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Theology of Institutions.” In Incarnate Grace:  Perspectives on the Ministry of Catholic Health Care.  Edited by Charles Bouchard.  pp. 250-67. St. Louis: Catholic Health Association, 2017.

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Are We Seeing Changes in the Teaching Ministry of the Pope?”  America (September 15, 2017).  Available on-line at:

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A More Pastoral Magisterium: Papal Authority in the Francis Era.” Commonweal (January 27, 2017): 18-21.

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Doctrine Air:  Room to Breathe on Church Teaching.”  Co-Authored with Stephen Pope. Commonweal 143 (February 26, 2016):  11-12.  Appeared on-line, January 21, 2016:

Does a Doctrinal Teaching Office Have an Ecumenical Future?  Assessing the Groupe des Dombes Document, ‘One Teacher’ (2005).”  In Where We Dwell in Common:  The Quest for Dialogue in the Twenty-First Century.  Edited by Gerard Mannion,  pp. 161-83.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

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Power and Authority in the Church: Emerging Issues.” In A Church with Open Doors: Catholic Ecclesiology for the Third Millennium. Edited by Richard R. Gaillardetz and Edward P. Hahnenberg, pp. 87-111. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015.

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The ‘Francis Moment’:  A New Kairos for Catholic Ecclesiology.” CTSA Proceedings 69 (2014):  63-80. 

Noncompetitive Theology of the Church. Louvain Studies 37 (2013): 3-27.

Married Priests: A Countercultural Witness.” Commonweal 140 (December 6, 2013): 10-12.

The Pope and the Bishops: Collegiality in Service of Catholicity.” C21 Resources (Fall 2013): 8-10.

A Great Multitude.” Give Us This Day (November 2013): 23.

A Culture of Encounter.” National Catholic Reporter (October 11-20, 2013): 9.

Powerlessness and Resurrection.” Give Us This Day (April 2013): 24-5.*

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Building on Vatican II: Setting the Agenda for the Church of the 21st Century.” Theoforum 44 (2013):  67-90.*

The Groupe des Dombes Document, “One Teacher” (2005): Toward a Post-conciliar Catholic Reception.” Theological Studies 74 (March 2013): 20-47.*

The Church Shifts in Spheres of Authority:  The Magisterium in Historical Perspective.” National Catholic Reporter (Feb. 1-14, 2013):  5-6.

Engaging Magisterial Activism Today.”  Horizons 39:2 (2012):  230-51.*

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Reflections on Key Ecclesiological Issues Raised in the Elizabeth Johnson Case.” In When the Magisterium Intervenes: The Magisterium and Theologians in Today’s Church, edited by Richard R. Gaillardetz, pp. 276-94. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, May, 2012.*

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Magisterium and the Faithful.” America 207:7 (September 24th, 2012): 16, 18.

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Prudential Judgment and Catholic Teaching.” Chapter in Voting and Holiness: A Catholic’s Guide to the Political Process, edited by Nicholas Cafardi, pp. 66-80. Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2012.*

The Johnson Case and the Practice of Theology: An Interim Report.” Horizons 38 (Fall 2011): 330-37.*

Reimagining the Prophetic/Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian.” Louvain Studies 34 (2009-10): 336-60.*  [This volume did not actually appear until fall, 2011.]

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The Theological Reception of ‘Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord’.” Chapter in Lay Ecclesial Ministry: Pathways toward the Future. Edited by Zeni Fox. pp. 17-30. Lanham: Rowan and Littlefield, 2010.*

Conversation Starters: Dialogue and Deliberation During Vatican II.” America (February 13, 2012): 14-18.

Laity, Theology of.” Entry in the Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, edited by Daniel Patte, pp. 702-3. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.*

The Limits of Authority.” Commonweal (August 13, 2010): 9-11.

Sexual Vulnerability and a Spirituality of Suffering: Explorations in the Writing of Etty Hillesum.” 22 Pacifica: Australasian Theological Studies (February 2009): 75-89.*

The Office of the Bishop within the Communio Ecclesiarum: Insights from the Ecclesiology of Jean-Marie Tillard.” Science et Esprit. 61 (Mai-Dec. 2009): 175-94.*

Re-Oriented.” Commonweal (December 4, 2009): 30.

‘For You I am a Bishop, With You I am a Christian’: The Office of Bishop in a Global Church.” Theology Digest (Fall 2006): 203-15 [Because of editorial changes this journal is behind in its volume numbers. This essay was actually submitted in 2007 and did not appear until February 2009].

Catholicism and the New Atheism.” America (May 5, 2008): 122-15.

Imagining the Perfect Papal Visit.” National Catholic Reporter (March 7, 2008).

Between Reform & Rupture: The Council According to Benedict XVI.” Commonweal (October 12, 2007): 16-20.

The Church of Christ and the Churches: Is the Vatican Retreating from Ecumenism?” America 197: 5 (August 27, 2007): 17-20.

Accountability in the Church: Report from Chiapas.” New Theology Review 19 (2006): 33-45.

Let’s Pray, Pay and Have Our Say!” U.S. Catholic 71:5 (May 2006): 18-20.

