Opinion: As Francis embarks on a papacy rooted in Gospel values, a cloud of unresolved and inadequately addressed ecclesiastical cover-up envelops the Vatican.
Opinion: South America continues to blaze new trails for fair elections as well as for the political applications of the church's social teachings.
Opinion: A convention in the Baltimore archdiocese drew a mostly older crowd for its discussion on Vatican II. One attendee ruminates.
Opinion: We stand at a crossroads. Catholics are deeply divided, and we need a new attempt to unify the people of God.
Opinion: Despite the body count of the war in Iraq, some of the same politicians in Washington who pushed us into war a decade ago want to do so again.
Opinion: It's been 10 years since President George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, causing countless deaths and suffering for both Iraqis and Americans.
Opinion: There is hope that the first Jesuit pope will focus more on the poor and will be more open to women in the church.
Whether or not Pope Benedict XVI resigned because of a gay-related scandal in the Vatican, there is no doubt that gay sexual scandals among the clergy today are causing the average Catholic, and the average gay man, a great deal of sadness.
The head of the Scottish Catholic church, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, resigned amid allegations he was physically inappropriate with four priests. Msgr. Kevin Wallin is in a Connecticut jail, accused of dealing crystal meth from the rectory, which he allegedly did to pay for his sex and drug addictions.
Opinion: The election of Pope Francis was an inspired choice who might be able to make some changes at the highest levels of church.
Opinion: The cost was calculated in dollars, trust, respect and faith, but the cost must also include the loss of truth.