Papal Authority

Tobias Winright August 17, 2018
Did Pope Francis depart from Scripture and tradition in declaring the death penalty "inadmissible"? Or was his declaration rooted deeply in both?
A couple gets married in Stockholm, Sweden, in this 2013 file photo. (CNS photo/Fredrik Sandberg, EPA) 
The Editors July 16, 2018
“The right of Catholics to express disagreement with their leaders is a right as old as Peter and Paul.”
Thomas P. Rausch March 20, 2018
Review of Ross Douthat's latest book, "To Change the Church." While the church always strives to honor what Jesus said about divorce and remarriage, it has made pastoral accommodations since its earliest days.
Pope Pius IX took Mortara into his personal care, but the family, of course, was torn by anger and grief.
Holly Taylor Coolman January 31, 2018
In the case of Edgardo Mortara, a number of central theological questions come into play.
Richard R. Gaillardetz September 15, 2017
Papal authority has expanded dramatically over the last 150 years. But our age has seen something new—informal papal teachings meant as pastoral encouragements more than doctrinal clarifications.