttled Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to pay for college classes for prison inmates...

Letters | Abstinence Education vs. Common Sense

Abstinence education I am puzzled by the reflections of Christopher Roberts and Marian Crowe (Does Method Matter?), which suggest that the spiritual discipline of...

Letter from Rome

Are we finally going to see women appointed to some significant jobs that give them a real voice at the Vatican?

An Interview with Noam Chomsky

The political activist, public intellectual, and "father of modern linguistics" talks about Oscar Romero, Old Testament prophets, and the politics of fear.

Letter from Rome

In his general audience, Francis listed ways that children undergo their own “passion” (suffering), which he said was almost always caused by the “errors of adults."

Letter from Rome

Holy Thursday marks the tenth anniversary of the evening when the Vatican’s deputy Secretary of State announced to the world that Pope John Paul II had died.

No Turning Back

Published posthumously, Margaret O'Gara's collection of essays introduces the ecumenical perspective to a general audience in vivid first person.

Letter from Rome

There is no question that “mercy” is one of the guiding leitmotifs of Francis’s pontificate. And last week, he emphasized there is no sin that cannot be forgiven.

Open House

For Pope Francis the church is far more than an organic and hierarchical institution. It is above all the people of God on their way to God.

Letter from Rome

Francis is marking the second anniversary of his pontificate, and if anyone still has doubts about his views on the post-Vatican II Mass, they should doubt no more.

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.
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