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Faith and Reason
Pope Francis on capital punishment: a closer look
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?
From 1968, America’s editors on ‘Humanae Vitae’
July 16, 2018
“The right of Catholics to express disagreement with their leaders is a right as old as Peter and Paul.”
Arts & Culture
Why the Catholic Church can (and does) change
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.
The Vatican kidnapped a Jewish boy in 1858. Why are we still talking about it?
Holly Taylor Coolman
January 31, 2018
In the case of Edgardo Mortara, a number of central theological questions come into play.
Faith and Reason
Are we seeing changes in the teaching ministry of the pope?
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.
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