The gospel truth: What can the gospels teach us about the historical Jesus?

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Article Scripture and Theology
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

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Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
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.

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A Jewish take on Jesus: Amy-Jill Levine talks the gospels

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Scripture and Theology
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

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Article Politics Scripture and Theology
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.

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Vatican 2.0: A look ahead to the next 50 years

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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.


The church after the council

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Article Scripture and Theology

In this article in the November 1966 issue of U.S. Catholic, German Jesuit Father Karl Rahner, one of the most influential Catholic theologians of the 20th century, writes about what Catholics should do to make church renewal in the wake of the Second Vatican Council more than a promise.


Have Vatican II’s teachings been fully received?

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Article Scripture and Theology

The vision of the Second Vatican Council was broad and ambitious. In this Glad You Asked from the U.S. Catholic archives, Lawrence Cunningham give a progress report on the council’s reforms and renewal.


The World of Vatican II: The art of Franklin McMahon

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Article Art and Architecture Scripture and Theology


Female and Catholic: An interview with Sister Mary Luke Tobin, S.L.

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Article Vatican Women
According to Sister Mary Luke Tobin, S.L., Catholic women don’t want to receive an award for best supporting actress if they’re not allowed to help play the lead roles.

This U.S. Catholic interview with Sister Mary Luke Tobin, S.L., one of only 15 women—and the only American woman—to serve as official observers, or “auditors,” at the Second Vatican Council, originally appeared in the April 1987 issue.

As she accepted the 1986 U.S. Catholic Award for furthering the cause of women in the church, Tobin told this story:


Is the Mass still celebrated as a sacrifice?

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Article Scripture and Theology

A few years ago the Vatican issued a revised version of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, the “guidebook” for how to celebrate the Mass. The cover of the document’s American edition showed a part of Jan and Hubert Van Eyck’s magnificent 1432 altarpiece painting The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.


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