Critics of Francis have grown bolder and more demanding than ever, but the pontiff has a surprising ally in a soft-spoken Italian priest who critics call "the pope's mouthpiece."
Faith and Justice: Do I think the Catholic church is in danger of schism over the question of Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics? No.
Part 1 of 2: NCR's Michael Sean Winters and E.J. Dionne, columnist for The Washington Post, discuss presidential politics.
Catholic intellectuals have been criticizing, and defending, the Catholic bona fides of Pope Francis, especially since the pontiff released a landmark document on family life earlier this month.
Third Anniversary of Election: Catholic conservatives are worried Pope Francis is quietly unraveling the legacy of his predecessors.
Faith and Justice: The weakness of the conservative cause was shown by its need to use power when persuasion failed, but the liberal Catholic voice has never been successfully organized in the U.S.
Faith and Justice: I have some sympathy with what conservatives are experiencing today because I went through a similar experience in the late 1960s.
Ross Douthat has written an outstanding piece about Pope Francis in The Atlantic. It provides a worthwhile read into an understanding of the forces that have shaped our current pope.
That didn't take long.
Over at America magazine, Jesuit Fr. John W. O'Malley, a university professor in the theology department at Georgetown University and author of What Happened at Vatican II, quickly dismissed Ross Douthat's New York Times Sunday column, "The Pope and the Precipice."
There's something wrong with progressives in the Catholic church. We just don't get angry enough.