Women in the Church

More Mission, Less Maintenance

In March of 1979, Pope John Paul II opened his first encyclical, Redemptor hominis, with these words: “The Redeemer of humanity, Jesus Christ, is the center...

A New Center of Gravity

In winning election as Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio defied the papal pundits, even though they should have seen him coming. His rise marks the decisive shift...

United Front

Even though prolife activist and law professor Helen Alvaré dismisses feminism in her introduction to Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves, the...

Regime Change

[Editor's note: William L. Portier's and Richard R. Gaillardetz's are the final in a special series of stories we are posting as the cardinals gather for the...

Letting Go

For Catholics and non-catholics alike, Pope Benedict's resignation -- a gesture of relinquishing power -- was done for the good of all.

When in Rome...

It's been a long time since I have read a book about the church that made me laugh out loud. In The Vatican Diaries, John Thavis presents many stories that will...

Polarization, Church and Country

What do the Roman Catholic Church and the American political system have in common? Both are divided into factions that neither trust nor understand each other, and...

Shock Therapy

Benedict's resignation forced the church to allow something that has been thought unacceptable for centuries, setting the stage for his predecessor to do likewise.

After Benedict

With the concentration of power in Rome, perhaps the responsibilities of the papacy are not simply too much for a person of Benedict's age, but for any one person.

Benedict's Act of Humility

Benedict’s resignation was a self-denying act of personal humility. What we need now in Rome are acts of institutional humility and self-denial.

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.

A View from the Edge

A little more than a year ago, in November 2011, Catholic and Muslim leaders from around the world convened in Jordan for the second forum hosted by A Common Word,...
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Book Reviews

Beyond the Abortion Wars

May 4, 2015 | 2 comments

Gay and Catholic

January 22, 2015 | 6 comments

Plot Twists

July 1, 2013 | 0 comments

United Front

March 11, 2013 | 0 comments

When in Rome...

March 4, 2013 | 0 comments

The War on Beige

September 26, 2011 | 0 comments

The Rest of Her

April 11, 2011 | 0 comments