The story of Dymphna -- the patron saint of the mentally ill -- involves such horrors as incest and decapitation. However, her legacy launched a community of unprecedented and unrivaled compassion for the mentally ill.
Essay: No other nation imprisons its people as we do. Yet, going into jail to listen and help is an act of mercy and love.
Essay: I have chosen to be honest about my journey of faith as a gay Catholic person. Like all Christians, we LGBT Catholics need the church's ministry.
What was Cuba like for Catholics in the early days of the Castro revolution? Arthur Jones recalls his time as a reporter there in the 1960s.
Essay: Nicaragua. Land of mountains, lakes and a necklace of volcanoes. Land of poverty and earthquakes. Land of revolution. Land of hopes and dreams.
Essay: Men of power do not understand the language of dreams. They only understand the language of manipulation, coercion and murder.
Essay: The researchers behind Young Catholic America underestimate young Catholics' understanding of some very basic Catholic issues.
Essay: Gender, racism, poverty, later colonialism, heterosexism and ecology form the canvas on which Rosemary Radford Ruether paints her theology.
Essay: On Sept. 9, 1990, Russian Orthodox priest Alexander Men left his cottage. Someone came up behind him with an axe, struck his skull and fled.
Essay: Lionel Ferbos grew famous for tending the flame of music that spanned the years of his life. His sendoff was true to form.