Essay: My vocation was not to be a Maryknoll missionary or a monk, but something else.
Essay: Legislation protecting LGBT people from discrimination is a civil rights imperative that the Catholic church is obligated to support.
Essay: Five reasons underlie the church's pivot to a positive vision of peace and a point of view that goes well beyond the just war theory.
Essay: It was a subtle, almost imperceptible invitation. Yet, at 7 p.m., I was drawn back to church for the Good Friday liturgy.
To my small mind during my formative years, Ash Wednesday was a day filled with equal parts mysticism, theater and a little horror thrown in for good measure.
At 6 p.m. on an unusually mild Christmas Eve, I parked my tan Ford Escort next to Ellen's red one outside a pizza parlor in downtown Syracuse, N.Y.
Essay: I have the suspicion that Pope Francis is a fan of Scrooge, the crusty, mean, emotionally gnarled miser of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
Essay: After a failed attempt to become a Trappist monk, imposter Ferdinand Waldo Demara proceeded to join nearly a dozen other Catholic orders.
Essay: Like it or not, a study of Catholic youth in the United States shows the situation regarding young people and the church is somber.
Essay: What could the U.S. church look like in 50 years? One writer takes a guess.