What should we make of the other gospels?

By Michael Peppard| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology

If Catholics know anything at all about the Bible, we know that there are four gospels. But every so often, a newly discovered ancient text hits the headlines, such as the Gospel of Thomas (1945), the Gospel of Judas (2006), or the papyrus fragment last year that included a phrase about Jesus’ “wife.”

What are Catholics supposed to make of texts not included in the canon of the New Testament?

In short, be not afraid. While the fourfold gospel canon holds a mine of inexhaustible spiritual riches, there is also much to be learned from noncanonical sources.


All sworn out: Lay Catholics shouldn't have to sign loyalty oaths

By Rosemarie Zagarri| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Vatican Young Adults

Editors' note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


All sworn out: Lay Catholics shouldn't have to sign loyalty oaths

By Rosemarie Zagarri| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Vatican Young Adults

Editors' note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


What is the soul?

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology

When I was a teenager, I took a religious education correspondence course from the Paulist Fathers. They would send me booklets to read, and at the end of them were questions on the material that I would answer and send back. Then some anonymous Paulist priest would grade my answers and return them to me with the next pamphlet.


What is the soul?

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology

When I was a teenager, I took a religious education correspondence course from the Paulist Fathers. They would send me booklets to read, and at the end of them were questions on the material that I would answer and send back. Then some anonymous Paulist priest would grade my answers and return them to me with the next pamphlet.


An inside look at Pope Francis

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Article Hispanic Catholics Vatican
Claretian Father Gustavo Larrazábal, an old friend of Pope Francis, talks about the pope's past in Argentina and what it means for the future of the church.

How did you meet the new pope?


Are popes required to serve for life?

By Joseph McHugh| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Vatican

Catholics have become accustomed to the idea of popes dying in office—after all, 600 years is a long time between papal resignations. But there is no written rule that a pope must serve for life.

Pope Benedict, in his announcement of resignation, said of the papacy that “both strength of mind and body are necessary—strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”


Are popes required to serve for life?

By Joseph McHugh| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Vatican

Catholics have become accustomed to the idea of popes dying in office—after all, 600 years is a long time between papal resignations. But there is no written rule that a pope must serve for life.

Pope Benedict, in his announcement of resignation, said of the papacy that “both strength of mind and body are necessary—strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”


Lasting impressions: The legacy of Pope Benedict XVI

By Father Robert Imbelli| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Vatican
Pope Benedict XVI will leave behind an enduring legacy—and some big challenges for his successor.

Lasting impressions: The legacy of Pope Benedict XVI

By Father Robert Imbelli| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Vatican
Pope Benedict XVI will leave behind an enduring legacy—and some big challenges for his successor.

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