Short Take

James Martin, S.J. May 17, 2019
The problem is not the priesthood; the problem is clericalism.
Pope Francis visits a L'Arche community in Ciampino, Italy, on May 13, 2016. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Blake Mayes May 13, 2019
The United States is suffering from an epidemic of despair. The Doctrine of the Twelve Apostles, one of the earliest descriptions of a Christian community, offers one way to cultivate love.
Kurt Martens May 10, 2019
The painful experience of the U.S. church and the voices of the faithful worldwide have helped bring about a change in attitude and a change in law. There is no turning back now.
Number tiles await placement on the hymnal board. (iStock/linephoto)
John Zupez, S.J. May 08, 2019
A supposed need for variety imposes more and more hymns on congregants, but the cost of novelty can be the full, active participation of those in the pews.
Paul Ryan, then the speaker of the U.S. House, attends a town hall meeting on April 27, 2016, at Georgetown University's Institute of Politics and Public Service, in Washington, D.C. (CNS photo/Yuri Gripas, Reuters)
Paul D. McNelis, S.J. May 02, 2019
The Rodney Dangerfield film “Back to School” has a lesson for even the most famous individuals: Anyone can benefit from hitting the books.
Pope Francis greets Benedictine Abbot Bernardo Gianni during the Lenten retreat for the Roman Curia in Ariccia, Italy, on March 10. (CNS photo/Vatican Media via Reuters) 
Thomas J. Reese April 24, 2019
Reforming the Vatican Curia has been a goal since the Second Vatican Council, but so far the changes have failed to improve its efficiency or responsiveness. Pope Francis is trying again.