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Catholic Theology

What is the End of the World ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Every year of the calendar, for ages and ages, up to and including this year, there have been religious persons convinced that the end of the world wa...

What Is Original Sin?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Original Sin. noun. An inborn guilt-worthy moral limp--in other words, a contradiction in terms. Any fetus may acquire DNA that will eventually hob...

What is the Devil?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

From An Opinionated Dictionary of Religion at DEVIL. Noun. A felon on license from God to wreak havoc on Earth. The notion that u...

Jesus, The New York Review Of Books And Mass

Donna Schaper | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Donna Schaper

I read something about transubstantiation, and it got me to thinking. In fact, I can't stop thinking about it.

The Council Of Trent, 450 Years Later

John W. O'Malley | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
John W. O'Malley

The sad fact is that even many theologians, Catholic and other, have only a generic grasp of the council as a historical happening, and, hence, are led to pronounce judgments on it that are misleading and, generally, more negative than the council deserves.

The Modernist New Pope: A Concern For Traditional Catholics

Thom Nickels | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Thom Nickels

Eccentric extremes, I suppose, can be controversial, even if sometimes understandable. What is less understandable is the arbitrary changing of ceremonial rubrics. If I were to place any bets, I'd say Pope Francis will make other ceremonial changes that will shock traditional Catholics.

Pope Francis On Power, The Poor And All Creation

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

St. Francis' whole program of the "Gospel Life," was about the renunciation of power that placed barriers between him and others, him and God, and him and the rest of creation. Pope Francis seems to understand the significance of his name.

Discovering Huntington’s Fallacy In Turkey

Aubrey Rose | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Aubrey Rose

As a Christian American studying international law half way across the world in Turkey, I'm constantly confronted with the question of Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations." But in this era, Turkey doesn't have to abandon Islam to progress as a democracy and realize human rights.

The Twilight Of Papal Power?

Robert A. Ventresca | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion
Robert A. Ventresca

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.

With The Pope's Resignation, Everything Has Changed

Nancy Dallavalle | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Nancy Dallavalle

Bottom line: If the pope can resign, the rest of us can say goodbye to the cult of suffering and the cultic exaltation of the priesthood -- and we can welcome women to the pulpit, the poor to our table, and the laity to the exercise of their own common sense.

Hymn Of A Catholic School Girl

Andrea Vale | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Andrea Vale

It is often assumed in today's largely secular society that attending a parochial school will lead to a parochial mind. I think I thought this, too, when I entered a Catholic high school.

Time To Take Another Look At Catholicism

Alan Jones | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Alan Jones

Our generation needs to set aside the cultural hostility toward Catholicism and take another look. The resignation of Pope Benedict gives us that opportunity.

Is The Pope Catholic?

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

When Cardinal Ratzinger became Pope Benedict, virtually everyone wanted him to do well and to lead the Catholic Church toward the highest values of love and justice in the global world of faith. There was reason for hope.

The Last 20th-Century Pope

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Benedict's discernment in appreciating the frailties of advancing years and his wisdom in acting accordingly are extraordinary. But the question of his legacy arises. How do we put his career into perspective?

Four Priests, Four Friends: Bishops Witness Historic Changes In Catholic Life

Salt Lake Tribune/Religion News Service | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion

By Peggy Fletcher Stack Salt Lake Tribune/Religion News Service (RNS) Whether by accident, serendipity or divine design, four future heavyweights ...

Christmas Is Weird!

Alan Jones | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Alan Jones

We're so used to it. The religious observers take it for granted and the Winter Solstice crowd keep dreaming of a White one. But for the struggling believer, the challenge is to recover the shock of it all.

A Catholic Reflection On HIV/AIDS And The Call To Love

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

As Catholics, we need only follow our faith and the conscience that guides it, to realize that World AIDS Day is an opportunity, and a call, for us to exercise faith in action.

Can Buddhism Help Christians Strengthen Their Christian Faith?

Michael Carroll | Posted 12.28.2012 | Religion
Michael Carroll

In September 1979, Catholics throughout the United States witnessed a unique and telling moment: a respected and revered Catholic leader and a much loved and widely recognized Buddhist Spiritual King encouraging Catholics and Buddhists to open up to one another.

8 Reasons Why Hildegard Matters Now

Mary Sharratt | Posted 12.27.2012 | Religion
Mary Sharratt

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.

Vatican Says Unity With Traditionalists Needs 'Further Discussions'

Posted 05.17.2012 | Religion

By Alessandro Speciale Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican's doctrinal office said "further discussions" will be needed with the ...

Pittsburgh Priests To Bishop: Listen To Laity On Contraception

Posted 04.11.2012 | Religion

By Joshua J. McElwee National Catholic Reporter Several priests of the Pittsburgh diocese have met with Bishop David Zubik -- the prelate who said...

Bishop: Total Re-examination Of Catholic Faith, Culture Needed

Posted 04.01.2012 | Religion

By Joshua J. McElwee National Catholic Reporter In light of abuse crisis, Australian prelate calls for complete rethinking CHICAGO -- The roots...

Excommunicated Church Thrives Despite Censure

Posted 06.17.2011 | Religion

By Michael O'Malley Religion News Service ROCHESTER, N.Y. (RNS) At Spiritus Christi Church, the choir sings the lyrics of "Amazing Grace" to the t...

Pope Links Sex Abuse To Vices

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI deplored the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests and linked i...