I wondered how I could be certain I wanted to be a Catholic when I didn't know anything about other religions. I recalled my mother telling me that I should always read the fine print before signing up for things.
SB1391 makes all pregnant women subject to the possibility of arrest, but the law also specifically targets some of society's most socially vulnerable women: those who have become addicted to illegal opiates. Today, SB1391 challenged me to think beyond its disastrous public health implications to consider the moral ones.
I just find it hard to believe that this wandering rabbi and his gang of 12 surely horny men were unmarried and celibate.
True spiritual enlightenment lies not in going to Church every Sunday or believing in a specific set of dogmas, but rather in understanding how religious parables can be used to shed light on mankind's greatest challenges.
The church still teaches that homosexual conduct is a sin, and that being gay is disordered. I hope that if you understand how this teaching tears families apart and prevent your bishops from fighting against the acceptance of LGBT people as equal members of society.
On April 5, a little baby, two-month old Umma Azul, was baptized into the Catholic faith. That may seem unremarkable until one realizes that the parents were a recently married lesbian couple.
There is much still to learn and understand about how and why the genocide happened -- to prevent future genocides. But one thing was clear today: Rwandans are proud of thinking big -- and they should be.
David Metcalfe, author, researcher and founder of Liminal Analytics (website) co-authored this piece....
A proposal to eradicate slavery by the year 2100 is one that makes more sense. It gives time to institutionalize solutions and allows them to germinate organically.
The remarks about Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Law made by Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana at a recent conference on human rights organized by the Vatican are a welcome intervention in a debate that has become dangerously overheated.
It's one of those topics that can stir a national debate in no time: Should a person have the right to end his life when he's ready to die? In January...
The Seattle Archdiocese has a constitutional right to impose Catholic teachings in church-run schools. I disagree with those teachings, but I also respect and cherish the First Amendment.
What we can be sure of is the enduring vitality of grassroots religious practice in Latin America beyond the pale of institutional Christianity.
As confirmed by a recent international poll of 12,000 Catholics in 12 countries, many Catholics do not embrace the church's teachings on family planning. Many, in fact, hope that Pope Francis will relax, if not reverse, the church's longstanding opposition to the use of modern contraceptives.
You may have heard about, or practice this special period of time observed by Christians called "Lent." This 40-day period leading up to Easter (Pascha in Greek), is perhaps the most important time for Christians.
Most everything you know about St. Patrick is wrong. He wasn't Irish and he wasn't named Patrick. He wasn't the first Christian missionary to visit Ir...