Zita Ballinger Fletcher is a journalist and the author of more than 10 fiction and nonfiction books. She writes on military history, genealogy and international affairs and has written articles for many publications including World War II History magazine, America's 1st Freedom magazine and the Gloucestershire Family History Society Journal (U.K.). She is fluent in German and has reported extensively on Germany's Catholic Church for Catholic News Service.

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Perspective

Why I haven't left the church

Perspective: Leaving the church doesn't sound like a choice a Catholic journalist would consider. Yet I have considered it twice in my life: as a teenager and just last year.

Commentary

The Latin Mass becomes a cult of toxic tradition

Commentary: In the wake of much needed reforms instituted by the Second Vatican Council, the Latin Mass has become a rallying point for change-resistant sects within the church.

Despite disagreements, German bishops commit to 'synodal way'

At their fall plenary, German prelates offered strong, opposing opinions as they discussed the synodal way — a future roundtable between the bishops and Germany's largest lay organization.

Anti-Nazi German priest beatified as martyr

Pallottine Fr. Richard Henkes, beatified Sept. 15, spoke out against the Nazis throughout the 1930s and early '40s. He was later sent to Dachau where he died in 1945.