The joy of love -- but not for everybody

Commentary: The pope's exhortation that LGBT people be treated with respect is heartfelt. But the church has offered those words before, and they often ring hollow.

Cordileone's continuing controversy in San Francisco revolves around Catholic identity

The continuing controversy surrounding San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's attempt to emphasize Catholic teaching on sexuality in the San Francisco high schools under his control is, among other things, about how we understand Catholic identity.

In the context of our secular society, it is good and necessary for a diocesan bishop to focus on Catholic identity.

What is really toxic in the new San Francisco teacher handbook

NCR Today: The language of the handbook suggests that if employees are discreet, then no harm, no foul. This is a clumsy, inept Catholic version of "Don't ask, don't tell." 


The Catholic church is on track to become a shrinking cult

Opinion: Young Catholics are increasingly turned off by the attitudes of some American bishops, including the opposition to civil gay marriage and refusal to consider female priests.