Richard McBrien is professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame and a priest of the archdiocese of Hartford, Conn. He is the author of several books, including his best-selling Catholicism, Lives of the Popes, and Lives of the Saints. He is also general editor of the one-volume HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism. McBrien is past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and winner of its annual John Courtney Murray Award for "distinguished achievement in Theology."

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2012 has truly been the year of the nuns

Essays in Theology: The Vatican and conservative U.S. bishops should simply say "thank you" and then let the nuns do their work on behalf of the Kingdom of God.

Pope John XXIII's opening address to the Second Vatican Council

Essays in Theology: On the opening day of Vatican II, Pope John XXIII gave an address that laid down the framework for what turned out to be the four sessions of the assembly.

Showing support for LCWR during these trying times

Essays on Theology: It's old news by now, but I want to add my name to the list of people who support the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

Papyrus scrap mentioning Jesus' wife could affect thousands of priests

Essays in Theology: If Jesus had a wife, the primary basis for obligatory clerical celibacy in the church would be out the window.