For a generation, Marcus J. Borg helped popularize the intense debates about the historical Jesus and the veracity and meaning of the New Testament.
Celebration Publications: During the Second Vatican Council, discussions on Mary, Jesus’ mother, were very heated and manifested a great deal of disagreement among the gathered bishops.
The virgin birth is one of the central tenets of faith for the world's 2 billion Christians. Yet many say the virgin birth gets short shrift at Christmas.
Book review: Jesus "not only rejected violence as a personal option; he also fought the structural violence that was embedded in the institutions of his nation."
Several years ago, I was a senior fellow at Woodstock Theological Center working on questions in science and religion. One day, the program manager appeared at my door and asked if I wanted some boxes of notes that had been taking up space in his office. The notes happened to be those of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and he did not know what to do with them. Woodstock had inherited the notes from Nicole Schmitz-Moorman, whose father, Karl Schmitz-Moorman, inherited the notes after Teilhard's death. Karl bequeathed the notes to his daughter, who, in turn, donated them to Woodstock.
Pope Francis also praised the role of women in theology, saying that by their "feminine genius," women can detect "unexplored aspects of the unfathomable mystery of Christ."
Simply Spirit: This is the season of the prophet Isaiah. Recently, I was delighted to learn that female prophets helped shaped this Isaiah tradition.
A small c catholic: The Shroud of Turin, which Pope Francis plans to visit and venerate in June, has intrigued me for decades.
People find Jesus' sex life endlessly fascinating and plausible. Why is that? Here are five reasons.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley is pastoral to the core. He's also an intelligent person. It's good he has the ear of Pope Francis. This was the theme of a telling "60 Minutes" segment Sunday on CBS. During the interview, the good cardinal was open and honest, navigating some tough questions by correspondent Norah O'Donnell.
However, before the interview was over, he revealed clearly the increasingly untenable nature of the Catholic teaching that women cannot be ordained priests.