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Have Mercy on Me: The Bishops' Synod on the Family 2015

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 11.13.2015 | Religion
W. Hunter Roberts

Subtle, yes, like a trim tab, but Pope Francis last week steered the massive heft of the Holy Roman Church, the oldest continuous institution in our midst, toward the Gospel message of mercy for all. I believe it just may be that, at least so far as he can direct it, the church is once again working for the Lord. Amen.

A Plan to Transform the US Immigrant Detention System

Donald Kerwin | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

The U.S. immigrant detention system serves two legitimate purposes, to ensure that persons in removal proceedings appear for their hearings and (if so ordered) can be removed and, in rare cases, to protect the public.

Backlash Against Chilean Bishop Threatens Francis' Reform Agenda

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
The GroundTruth Project

Pope Francis' decision to send Juan Barros, a bishop for 11 years who served as a military chaplain, to the southern Chilean city of Osorno has ignited new media coverage on Rev. Fernando Karadima, 84, a notorious pedophile in Chile who was ousted by the Vatican four years ago, and who Barros used to share a close connection with.

Belgian Catholic Bishop Calls For Recognition Of Same-Sex Relationships

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.02.2015 | Religion

A Belgian bishop is bravely standing up for love. Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, Belgium has called on the Catholic Church to recognize the caring ...

For Catholics, There's Something About Torture

Mathew N. Schmalz | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Mathew N. Schmalz

For American Catholics to confront American torture, we have to confront our own tortured and torturing history as a church.

Odd Couple? U.S. Catholic Bishops and Community Organizers

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Catholic bishops ask their parishioners to donate to the needy, but this annual special collection is not charity.

U.S. Catholic Bishops Back President Obama On Immigration

Religion News Service | DAVID GIBSON | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion

BALTIMORE (RNS) The nation’s Catholic bishops are jumping into the increasingly contentious battle over immigration reform by backing President Obam...

New Chicago Archbishop Won't Live In $14.3 Million Cardinal's Mansion

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.23.2014 | Religion

Chicago’s incoming Archbishop Blase Cupich is foregoing the archdiocese’s lavish $14.3 million Cardinal’s Mansion for humbler digs. The Chic...

Five Things the Synod Just Did

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

All in all, the last two weeks have proven a very Jesuit "way of proceeding," as St. Ignatius Loyola would say. It's what we call "discernment," which includes prayer, as well as much discussion, some division and even some debates.

Iraqi Catholic Couple Attending Pope Francis' Synod Describe Havoc Wreaked By ISIS

Time | Elizabeth Dias | Posted 10.10.2014 | Religion

Baghdad has been home to Riyadh Azzu and Sanaa Habeeb for their entire lives. It is where they first met at church in 1969, married in 1976, developed...

Catholic and Protestant Church Clergy To Work Together For Richard III's Burial

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.23.2015 | Religion

King Richard III ruled for two short years, between 1483 and 1485, before he was defeated by the future Henry VII during the Battle of Bosworth, accor...

Pope Francis Gives The Boot To Bishop Who Protected Priest Accused Of Sexual Abuse

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Thursday forcibly removed a conservative bishop from a Paraguayan diocese who had clashed with his fellow bishops ...

Barbie's 'Virgin Mary' Makeover Is Infuriating Catholic Bishops

Religion News Service | JOSEPHINE MCKENNA | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Barbie has had a number of careers in her 55 years — flight attendant, veterinarian, astronaut, even president. Her latest role, however,...

Catholic Parish Divided Over Priest's Decision To Ban Married Gay Couple From Receiving Communion

The Associated Press | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A Roman Catholic bishop says a central Montana parish is about evenly divided over a new priest's decision to prohibit a gay co...

A Lesbian Mother on the Discriminatory 'Inclusion Act' Endorsed by Catholic Bishops

Marianne T. Duddy-Burke | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion
Marianne T. Duddy-Burke

The so-called Inclusion Act does nothing to protect children. To the contrary, it could continue depriving children of potentially loving, stable homes. And it does nothing to protect religious liberty.

How Hobby Lobby Killed Religious Liberty

Jon O'Brien | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is a disaster for women, and we can lay the blame squarely at the feet of the Obama administration.

Border Crisis Linked to Bishops' Crusade Against Contraception

John Seager | Posted 09.01.2014 | Religion
John Seager

While experts strive to stem this immigration surge, one fundamental cause shouldn't be ignored: the Vatican's refusal to respect the rights of all women to make their own childbearing decisions.

No One 'Does Catholic' Like the Nuns on the Bus

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Pope Francis is summoning Catholics -- and all persons of good will -- to heed this message and to take action. And in the United States, no one has taken this call more to heart than the Nuns on the Bus.

Why the Catholic Church's Suppression of Abortion Dissent Should Concern Us All

Patricia Miller | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Patricia Miller

Sadly, while many Catholics today would find it preposterous that anyone affiliated with the church could support abortion rights, prominent Catholics once addressed questions about the morality and legality of abortion in ways that were beneficial not just to Catholics but to society as a whole.

Pope Francis I, the Nun-Busters and Why Catholics Should Buy "Quest For the Living God"

Michele Somerville | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion
Michele Somerville

We have seen a great shift in this Vatican's tone. But what have we not seen? We have not seen the shift fully extend to the women of the church.

Washington State Case Study: A Difficult Miscarriage Made Worse by Hospital's Religious Restrictions on Care

Lori Freedman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion
Lori Freedman

The effects of the doctrine on care are complex and merit a better response than telling women they can get their reproductive health needs met elsewhere. Ultimately, institutions providing ob-gyn care must be held to the same standards regardless of their religious affiliation -- and if not -- who will make sure patients understand how their care may be compromised?

For Pope Francis: A To-Do List on Women

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Angela Bonavoglia

I've been deeply moved by your passionate defense of the poor, your willingness to call unbridled capitalism what it is. But I have been far less moved by what you have been saying about women.

What Happens When We Don't Need Women's Bodies for Gestation?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Feminists in many disciplines have extensively considered what ectogenesis could mean for women's rights, the structure of the family, class, race and society. What does it mean to sever human "birth" from the human body

Church Must Let Schools Remain Separate Entities, Says Catholic Leader

Cara McDonough | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Cara McDonough

The new pope's resonance with so many church members shows that among more progressive Catholics, there is a true desire for change. Like many Catholics, I believe this change cannot possibly arrive without the support of Catholic leaders.

Catholic Bishops Soften Earlier Threats Against Obamacare

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 11.23.2013 | Religion

(RNS) After a closed-door session at their annual meeting in Baltimore this month, the U.S. Catholic bishops issued an unusual “special message” r...