Jesuit Fr. James F. Keenan is Canisius professor at Boston College, where he is vice provost for global engagement and director of the Jesuit Institute.

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The church needs women cardinals

Commentary: It was only in 1917 that the "new" Code of Canon Law decreed that cardinals had to be ordained, but the sacrament of orders does not bestow any particular competence. If Pope Francis is looking for competent judgment, could there not be women in his Council of Cardinals?


Let US Catholics arise and stand ahead of bishop presidents' Rome summit

Commentary: U.S. Catholics could stand after the memorial acclamation, as a tangible expression of expectation that our clergy understand that they must develop reforms with the laity to protect minors.


If we want to reform the church, let's make women cardinals

Commentary: We don't need to wait for women to be ordained — there have been laypeople in the College of Cardinals before. Let women have a place at the table now.


7 takeaways from hosting 'Amoris Laetitia' theology seminars for 47 US bishops

I traveled with pastoral leaders and theologians across the U.S. to assist our bishops in discussing Pope Francis' 2016 apostolic exhortation on family life. Let me offer you seven takeaways.