Like any legal concept, "marriage" can evolve over time. Indeed, that is the very nature of law. As scientific, economic, social, political, cultural, moral and psychological understandings change over time, so too do legal concepts.
Inocente Montano's quiet life in America stood in shocking contrast to what his accusers say is his secret past: he is the first of 19 former military officials who may be held to account for allegedly planning the murders of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador on November 16, 1989.
This religion is preternaturally odd. It's fundamentally queer. It's revolutionary at its very core. It began as the religion of women and slaves, the poor and the sick, the oppressed and the outlawed. Its message spread across Roman civilization with such speed that Rome feared it.
If the pope wants to continue appearing infallible to his flock, he should abandon this intolerant cause. As more countries enact marriage equality over his tantrums and objections, the pontiff will look increasingly ineffective at best, and irrelevant at worst.
Whereas in Christmases of the past, the day came and went amid gift giving, caroling and holiday parties, each rushed to be included before December's end, perhaps this year might be the occasion to slow down and ponder that which stands in the background of this hectic time of year.
If the sanctity of human life in the womb galvanizes evangelical Christians and Catholics to march on Washington, create sophisticated lobbying campaigns and hold members of Congress accountable, there is no excuse for pro-life timidity on this issue.
Imagine a world where all of humanity feared less. Where we found less of a reason to await potential tragedy of every shape and size.
Americans are frustrated with political gridlock in Congress and want to see their elected officials do their jobs. Congress has not passed a budget in more than three years. Worse yet, it has created an artificial crisis in the fiscal cliff, which will punish American citizens if Congress fails to deal with the budget.
Reminding people of those four words from the Bible may seem naive to some. But to a community desperate for solutions, the message "Thou Shalt Not Kill" is one way to unite in faith, safety and peace.
I remember your advent / assumed the rounded shape hope / has, how the arching / patch of whiteness you incorporated / indicated the gleam an apple boasts / nesting in folds / in a work you called "Anticipating" / which might have been called / "The Body Incarnated / Bears New Light."
In the last couple of weeks, the Archdiocese, as it does nearly every year, released its hit list of schools that it deems expendable come June unless those schools come up with a lot of money and good arguments about why they should not be shuttered.
Desire is a key part of Christian spirituality because desire is a key way that God's voice is heard in our lives. And our deepest desire, planted within us, is our Advent desire for Christ, the Desire of the Nations.
The answer is not as simple as supporting small businesses over Walmart. Instead, it is a call for all people of faith to live-out our long tradition of speaking up for people who are working harder and harder for less and less need a community on their side.
Catholics are aware that some priests have affairs with adult women. Even Popes have had mistresses. The popular television series, The Borgias, is hi...
I do not doubt in the least that Cardinal Dolan and the Bishops take their task with the utmost seriousness and compassion. But, ethics are informed by experience and, as such, their ethics will remain fatally flawed and their conclusions fatally unjust.
Savita's death serves as the most raw of reminders that the global war against women's fundamental human rights rages on. And even though our country spoke loudly for women's rights on election day, that war does rage on right here at home.