Essay, Part 4 of 5: Much has been written about women's religious institutes being "outside the system," freer to act on behalf of the people of God. Would the presence of ordained members weaken this prophetic stance?
Perspective: Fear is the root of many problems facing Catholicism. I saw my relative transform from a mildly religious person into someone obsessed with the Apocalypse. In my opinion, fear was a key factor.
With the publication of "The Prosperity Gospel: Dangerous and Different," the Jesuit priest and Prebysterian minister are happily stirring up trouble again, eschewing the false politeness that characterizes too much writing on the Catholic left.
Distinctly Catholic: The partisan divisions in our culture, which are deeper than mere partisanship and extend to geography, socio-economic status and education levels, must not be allowed to overtake the life of the church.