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Catholic Church Reform

Pope Francis: The Reformer

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion
Stan Chu Ilo

While he has not substantially altered the content of that message which is often seen as conservative, Eurocentric, and resistant to the exigencies of history and social change, he is chipping away at its foundations through a new hermeneutic of multiplicity and inclusion.

Pope Francis and the Remaking of Modern Catholicism

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 05.12.2015 | Chicago
Stan Chu Ilo

When we look at the words and deeds of Pope Francis since his papacy, it is obvious that he has surpassed the expectations of many. The Francis effect is now the new narrative of the Catholic Church with all the positive consequences of this for realizing the mission of Roman Catholicism in the world.

Pope Francis, Two Years On

Thomas Worcester | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

On March 13, 2013, the election of Jorge Bergoglio, S.J. as pope was greeted with a frenzy of expectations that has become somewhat calmer over the past two years, but only somewhat, and with ample possibilities for renewed frenzy.

Pope Francis Can't Be The Savior of the Catholic Church

Lauren Boyle | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion
Lauren Boyle

Despite his rampant popularity and sound bytes that give lapsed Catholics great hope, Pope Francis cannot save a Church by himself, nor should he have to.

Pope Opens Vatican Meetings With Call For Flexibility

Religious News Service | David Gibson | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Thursday (Feb. 20) opened a major two-day meeting on the church’s approach to the complexities of modern family l...

Cardinals Gather In Rome To Debate The Church's Biggest Issues

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) High-level debates over Catholic teachings on marriage and divorce and other hot-button issues heated up on Wednesday (Feb. 19) as ...

Is The Catholic Church Too Self-Involved? The Pope Thinks So

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion

The "People's Pope" is living up to his name. In a brutally frank interview published by Italian daily La Repubblica this week, Pope Francis revea...

Reformist Priest Issues 'Appeal To Disobedience'

Religion News Service | Kevin Eckstrom | Posted 07.24.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) An Austrian priest who’s been banned from speaking at Roman Catholic churches during his three-week U.S. tour said Pope Francis cou...

Priest Reform Group Gingerly Steps Forward

Religion News Service | DAVID GIBSON | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Before convening its second annual meeting last month, a fledgling organization of U.S. priests that wants to reform the Catholic Church was twe...

Catholic Without A Church

Thomas Moore | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Thomas Moore

I am Catholic deep in my heart, though I don't practice in the accepted ways. I know there are many like me, waiting for a community modeled on the community around Jesus, who, in my view, didn't intend to found a religion but to inspire a sane and beautiful way of life.

French Cardinal Warns Gay Marriage Law Risks Violence

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS, April 16 (Reuters) - France's top Catholic bishop warned the government on Tuesday that legali...

'Francis, Rebuild My Church': Will Pope Francis Heed The Call?

John L. Esposito | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
John L. Esposito

Pope Francis now faces an institutional church in need of substantial rebuilding and reform: a deeply divided church theologically; an entrenched and flawed, some would say incompetent, Vatican bureaucracy; a legacy of decades of scandals (in particular pedophilia) and of deception by members of the hierarchy; and an exodus of Catholics in Europe and America.

8 Things Catholics (And Other Christians) Want The New Pope To Do

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Many Catholics are hopeful the new pope will initiate needed change in their Church. There are some early signs that his papacy might be different. But it remains to be seen whether Pope Francis will be a proponent of change or an opponent to it.

When St. Francis Needed A Band-Aid And Became Enlightened

Lisa Hickman | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

In my reading this week I came across a fascinating story about St. Francis that speaks deeply to that last commitment to work toward the repair of an ailing church. This story is a challenge for us all.

3 Ways Pope Francis Will Emulate His Namesake

Stephen White | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Stephen White

Francis of Assisi is among the most beloved saints of the Church. In taking the name Francis, the new pope has signaled to the world something of his intentions for his papacy.

Can Any Good Come Of It?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

We stand at a momentous time in the Church. Let us pray the cardinals who gather in conclave choose wisely and well.