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.
Viewpoint: The war in Mali is not a result of the perfidy of Islamist extremists or another case of a dysfunctional African state.
Viewpoint: Ecclesiastical clothes today are less intelligible and point less clearly to something beyond their colors and gilt than 50 years ago.
Viewpoint: Can we turn to Jesus for great investment advice? No reason why not. Here's how.
Viewpoint: In face of near-universal international condemnation for this latest Israeli provocation, however, the United States rushed to Israel's defense.
Viewpoint: Perhaps this year, you may hear a story of courage and faith shared by a transgender person. This will be a grace.
Viewpoint: Lately the term stupid has been used quite frequently.But did you know stupid has a religious meaning, too?