For more years than we care to count, you readers have helped us bet on what the big news stories of the next year will be. Sometimes, to our astonishment, we get something right.
Well we did it. Made it through another year. Women have had some good news and some bad news with a bit of the ridiculous thrown in. So let's review some items affecting the female sex both here and abroad that didn't make the front pages in 2014.
At their best, Jesuits implement their founder's strengths: Ignatius was a practical mystic. He stared at the stars on Rome's rooftops by night and administered his order like a grand strategist by day
LGBTQ students in Catholic boards face the added dimension of shame and self-hatred from entrenched homophobia in the church. As a gay Christian, I'm all too familiar with these experiences.
When he personally delivers his message on January 1st, I trust the Pope will point out that there is no other institution more capable of generating a "mobilization comparable in size to that of the phenomenon itself" than the one he himself leads.
WackiLeaks has unearthed a treasure trove of similar correspondences from the email accounts of notable figures going back for many years. Below is one such chain. They too must have assumed their accounts were secure, given the frank nature of the content.
I used to spend a lot of time defending my school: "I love it here," "They don't enforce a lot of the conservative rules," but I now realize that the administration needs to start taking some responsibility for letting its students down.
"Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the stranger and the unwanted child, care for the ill, and love your enemies" is the...
I knew why Bill wanted me to see this movie. He wanted me to see it because in the character he saw a figure living out the life that I have long sought to live. Now having seen the movie, I feel like I have a better chance of doing just that.
Pope Francis may prove to be another pope like these two, someone who offers the possibility of redirecting the path of the world at large. He certainly took an important step in that direction with his address to the European Parliament on November 25, 2014.
Advent is about waiting, a concept that's becoming increasingly unpopular in our world of instant gratification and constant connectedness. We want what we want and we want it now. Advent reminds us that waiting can be a good thing, a time to prepare ourselves.
So it's "malaise" time. We older Americans have been there before. On June 30, 1979, then-President Jimmy Carter gave a "Crisis of Confidence" speech which did not use the word "malaise," but most of the reporters and analysts did.
Nuns deserve recognition for the things they have accomplished. They are on the front-lines of social justice every single day. They are brilliant women with PhDs who have run colleges and hospitals. This show is only going to serve to drag their vocation through the mud.
Religious economy with its focus on the dynamics of competition gives insight into the larger Latin American trends confirmed by the new Pew survey.
Given the widespread departure from the Church in all its varied expressions, it is a legitimate question. Add to this the reality that the Millennial generation has not only left the Church but does not seem to be returning and you have a recipe for disaster.
The Catholic Church at this moment in history is faced with a rising chorus of right-wing dissent. This movement poses a threat to Pope Francis's reforms, but the threat should not be overblown.