We stand at a momentous time in the Church. Let us pray the cardinals who gather in conclave choose wisely and well.
At night I stared into the bathroom mirror, haunted by my own reflection. Was there an answer hidden in my eyes? What did my body know that my mind did not? Fear was taking hold in my bones, but by the week's end, I could feel its antidote springing up, silky and fragrant: faith.
For all the imponderables, Benedict's resignation has left the papacy, and the whole of the Church, rather more solidly on terra firma than might at first appear.
A culture of consent is based on the rights of potential victims instead of on the rights of potential rapists. Which would you prefer?
Members of Generation Y agree that the Catholic Church needs a change, and the transition of its leader is the prime opportunity to disrupt the status quo.
When my parents enrolled me in a Catholic school in Pakistan, our neighbors expressed a concern: Will my faith be at risk because of attending a Catholic school? As it turns out, the Catholic school taught me the lost Muslim value of grappling with disagreements in a non-threatening way.
It is time the Conclave of Cardinals action is one that displays leadership, not authority. It is time they acknowledge the leaders they already have for the faithful.
When Benedict issued his resignation a few weeks ago, those of us who know about Celestine immediately thought of the 1294 pope, and what happened to him. Like Celestine, I have to believe that Benedict, too, wanted to get out alive. And so, now, we need a pope who loves to clean things up.
No matter where I travel, whether it's to Louisville, Ky., Vienna, a remote island in the Caribbean, Paris, Montreal or Quebec City -- I see revamped Catholic sacred spaces and cathedrals stripped bare.
These questions come to me as, almost simultaneously, the pope resigns, America's leading newspaper reports day after day about continuing sexual abuse, homosexual culture and political intrigue in the Church, and Professor Wills, this country's most longstanding and prolific Catholic gadfly, publishes perhaps his most iconoclastic book yet about Christian faith.
In this Internet era, the bigger the target the harder it falls. Often claims are made and posted without ever being read by an editor. In the name of freedom of speech, anything can be said.
The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, which officially takes effect on February 28, brings to a sudden and unexpected close a remarkable eight-year period of very positive relations between the Vatican and the Jewish people.
The pope is chosen based on faith and reason. It's not a chess game. It's not about power. Pope is not a position that people aspire to the way they do President or CEO.
Bottom line: If the pope can resign, the rest of us can say goodbye to the cult of suffering and the cultic exaltation of the priesthood -- and we can welcome women to the pulpit, the poor to our table, and the laity to the exercise of their own common sense.
A Lenten tradition in Western Christianity is to meditate upon the journey Christ took to Calvary. Only by walking with Christ and seeing just how much he truly loved everyone can we begin to love others in the same fashion.
Accusations that one of the most powerful American Zen Buddhist figures of the past half-century has sexually harassed, groped and bullied hundreds of female students have unleashed outrage in the Buddhist community.