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Can Francis Cure the Curia?

Finding the right staff is but one of the many problems Francis faces in reforming the Curia.

'Belief Encourages Belief'

In this Commonweal interview, the writer Valerie Sayers talks about faith and witness, growing up Catholic in South Carolina, and her new novel, 'The Powers.'

Right Decision, Wrong Reason

The Court made the right decision in Windsor, but the majority was unclear about why DOMA’s exclusion of same-sex marriages was unconstitutional.

Divided by Ancient Disputes

What is the source of the division between Sunnis and Shi‘ites, and how prevalent is this bifurcation in the Islamic world, a community of more than 1.6 billion?

Kentucky Care Package, Delivered

Can a Catholic and public hospital pact in Louisville provide a template for other communities seeking to save their hospitals?

Holy Agony

'Dialogues of the Carmelites' is an opera of questions: What does it mean to die well? To die in fear? Are there bad ways to be a martyr for Christ?

Accountability Gap

From Los Angeles to Newark, recent news reports raise questions about the bishops’ commitment to the Dallas sexual-abuse reforms they adopted in 2002.

The Outsiders

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who’s guarding the guards? It’s a question that exasperated members of a credibility-challenged organization have long...

Saving Faith

When was the last time you saw dozens of people lining up for a philosopher’s autograph? That’s what happened in the sprawling basement of a Marietta, Georgia,...

Minding His Manners

Have good manners ever earned such scorn and tribulation? That question might run through your mind as you watch Parade’s End, the gripping, poignant, and...

Looking Back

Four contributors, all of whom wrote for a previous series called "What Next?" which reflected on the start of Benedict's papacy, now reflect on its conclusion.

The Resignation of Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI is resigning on February 28, and Commonweal will continue to cover the story as it develops. This special page features links to our...
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