Pope Francis named five women - a record - to the International Theological Commission. Before now, there have never been more than two women on the commission at a time.
Theologians and graduate students came from across the United States and Canada to celebrate Dominican Fr. Thomas O'Meara's work in ecclesiology.
Editor's note: Michael Sean Winters is on vacation this week. Filling in for him are various writers from Millennial, a journal featuring the writing of millennial Catholics. Winters will be back next week.
Simply Spirit: Too often, Catholics raised in our Catholic culture are unaware that it is sometimes our duty to speak about matters concerning the good of the church.
Simply Spirit: Amazingly, this document validates the not-infrequent experience of Catholics who find themselves unable to accept certain teachings.
Bulletins from the Human Side: Is the new document from the International Theological Commission an explosion in St. Peter's Square that is described as church renewal?
Parish Diary: What does our parish do about contraception? We teach as the church teaches. Are we having any significant impact? No.
Global Sisters Report: The One Body of the Church is deeply divided. Are these internal conflicts of our divided church the result of a divided human brain?
The document from the International Theological Commission, " 'Sensus Fidei' in the Life of the Church," takes a long overdue look at what this sense of the faith is for the individual and for the larger church. Some of the insights of the nine theologian writers are most encouraging for progressive Catholics; others, not so much.
Commentary: Margaret Nutting Ralph stands in a long line of faithful Catholics who followed God's call to share their gifts only to be oppressed by religious leaders.