The Common Good

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Francis—refreshingly candid and seemingly repelled by the perks of the papacy—offers new hope for the Catholic Church and beyond.
In John Carr's view, Pope Francis is already shaking up the Catholic Church—and the best is yet to come.


Pope Francis is clearly on a mission to alter the status quo, but will that extend to greater freedom for women's leadership in the church?
'Not to share one's goods with the poor is to rob them.'
Gaza, a land at once ugly and impoverished—and beautiful and rich.
New data shows that Protestant churches, including evangelicals, are increasingly involved in social action ministries.
How taking it to the streets is changing theological education.
Regardless of where we end up on immigration reform, Matthew 22 reminds us that no law can make us love our neighbor.


A grassroots resistance movement emerges in North Carolina.
Korean sex slaves—so-called "comfort women"—stand up for respect and justice.
Dreams of a better life—and political corruption—spark rising protests around the world.


We should always be open to what God is speaking to a new generation of Christians.

More than 80 bills to restrict voter access were introduced in 2013.

GOP attempts to circumvent the health-care law range from the inane to downright bullying.

You can't hide this kind of debacle forever—people are finding out.

If you have something to hide, hide it better.

Culture Watch

Comic book creator Gene Luen Yang on his latest work, Boxers & Saints.
The March by PBS / Secular Days, Sacred Moments edited by David Cooper / One True Vine by Mavis Staples / The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Dale Hanson Bourke
When we experience movies like memories, we meditate rather than consume, and do what Pascal suggested was the antidote to all the problems in the world: sitting still for 10 minutes and thinking.
Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber
Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation. Fortress Press.
Has the uptick in Christians eager to adopt overseas done more harm than good?
"We're all bastards," Will Campbell wrote, 'but God loves us anyway."


Excerpt from Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander
Khaipi, a peace studies professor in Thailand and a Chin religious freedom activist
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C