Ecclesiological Perspectives on Church Reform.” In Church Ethics and its Organizational Context: Learning from the Sex Abuse Scandal in the Catholic Church. Edited by Jean Bartunek, Mary Ann Hinsdale, and James F. Keenan, 57-68. Kansas City: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005.*

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Communion/Koinonia,” and “Ecclesiology and Spirituality” in New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Edited by Philip Sheldrake, 200-2; 259-61. London: SCM Press, 2005.*

In the Spirit of the Game.” U.S. Catholic 70 (December 2005): 30-3.

On the Theological Integrity of the Diaconate.” In Theology of the Diaconate: The State of the Question, 67-97. New York: Paulist Press, 2005. Also published as “Towards a Contemporary Theology of the Diaconate,” in Worship 79 (September 2005): 419-38.*

Apologetics, Evangelization and Ecumenism Today.” Origins 35 (May 19, 2005): 9-15.*

When in Rome… ” U.S. Catholic 70 (June 2005): 10-15.

Looking Ahead: My Hope for the Next Pope.” Commonweal 132 (April 22, 2005): 9-10.

Who’s the Boss? ” U.S. Catholic 70 (March 2005): 18-22.

The Sacrament of Marriage: Three Dimensions of a Daring Vocation.” Liguorian 92 (May-June 2004): 10-15.*

Mission and Ministry.” In Lay Ministry in the Catholic Church. Edited by Richard W. Miller II, 49-65. Liguori: Liguori Publications, 2005.*

What Can We Learn from Vatican II.” In The Catholic Church in the 21st Century. Edited by Michael J. Himes, 80-95. St. Louis: Liguori Publications, 2004.*

Do We Need a New(-er) Apologetics?” America 190 (February 2, 2004): 26-33.

Sizing Up Our Hospitality.” In Faith Alive (November 2003).*

The Ecclesiological Foundations of Ministry within an Ordered Communion.” In Ordering of the Baptismal Priesthood. Edited by Susan Wood, 26-51. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2003.

Bringing Our Lives to the Table: Intentional Preparation for the Liturgy.” Liturgical Ministry. (Fall 2003): 207-12.*

Can Catholics Disagree with Church Teaching?” Liguorian (September 2003): 10-14.*

Are Deacons the Answer?” Commonweal 130 (August 15, 2003): 22-4.

Marital and Ecclesial Commitment.” America 189 (August 4-11, 2003): 8-11.

Discovering ‘God’s Rhythms’: Nourishing Christian Spirituality in a Technological Culture.” New Theology Review16 (February 2003): 6-20.

The Trinity is Not an Arithmetic Problem.” In Faith Alive (October 2002).*

Embracing Loneliness in Marriage.” First Years and Forever 2 (September 2002).

The Reception of Doctrine: New Perspectives.” In Authority in the Roman Catholic Church. Edited by Bernard Hoose, 95-114. London: Ashgate, 2002.*

The Ordinary Universal Magisterium: Unresolved Questions.” Theological Studies 63 (September 2002): 447-71.*

The Selection of Bishops: Recovering the Enduring Values of Our Tradition.” Co-authored with John Huels. The Jurist 59 (1999): 348-76.*

Richard McCormick on the Moral Magisterium.” Louvain Studies 25 (2000): 348-62.*

Reflections on the Future of Papal Primacy.” New Theology Review 13 (November 2000): 52-66.

Learning from Marriage.” Commonweal (September 8, 2000): 18-21. [Re-printed in Our Family, (January, 2001); C21 Resources (Fall 2007).]

How Men Find God.” St. Anthony’s Messenger 108 (August 2000): 12-18.

Etty Hillesum: Suffering and Sexuality, Reflections on Passionate Living.” Spirituality 6 (May-June 2000): 148-52.*

The New ‘E-Magisterium.” America 182 (May 6, 2000): 7-9.*

Shifting Meanings in the Lay-Clergy Distinction.” Irish Theological Quarterly 64 (1999): 115-39.*

The Church as Sacrament: Towards an Ecclesial Spirituality.” The Way: Supplement (1999): 22-34.*

Ad tuendam fidem: An Emerging Pattern in Current Papal Teaching.” New Theology Review 12 (February 1999): 43-51.

A Time to Wait: An Advent Reflection.” Commonweal (December 4, 1998): 11-13. [Re-printed in Catholic Digest, December 1999]*

Unity, Liberty, Charity.” America 177 (October 4, 1997): 19-25.*

Home Economics’ and the Household of God.” Family Perspectives Journal 14 (Fall 1997): 1-4.*

Doing Liturgy in a Technological Age.” Worship 71 (September 1997): 429-51.*

Church as Communion, Universal and Local.” Church 13 (Fall 1997): 5-10.*

Recovering the Sacred Mystery: How to Connect Liturgy and Life.” Modern Liturgy 24:7 (September, 1997): 10-12 and 24:8 (October 1997): 7-9.*

The Divine in Daily Life.” America (December 7, 1996): 7-12.*

Infallibility and the Ordination of Women.” Louvain Studies 21 (1996): 3-24.*

The Catholic Faith: The Limits and Scope of Pastoral Ministry.” Commonweal 123 (February 9, 1996): 14-18.

An Exercise of the Hierarchical Magisterium.” America (July 30, 1994): 19-22.*

The Eucharistic Ecclesiology of Nicolas Afanassieff: Prospects and Challenges for Contemporary Ecumenical Dialogue.” Diakonia 27 (January 1994): 18-44.*

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