I've always had a problem with the idea that Jesus had to die so terribly in order to make satisfaction for the sins of humanity. And it gets my attention every Holy Week, when we concentrate for six days on Jesus' passion and death and the horrors of his crucifixion.
There are at least three reasons Pope Francis may be amenable to the debate on whether to allow married men into the priesthood.
Viewpoint: In a style that is simple, direct and trenchant Küng through his writing has ventured fearlessly into places that other theologians do not reach.
Viewpoint: Hans Küng provides grounds for the inner courage that is needed to begin efforts that will accelerate that positive change in the Catholic church.
Just Catholic: The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed! Go tell your bishop. While you're there, let him know that Jesus first appeared to a woman.
We say: A bishop who knows the needs of his people should not act alone, Pope Francis reportedly said. We join Francis in challenging bishops who embrace reform ideas.
The Resurrection is interpreted is the source of some of the deepest rifts in Christianity -- and a stumbling block for some Christians and more than a few skeptics.
Is it blasphemy to wash the feet of women at Holy Thursday Mass? There is no simple answer to that question.
Distinctly Catholic: If you're looking for something to focus your prayer this Holy Week, pick up this little book by Fr. Robert Imbelli.
A host of questions remain, but long-delayed testing on a slip of papyrus dubbed "The Gospel of Jesus's Wife" show it is not a modern forgery.