Conventional wisdom tells us Chávez was a despot who destroyed a once vibrant democracy, but others see another side.
What does it mean for a pope today if he bravely takes the name of Francis? The concerns of the 13th-century saint must be taken seriously.
Essay: We can't forget the advice of Teresa of Avila, who wrote that given the choice between a saintly confessor and one who is a good theologian, trust the theologian.
Essay: There are fewer women joining religious communities. But all is not lost: There are other alternatives for women who want to serve.
Essay: A forum on faith-based humanitarianism in May discussed the layers of complexity that come with such aid.
Essay: The two Capuchins approach their leadership roles in different ways, illustrating the paths Catholics can (and do) walk.
Essay: For a family separated when the bombs went off near the finish line, nothing was worse than not knowing.
Essay: The fundamental need within Catholicism is to grow institutionally and structurally into the interrelated three-fold form of ecclesial existence.
Essay: One day you awake to find yourself behind barbed wire fences as a prisoner of an escape-proof concentration camp -- old age.
Essay: Thomas Merton's prophetic and contemplative stance against white racism has yet to be understood, much less practiced.