With New Pope, a More Open Catholic Church?

Alison Donohue teaches college writing in Hawaii, but her preference is to be back in a Catholic school, an environment where she spent more than …

By Michael O’Loughlin


The Vatican’s New Clothes: Very Small Embryonic-Like Cells and Faith in Evidence Not Seen

Once upon a time, and not so long ago, the scientific world beheld a new kind of cell that, when captured at just the right …

By Ann Neumann


How a Nun Turned a Monastery Garage into a Global Catholic News Network

In March of 1978, a 55-year-old cloistered nun named Mother Angelica went to Chicago. She was there to give workshops to supporters who would distribute …

By Renée K. Gadoua


Bill Cain: A Jesuit Playwright Explores War and Redemption

In April 2010, Father Robert Ver Eecke welcomed fellow Jesuit priest and playwright Bill Cain to a public forum at Boston College (BC). Modeled on …

By Robert Israel

The States Project

Kentucky: A Priest Takes on the Coal Industry

A Priest Takes on the Coal Industry.

By Dwight Billings, Kate Black and Kathi Kern


The Critic Within: On Father Andrew Greeley (1928-2013)

Father Andrew Greeley, who died in May at the age of 85, used to joke that he would be remembered as the Catholic priest who …

By Robert A. Orsi


The Economic Vision of Pope Francis, a Pontiff for the Poor

When Pope Benedict XVI announced his retirement, most evaluations of his pontificate prominently featured the adjective “conservative.” Yet, this same pope, as well as his …

By Michael Sean Winters


Being Gay at a Catholic University

When I was a student at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 2005, a group of gay students organized with the aim of …

By Michael O’Loughlin


Religious Leaders to Government: We Must Get Our Fiscal House In Order

Both Republicans and Democrats have a religion problem, and it has nothing to do with same-sex marriage, abortion, or religious liberty. Rather, their serious stumbling …

By Jim Wallis


Theology Has Consequences: What Policies Will Pope Francis Champion?

Now that the smoke has cleared from St. Peter’s Square, the future of the Roman Catholic Church is on the minds of many. Catholics are …

By Mary E. Hunt

States of the Union

Writers tell us stories about where they discovered religion and politics in their states.


A French Teacher Lives Among the Cajuns.

By Max Perry Mueller

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