Jamie L. Manson is a columnist and books editor at the National Catholic Reporter. She is editor of Changing the Questions: Explorations in Christian Ethics, a collection of writings by Margaret Farley. Her writing has won numerous awards, and her activism on behalf of women in the church led her to receive the Theresa Kane Award for Women of Courage and Vision.

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Column: With his treatment of Cardinal Pell, Pope Francis shows his clericalism

Grace on the Margins: Why does the pope who once told priests to "smell like the sheep" keep favoring abusive prelates and doubting their victims?


So, what are 'deep-seated homosexual tendencies' anyway?

Grace on the Margins: In a new interview, Francis reasserts the criteria for banning gay men from seminaries. No matter how you interpret his words, they harm and denigrate LGBTQ Catholics.

After brief embrace with prelates, activists clash with Italian police

A peaceful protest just steps from St. Peter's Square turned into a clash with Roman police, as bishops and cardinals were entering the opening session of the Synod of Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment on Oct. 3.

Catholic Women Speak network calls for church reform, focus on women

The delegates at the bishops' youth synod this month will hear few, if any, women's voices during the meeting, so more than 50 advocates and scholars gathered ahead of time to launch a new book and draw attention to the need for more women in church leadership and reforms.