John O'Malley is University Professor, Department of Theology at Georgetown University.Moment of Truth: Extraordinary Synod on the Family
The first in a series of articles looking at the issues to be discussed at the forthcoming synod argues that what is decided will be less important than how the decisions are made. It will be the key test for Pope Francis’ vision of the Church.

August 3, 2010 in Vatican City, Rome, Italy. 53 000 pilgrims from all over world are arriving in Rome for pilgrimage Drinking Waters from True WellLiving Catholicism: A Church in Need of its People
Catholicism is alive. Understanding this simple statement is crucial to understanding the nature of the Catholic Church. It is often easy to reduce Catholicism to a philosophy we subscribe to, or a list of truths we believe in. While philosophies and statements of truth are an integral part of being human, Catholicism is so much more.

miguel-diasBuilding Bridges: Governing the Holy See in a pluralistic and globalized world
Whoever assumes the privileged role of serving as Pontifex Maximus—that is, the greatest among bridge-builders—will face the difficult task of bridging the divide that exists today among persons and nations of diverse human experiences, and between the world of secular rationality and the world of religious belief.

Why Catholicism and the Arts Matter: An Interview with Dana Gioia
Dana Gioia—poet, critic, and arts leader—has sometimes said, “I’m the only person who ever went to Stanford Business School to become a poet.”

Spirituality and Religion: 47 Challenges and Opportunities
Recent media coverage about the Catholic Church does not inspire confidence. We continue to read about sexual abuse by our clergy, the large number of Catholics who have left the Church for another faith or none at all (one in ten, according to a Pew Charitable Trust Survey), and the growing number of “nones,” that is the increasing number of young Americans who no longer identify with any church or religion.

The Necessity of Interfaith Dialogue: The Catholic/Muslim Dialogue
Except for some rare periods in history (e.g., the so-called time of Convivencia that took place among Jews, Christians and Muslims in southern Spain in the 14th and 15th centuries), believers in these three religious traditions either, at best, kept their distance from one another, or were in conflict. There has been very little genuine dialogue between these three religions.

ACCU Hesburgh Award
Political commentators, Church observers, and many ordinary citizens talk these days about the many polariza-tions that afflict our communities. In the Church, we certainly suffer from this now in a striking degree. People even sharply divide over what the mission of a Catholic college and university should be.

On Cardinals, Consistories and ‘Caritas in Veritate’
If there’s one thing even the most religiously illiterate person tends to get about the Catholic church, it’s the difference between a cardinal and everybody else. Cardinals matter: they set a leadership tone, and, of course, they elect the next pope.