Reassessing the Catholic Church’s dubious history in Latin America
What’s it like for the first living ex-pope in 600 years to watch from up close as the successor he enabled dismantles his legacy?
Getting his folk-musician friends together and making soundtracks, a once-quirky record producer has stirred up a roots-music revival.
In New York City, teaching your own kids can make the most practical sense.
The place of gay people in the church is one of the bitterest disputes in Christianity since the Reformation. The Anglican Church is trying to have it both ways—affirming traditional notions of marriage and family while seeking to adapt its teachings to the experiences of gays and lesbians. Presiding over the debate, gently—too gently?—prodding the communion toward acceptance of gay clergy, is Rowan Williams, the brilliant and beleaguered archbishop of Canterbury. He’s been pilloried from all sides for his handling of these issues, but his distinctive theology and leadership style may offer the only way to open the Anglican Church to gay people without breaking it apart.
In the debate over the war on terror (and just about everything else, too), neocons and liberals, theocons and Christian pacifists, idealists and realists have all called upon the writings of the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. What does the promiscuous invocation of his work tell us about the man—and about his would-be acolytes?
How Joseph Ratzinger stepped into the shoes of John Paul II—and what it means for the Catholic Church
Media commentators love to speculate about the power politics of the next conclave. They keep forgetting about the most important factor of all