Francis's popularity among progressives suggests that women and gay people are still viewed as appendages in the struggle for a better society.
There are daunting challenges for the church at this time of year, says Lucy Winkett
A study by Theos shows the apparently limited appeal of scientific materialism. But is it evidence that hardline atheism of the Richard Dawkins variety has little popular appeal?
They bear no more responsibility for jihadism than Christians do for the Ku Klux Klan.
"To judge by the tide of uncritical sentimentality which swept over the British press ... you might have thought that the Reformation had never taken place".
Reviewed: Mea Maxima Culpa.
He smokes roll-ups, his ring tone is Abba, and he is passionately in favour of gay marriage; what’s "Father Ray" doing in a church which won't recognise his relationship?
Pope Paul VI, who banned Catholics from using contraception, is the latest pontiff to be put forward for sainthood.
Nelson Jones investigates the attack on Wayne Houchin on Dominican television.