Essay: I have the suspicion that Pope Francis is a fan of Scrooge, the crusty, mean, emotionally gnarled miser of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
Essay: After a failed attempt to become a Trappist monk, imposter Ferdinand Waldo Demara proceeded to join nearly a dozen other Catholic orders.
Essay: Like it or not, a study of Catholic youth in the United States shows the situation regarding young people and the church is somber.
Memorial Day: I love my country. I marched in and still cry at parades. My dad was a World War II veteran. But I abhor war.
Essay: What could the U.S. church look like in 50 years? One writer takes a guess.
The story of Dymphna -- the patron saint of the mentally ill -- involves such horrors as incest and decapitation. However, her legacy launched a community of unprecedented and unrivaled compassion for the mentally ill.
Essay: No other nation imprisons its people as we do. Yet, going into jail to listen and help is an act of mercy and love.
Essay: I have chosen to be honest about my journey of faith as a gay Catholic person. Like all Christians, we LGBT Catholics need the church's ministry.
What was Cuba like for Catholics in the early days of the Castro revolution? Arthur Jones recalls his time as a reporter there in the 1960s.
Essay: Nicaragua. Land of mountains, lakes and a necklace of volcanoes. Land of poverty and earthquakes. Land of revolution. Land of hopes and dreams.