Does the Catholic church need to worry about being innovative? I'd like to hear from both Catholics and from critics. The church's recent very-public crises certainly demonstrate a lack of adaptability and agility.
The choice will depend on whether the 117 Cardinals voting will lean more toward seriously reforming the Catholic Church -- notably as it relates to the continuing problem of pedophilia and lack of transparency -- or roughly keeping to the status quo.
As the conclave begins on Tuesday, much of the Muslim world looks at the future of the papacy with a hope that the new pope will build on the positive aspects of the previous two papacies and create a relationship of deeper dialogue and mutual understanding with the Muslim community.
As the world's foremost religious figure, no one can do more to address carnal repression in religion than the new pope whom, if he chooses to ignore the sexual crisis facing the Church, will be absconding on the responsibility of leadership.
Machiavelli plotted to obliterate "this swarm of scoundrels." Perhaps the current governing Cardinals are in conflict how to institutionally cope with two mortal sins, adultery and theft, both of which were cited by Benedict. The true believers of the Church deserve a pure slate.
The YMCA at the University of Illinois isn't a place where you show up to swim. It is a place where you learn to show up in the world on behalf of vulnerable people and failing eco systems.
I am angry at the people who use the abusers to blame and scapegoat queer people. I am angry at all of the people who think that queer people are sexual deviants, sinners, or predators. I am angry that as a queer priest I will always been seen as a double threat.
In its legal complaint, the University claims that it is "unapologetically committed to the moral principles and ethics of the Catholic Church," but the truth is that it has chosen to live out its Catholic mission selectively, and in a way that exacerbates existing equity issues on campus.
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.