Could other forms of creative writing address clergy abuse while offering some kind healing? I believe the answer is yes.
I would like to know what my struggle is as an out and proud, gay, Catholic man. Is it that I want to have marital relations with my future husband? Is it that I want my love to be recognized in the church I was raised in and the tradition I continue to uphold?
While the topic was painful and could have been expressed in a way to manipulate and shock, Spotlight tenderly and honestly showed the ways in which abuse impacts people at every connection point.
Conservative Catholics have a right to their opinions, but many of us in liberal Protestant churches would dispute their contention that we have abandoned key elements of Christian belief and practice.
Cynics, but not only cynics, like to observe, not always inaccurately, that Christians are never happy unless they are fighting -- each other. Certainly, their scriptures have notes of militancy. Most of these signal fighting -- evils at a distance or evils within the self.
The culture of Mexico is not alone in its remembrance of death, but it is unique in how, more often than not, these commemorations are more festive than somber.
Last week, one of my dear brothers was blessed to be seated at the Papal Mass in Philadelphia, and also present at the Pope's address to Congress in Washington. He was one who drank from the Pope's water glass, too. I pray that Pope Francis understands my brother's love for him.
If I'm judgmental of you, just because of how you breathe and who you are, that anger will consume me and I can't be myself. When folk hate or reject LGBT people, it affects the person who is doing the hating.
Why do we keep fooling ourselves into believing that one pope can fix the deep-rooted problem of homophobia in the church?
It was with great sadness that many throughout Indian country watched last Wednesday's canonization of Junípero Serra. Billed as a historic moment in which the pope elevated the first Hispanic priest to sainthood on U.S. soil; Serra's controversial background was largely overlooked.
The Vatican allowed Kim Davis to dominate the message and prompt reaction from LGBT Catholics groups that no longer jibes with what they are saying really happened. Private meeting? I doubt he even knew who she was.
I like the pope just as much as the next person. But when confronted with this juxtaposition of public support of civil rights versus secret intolerance, it is hard not to feel dismay. If Pope Francis is taking a more liberal stance and supports gay marriage, then the secrecy isn't needed.
The news that Pope Francis met with Kim Davis raises a series of questions that must be answered urgently. Let's begin with trying to understand what happened. And so we should ask: Did Pope Francis know who Kim Davis is? Was he aware of the consequences that were sure to follow his meeting with her?
The world has a problem of gender of religious proportions. We need a reformation, perhaps a revolution, to tear down the altars to male power and rebuild a global sanctuary of inclusion, equity, justice, peace, and love.
The alarming thing - for those who live the church and know its social and institutional fabric - is the cynical and unscrupulous attempt to exploit the person of the pope in order to score a point in favor of the ideological opponents of the pope
With the monkey off his back, Boehner is expected to push through a bipartisan government funding bill that avoids a government shutdown. But paying the light bill isn't exactly a valiant bow-out or a game changer for his party's ailing long-term health.