Vatican II

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.

'Rekindling the Christic Imagination'

The Second Vatican Council isn’t over yet, in the view of Robert P. Imbelli, who notes that the “reception,” and thus the event of the council, is continuing today.

Francis's Interreligious Friendships

It's not the case that Francis has little interest in theological exchanges. Rather, interreligious friendships are more the basis for dialogue than its by-product.

The Italian Job

Francis’s new language and style have not been universally welcomed by the bishops, especially those in Italy, where the old guard seems especially recalcitrant.

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.
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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