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Meryl Streep Fills In For Bishops

Celia Wexler | Posted 01.10.2017 | Religion
Celia Wexler

What's sad for me is that in this day and age, we have to look to the entertainment industry for moral guidance. They are filling a huge vacuum created by the deafening silence from the leaders of my church, and from other faith leaders.

So Many Prelates; So Little Time

Celia Wexler | Posted 01.07.2017 | Religion
Celia Wexler

I've been getting ready for a book talk Jan. 10 at one of my favorite book shops, Kramerbooks in Washington. Booklovers in DC tend to be very sharp...

What Pope Francis Has To Say To Ultraconservatives In The Church

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.06.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis has won the hearts of many Catholics and non-Catholics alike, but not all those in the Vatican are as enamored with their Holy Father. Th...

Pope Francis Outlines Strict New Measures For Bishops Who Covered Up Abuse

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion

Bishops found to be "negligent" when dealing with cases of sexual abuse will be investigated and could be removed from office, a papal decree said on ...

The Pope of 'Hints' Strikes Again

Celia Wexler | Posted 05.13.2016 | Religion
Celia Wexler

Don't get me wrong. I am very fond of Pope Francis -- his warmth and sunniness, and his dedication to serving the poor. But it is becoming wearying when the Pope, after three years in office, edifies the faithful through off-the-cuff remarks that the media scramble to decipher.

Why Black Churches Don't Want You to Read 'Sidechickology'

Jeff Rivera | Posted 12.11.2016 | Black Voices
Jeff Rivera

It's the book that has tongues wagging. Sidechickology is the salacious story of two ministers and their steamy drama-filled affairs that some say are based on true events. The real question on everyone's mind is: Who is the author, Body of Work who co-wrote this scandalous book with Allison Hobbs?

New Presiding Episcopal Bishop Envisions A World Transformed By God's Love

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.30.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry, the son of an Episcopal priest and grandson of a Baptist preacher, will be installed as presiding bishop of the ...

By Recalling Its Ambassador from the Vatican, Turkey Helped Publicize Pope's Affirmation of Armenian Genocide

Harut Sassounian | Posted 06.23.2015 | Home
Harut Sassounian

The Turkish government's overreaction and the Pope's refusal to apologize for his remarks made international headlines on TV networks, websites and newspapers around the world.

A Ghost Story: Philly's Bishop Francis Kenrick Revisits the Scene of AntiCatholic Riots

Thom Nickels | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Thom Nickels

I, Bishop Francis Patrick Kenrick, was blessed with a fine clerical career. In my hometown of Dublin, I was selected, at age 18, to study in Rome. In Rome I spent many summers reading on the Spanish Steps and praying in St. Peter's.

Not So Fast! Says Vatican To Bishops

Reuters | Tom Heneghan | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - The Vatican warned bishops on Tuesday not to reform faster than Pope Francis, after a German diocese said that some divorced and remarried...

Church Of England Votes In Favor Of Ordaining Women Bishops

Reuters | Adam Jourdan | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - The Church of England's law-making body voted on Monday in favor of ordaining women bishops, but it will be at least two years before the ...

A Bishop's First Duty

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Today's Catholic episcopate seems increasingly marred by a bitter-end spirit of strife and faction. Where's the humble recognition that the political squabbles of this world should not rend asunder the Church of Christ?

Priest On Nun Crackdown: 'Vatican Is Hypocritical And Duplicitous'

Posted 06.01.2012 | Religion

The Vatican orthodoxy watch dog group known as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced in April its intention to overhaul the largest...

Richard Grenell, Romney and the (Religious) Politics of Hate

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

If you came to earth from another planet right now as the proverbial "visitor from Mars" and tried to figure out what most religions all seem agree on and care about most you'd conclude that it was about keeping women down and bashing gays. Call this the "ecumenism of oppression."

The Essence of Immorality

Cristina Page | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
Cristina Page

If the Bishops insist there's no firewall great enough to protect them from our contraceptive activities, then they also must admit there's no firewall great enough to protect us from their religious activities.

Do Unto Others: U.S. Bishops, Religious Liberty And Gay Americans' Tax Dollars

John Mattras | Posted 01.28.2012 | Religion
John Mattras

It is time for the bishops to own up to the obvious reality that denying services to a class of individuals is, in fact, discrimination.

Do Good Leaders Abound In The Catholic Church?

Thomas Worcester | Posted 10.29.2011 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Leadership may be found in any profession or vocation within the Church, including teachers, scholars, writers, pastoral ministers, chaplains, whether they are celibate or married, men or women.

Catholic Political Operatives Follow the Bishops

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

As I wrote last week, Compassion & Choices welcomes the affirmation by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) that religious objection ...

New Priests Offer Hope

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 07.06.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

A list of those being ordained priests this spring elicits hope and joy. Almost 500 men, from age 25 to 63, constitute the class of 2011 and embody what we need in the priesthood.

Pope Implicated In Cover-Up Of Wisconsin Sex Abuse Case

Huffington Post / AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

As a cardinal, Pope Benedict XVI and other Vatican officials did not punish or even hold a trial within the Catholic church for a Wisconsin priest who...

A Flawed Step Forward on Health Care Reform

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We all know how much the media love conflict, and they have fallen in love with the health care debate. To say the process hasn't been pretty would be one of the biggest Washington understatements in years.

Lutheran Bishops Prepare To Welcome Gay Clergy | Daniel Burke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

ishops in the nation's largest Lutheran denomination have approved preliminary steps to welcome a group of openly gay and lesbian ministers as officia...

Catholic Bishops Tell Congress That Passing Health Care Is A 'Moral Imperative'

Politics Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a strongly worded appeal that will test their political influence, especially with their pro-life and Republican allies, the Catholic bishops of th...

Catholic Church Shows Its Influence In Health Care Fight

Wall Street Journal | Peter Wallsten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Injecting itself aggressively into the health-care debate, the Roman Catholic Church in America has emerged as a major political force with the potent...