Responding to the campaign, an astounding 70,000 online actions were generated by Massachusetts voters. There may be some powerful special interests behind Keystone, but the Massachusetts primary has shown that the people still have a voice.
Pope Francis is brand new to his job, and it would have been odd for him, as some may have expected, to essentially undo a process that has been in the works for several years.
Though I'm not a Catholic, I'm always genuinely inspired by followers of Christ who try to live lives of true humility and true right-sizedness. I hope, for both the sake of his church and the church universal, that Pope Francis lives into the name he has chosen for himself.
The key to achieving the reform so desperately needed by both Catholic and Protestant churches was right under Pope Francis' nose the moment he stepped out on the Vatican balcony. Clues can be found in a cloud of pink smoke and in the legacy of his patron saint, Francis of Assisi.
The leadership of any faith body impacts the way all religions do or do not interact respectfully and productively for the common good of the world.
My journey going from nun to none has been one of finding my true spirituality weaving my beliefs with those that I grew up with. Let us all learn with and from each other as we celebrate the journey together as the "one" that we are.
The Faith He envisioned was not the hierarchical structure of a Church that has so often in the past made wrong decisions and said it was doing so in His name.
She is a child who has not only been raised in the traditions and tenets of the Catholic church, but raised to think and to question, raised to believe that all people are created equal, including gays and women. When I see her hold that cross proudly and walk down the aisle, it gives me hope.
This year on Purim, let us celebrate the courage to defy authority, to affirm and defend whoever are the "strangers" in our midst and whoever has been excluded from dignity and empowerment.
If the Church and the world are fortunate, perhaps the winter of papal resignation will be followed by a spring of reform.
It will really take a miracle, the suffusion of the College by the Holy Spirit, the Interbreathing Spirit of all life, to change the Church by election of a pope more in the tradition of Jesus and John XXIII.
We are connected. We need each other everywhere to work towards and sustain cultures of nonviolence.
The lyricist and composer of the song "You're Not Alone" both felt a tremendous sense of responsibility to create a song that would resonate with LGBT youth and provide them with assurance and hope amidst hostile environments.
None of them thought what they were doing was extraordinary because such giving is an ordinary part of their lives. That's how it is with religious sisters: God's goodness courses through them.
On Oct. 7, 873 years after her death, the Vatican finally gave her the highest recognition for her considerable achievements. She was elevated to Doctor of the Church, a rare and solemn title reserved for theologians who have significantly impacted Church doctrine.
At present there is a standoff between the Vatican and the organization that represents 80 percent of American nuns. The hierarchy likely will break the stalemate right after the noisy election season. But what seems like a straight, rigid line looks more convoluted on further examination.