Understanding and responding to AIDS in Africa
Fifty years after the game-changing Second Vatican Council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times. Father Benezet Bujo challenges us to consider the context of HIV-AIDS in Africa and to find meaningful solutions.
The church as family is the place where all members give to each other and nourish together the gift of life.
Why I walked out of Mass
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Women and authority in the church
Fifty years after the game-changing Second Vatican Council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times. Here, professor Phyllis Zagano examines the possibility of women deacons.
What is the history of marriage?
Before the obligatory “Ave Maria” and a crazy aunt leading “YMCA” at the reception, guests at a Catholic wedding witness “a covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation of children.” But this was not always the case. For more than a thousand years of church history, this idea of marriage faced plenty of healthy competition.
The gospel truth: What can the gospels teach us about the historical Jesus?
Though the evangelists shouldn't be confused with reporters, they've left clues to the facts behind our biblical faith.
Jesus has his normally crowded itinerary this month. In our Sunday readings he'll be lecturing his disciples on why they don't need more faith--they just need faith. Then he'll be chased by 10 lepers crying out for a miracle. After dispatching them whole, if not unanimously grateful, he'll teach a lesson or two about the importance of prayer. Then that needy tax collector Zacchaeus, dangling from a tree, will catch his attention.
Responding to clericalism and sex abuse
Fifty years after the game-changing Second Vatican Council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times. Here, Scott Appleby responds to clericalism and sex abuse.
A Jewish take on Jesus: Amy-Jill Levine talks the gospels
Jesus was smack in the middle of the Jewish tradition of his time. Remembering that can make you a better Christian, says this Jewish scholar of the New Testament.
Considering Christian-Muslim encounters
Fifty years after the game-changing Second Vatican Council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times. Here, Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald considers the importance of Christian-Muslim encounters.
Vatican 2.0: A look ahead to the next 50 years
Fifty years after the game-changing council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times.
Rather than taking another nostalgic look back at the Second Vatican Council, the editors of U.S. Catholic decided to mark this month’s 50th anniversary of its opening by inviting some of today’s leading thinkers in the church to sketch out principles that might guide the people of God in responding to several new signs of the times.
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