Laudato Si' embraces what Francis calls a "very solid scientific consensus" that humans are causing cataclysmic climate change endangering the planet.
Book review: Wills speaks not from left field, but from inside the church, a regular Massgoer with a devotion to the rosary.
Young Voices: If we encounter Christ in those people who are marginalized and get to know them, we won't be able to throw them away.
Opinion: Because complementarity will be discussed at the upcoming synod, it's important to compare how Francis and John Paul II viewed the concept.
A small c catholic: The so-called "New Perspective on Paul" movement has opened enlightening new ways of understanding how the "Jesus movement" eventually became Christianity.
THE STORY LUKE TELLS: LUKE'S UNIQUE WITNESS TO THE GOSPEL
By Justo L. González
Published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., $14
Jesuit Fr. Lucas (Yiu Sing Luke) Chan, who had a global reputation as a rising pioneer in the field of theological ethics, died Tuesday.
Catholic church leaders and scholars are not the only ones praising the 50-year-old church document Nostra Aetate ("In Our Time"), the Second Vatican Council's declaration on relations with non-Christian religions.
During the first part of a May 19-21 symposium on the document at The Catholic University of America, it also got high marks from a U.S. Muslim leader who said Nostra Aetate helps different faiths "recognize common roots and build a new sense of direction."
Dominican Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, the 86-year-old liberation theologian, said his work is "a love letter to God, to the church and to my people."
Asked if he would change anything he has written in the past 40 years, the Peruvian who is often referred to as "the father of liberation theology," said no one would write their beloved the same love letter after 40 years, "but it is the same love."
It used to be that just saying the words "liberation theology" around Catholics was enough to start a schism-level fight, or at least raise a red flag in Rome.
The theological movement that focused on the poor emerged out of the church's social justice ferment in the 1960s, but it was always viewed by conservatives as an irredeemably Marxist version of the Gospel.
Worse, they said it was a tool of Soviet communists who were using the Roman Catholic church to foment revolution in Latin America and beyond, and at the very height of the Cold War.