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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.

'Spiritual Assault'

In the trenches of parish life, I am aware of how an ecclesiastical environment that produces wounded people can lead to a community's unraveling.

Inside the Seminary

Any college-aged man entering a Catholic seminary during the ongoing crisis of the priestly sexual-abuse scandals does so with a certain amount of self-...

Letter from Rome

Pope Francis has taken steps to bolster synodality and wean the universal Church from its unhealthy obsession with Vatican centralization. How has he done it?

Letter from Rome

There was a moment during the pope’s visit to East Asia that must have turned people's thoughts towards that time when his successor will be elected.

Letter from Rome

Even several days before consigning the old year to the annals of Vatican history, Pope Francis indicated the new year was likely to be full of surprises.

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?
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