Catholic intellectuals have been criticizing, and defending, the Catholic bona fides of Pope Francis, especially since the pontiff released a landmark document on family life earlier this month.
Third Anniversary of Election: Catholic conservatives are worried Pope Francis is quietly unraveling the legacy of his predecessors.
Faith and Justice: The weakness of the conservative cause was shown by its need to use power when persuasion failed, but the liberal Catholic voice has never been successfully organized in the U.S.
Faith and Justice: I have some sympathy with what conservatives are experiencing today because I went through a similar experience in the late 1960s.
Ross Douthat has written an outstanding piece about Pope Francis in The Atlantic. It provides a worthwhile read into an understanding of the forces that have shaped our current pope.
That didn't take long.
Over at America magazine, Jesuit Fr. John W. O'Malley, a university professor in the theology department at Georgetown University and author of What Happened at Vatican II, quickly dismissed Ross Douthat's New York Times Sunday column, "The Pope and the Precipice."
There's something wrong with progressives in the Catholic church. We just don't get angry enough.
Analysis: The Vatican summit on the challenges of family life wrapped without reaching a consensus on hot-button topics. Where does that leave Francis' papacy and the church?
I would like to take issue with a few points made by Ross Douthat in a recent New York Times opinion piece.
It's easy to bemoan the digital age and how it's turned us all into self-centered addicts of individualism. But really, all this has done is made us much more American than ever before.