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Catholic Catechism

Which Churches Are the Most Activist of All? New Study Findings May Surprise You

David Briggs | Posted 08.17.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The nation's largest religious body is also by far the most likely to have its congregations take to the streets in public demonstrations or lobby the halls of power on moral issues, a new study finds.

Unsteady Halo: The Canonization of Pope John Paul II

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

In retrospect, had John Paul II chosen to do what his immediate successor did -- retire at an appropriate time -- he would have stepped down around 1995. Our assessment would be different. But we must assess his legacy in its totality.

Let's Banish Talk About 'Intrinsic Disorder'

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The average reader of the Catechism will see in this language the whole, sorry history of efforts to medicalize and "treat" those deemed "afflicted" with same-sex attractions. Being gay is not a choice but something innate and natural.

Pope Francis Says More Nice Words About LGBTs, Changes Nothing

John Becker | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

Pope Francis' Catholic Church isn't abandoning its anti-LGBT beliefs; it's just going to talk about them less often. The pontiff's comments were a response to the shifting politics around LGBT issues, not a new policy of inclusion. They are, at most, a change of style, not one of substance.

The Pope Said 'Gay' -- What Happens Next?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

To be sure, Popes do not change doctrine in off-the-cuff airplane interviews. The Catechism remains today as it was yesterday -- equal parts condemnation and conciliation. But something has changed, decisively so. And that is tone.

Pope Francis's Opportunity to Heal

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

We are "gravely disordered," "afflicted with evil tendencies," our relationships constitute a "troubling moral and social phenomenon," and "a destruction of God's work," which "threatens human dignity and the future of humanity itself," but the Church somehow deeply respects us?

Pope Francis And Museum-Piece Catholicism

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The Church cannot be all change, all flux, lacking all core or conviction. But at the same time, the Church has been most alive when it has been swept by change.

Popes Out of Step With Their Times

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I wonder how long it will take the Church to apologize for its longstanding marginalization and persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and its ultimate sanction of our relationships and our gender expressions. I'm certainly not going to hold my breath

It's Not Your Grandmother's Catechism

Mary DeTurris Poust | Posted 12.11.2012 | Religion
Mary DeTurris Poust

Admit it: When you hear the word "catechism," you're eyes start to glaze over. But if you haven't tried the "new" Catechism of the Catholic Church, you're really missing out on something remarkable.

The Death Penalty Is Political Sport At Its Most Barbarous

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

When the audience cheered the death penalty accomplishment, I felt like I was at the Colosseum surrounded by Romans giving thumbs down to a beleaguered Christian before the lions. It is barbaric.

Gay In The Pew: LGBT Catholics And Church Teaching

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 09.08.2011 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

We should choose to stay in the Church while embracing Christ's guidance -- ask questions, seek answers and never stop knocking -- because one day the door will be opened.

Will Catholics Rejoice Over The Repeal Of DADT?

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

The repeal of DADT is not about marriage, or sexual activity, but about something else, and something more important: simple human dignity. And the innate dignity of the human being is an overarching theme of Christian theology.

Why I'm (Still) Catholic

Cara McDonough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Cara McDonough

I'm Catholic because I often find my religion in simple acts of service, and that's enough. Because I believe in something larger than the individual. Because in the face of a sometimes incomprehensible world, I hope.