Robert Mickens' column calling for a new way of choosing bishops is most timely. Although the Code of Canon Law of 1983 (c. 377) says that the pope freely appoints bishops, papal appointment is contrary to the church's centurieslong tradition of the election of bishops by the clergy and people of the diocese.
Just Catholic: Whatever will we do about the folks who fall down in a dead faint whenever you say "woman" and "ordination" in the same sentence?
A Roman Observer: Pope Benedict continues to receive praise for his courageous decision. But Pope Francis also deserves credit for the way this has played out.
A Roman Observer: Pope Francis' transfer of Cardinal Raymond Burke has intensified yet more irresponsible talk of schism within the Catholic church.
Just Catholic: Pope Francis has made it pretty clear: He wants more women involved in things churchy. Two prelates seem to have gotten the memo.
Making a Difference: Can the death and destruction of armed conflict ever be justified? For the first disciples of Christ, the answer was a resounding, "No!"
Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano says Pope Benedict XVI vouched for a priest accused of sexual misconduct days before he became pope.
Faith and Justice: There is little beautiful or inspiring in the new instrumentum laboris. If married life is as boring and joyless as this document, I am glad I am celibate.
Grace on the Margins: How can women achieve true empowerment when their religious leaders declare that it is God's plan that women are not entitled to equal spiritual authority?
The Vatican is investigating Fr. Michael Amaladoss for allegedly espousing unorthodox beliefs, raising questions about whether Pope Francis is moving the church in a new direction.