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Pope Francis Just Changed Church Law On Forgiving Abortion. Here's How 9 Women Reacted.

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.23.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis ended his Holy Year Of Mercy by permanently giving all Catholic priests the ability to grant forgiveness for abortion ― a power that, i...

Christopher Hale: Mansplaining Catholicism

Celia Wexler | Posted 05.29.2016 | Religion
Celia Wexler

The mainstream media appears to have a love affair with Hale, a twenty-something Catholic man who has decided that he speaks not only for all Catholic millennials, but for all Catholics.

Catholic Women React to Pope Francis's Latest Initiative For Women

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.14.2016 | Religion

In his signature, off-the-cuff manner, Pope Francis unleashed a storm of debate on Thursday about the roles that Catholic women can play in the church...

Pope Francis To Consider Increased Role For Women In The Church

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.12.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis has agreed to set up a commission into whether women could serve as deacons, local media reported on Thursday, a potentially historic mov...

Catholic Women Hope Their Voices Will Be Heard During Vatican's Synod On The Family

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.07.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Women don’t have a vote at the meeting of 270 Catholic bishops on family issues that began this week, but they hope their voices ...

An Open Letter to Pope Francis

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion
Gina Messina-Dysert

You have called for a year of mercy, a time where all should be absolved of their sins if they confess. With the utmost respect, I wonder, will this be a time when the Vatican confesses its sins against women?

Francis Fails on One Huge Issue

Martha Burk | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Martha Burk

We'll be inundated Pope, Pope, and more Pope 24-7 this week, as the pontiff makes his rounds in the nation's capital. Francis plans a White House visit, an outdoor mass in Washington, and a speech before Congress. He's also likely to join a rally on the National Mall.

Kerry Robinson: The Church Deserves Women in Leadership

Jennifer Labbadia | Posted 05.06.2016 | Religion
Jennifer Labbadia

The question of women's leadership has long been a contentious issue in the Catholic Church. While Francis has changed the tone of the Church through his messages and actions, when it comes to women, many people agree: Pope Francis isn't perfect.

The Vatican Has An Abysmal Track Record Of Hiring Women

The Associated Press | Posted 04.13.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has always been a heavily male bureaucracy, and statistics released on the eve of International Women's Day now back...

Pope Francis Criticized For Church's Stance On Women

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis paid tribute to International Women's Day during his address Sunday -- the same day the Vatican opened its doors for an "open and frank" ...

San Francisco Priest Sparks Controversy By Barring Altar Girls

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

(RNS) A Catholic priest who recently took charge of a San Francisco parish has said only boys can be altar servers, a move that is sparking both criti...

3 Ways Pope Francis Has Let Women Down

Patricia Miller | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Patricia Miller

The election of Pope Francis and early indications that he wasn't a business-as-usual pontiff was greeted with great hope that he signaled if not a revolution, at least a major leap forward for the church. One group of Catholics seems conspicuously absent from the pope's reform agenda: women.

'Tenacious Women' Event Shares Brave Stories Of Faith

Posted 10.23.2013 | Religion

Tenacious women Jocelyn Khouriey and Marcella Sonnino held their audience spellbound as they shared their life stories and faith journeys as part of a...

From Kissing Elvis To Joining The Convent

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The way fans reacted to Dolores Hart’s decision to become a cloistered nun, you might ha...

Some Tips For Journalists Covering The Catholic Church (Hint: It's Complicated)

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

"The Catholic Church: What Everyone Needs to Know" makes clear that this institution is less monolithic than it seems; no wonder the book's mantra is: "It's complicated."

Reach Out To Estranged Children On Mother's Day

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 06.30.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

We all know the commandment, "Honor thy father and mother." We've also been schooled to respect our elders. But we also know reality. Older people may have less energy than the young, but they have more resources, such as life experience.

Pope Francis And The Ongoing Reform Of The Leadership Conference Of Women Religious

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

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.

A Female Dalai Lama?

Michaela Haas | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Michaela Haas

The papacy won't be a mamacy any time soon, but at least we know that Her Holiness is an option.

Pink Smoke And Protestant Popes

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

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.

Article Of Faith

Viviana Hurtado | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Viviana Hurtado

As godmother, I am entrusted with raising my goddaughters in the Catholic Faith should anything happen to their parents. My anxiety about the authenticity of my faith, always lying latent, punched through.

The Catholic Church’s Defense Of Women At The U.N.

Meg T. McDonnell | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Meg T. McDonnell

Eyes are on Rome as the Catholic Church chooses its next pope. But there's some pretty fascinating "Catholic" stuff going down in New York right now at the United Nations, which is holding its 57th annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

Breaking The Catholic Silence

Scott Janssen | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Scott Janssen

Catholics are taught not to question Church authority, but how can a Catholic stay silent when its leadership advocates policy that counters basic human rights?

A Woman's Defense Of Pope Benedict XVI

Helen Alvare | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Helen Alvare

I wince every time I hear a drive-by commentator on Benedict XVI refer to him as narrow or "hard-line" or "conservative," as if political boxes or strictly worldly categories could capture what is true about this man, or about the contents of the Catholic faith.

92 Year Old Priest Punished For Celebrating Mass With Woman

Reuters | Mary Wisniewski | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion

(Reuters) - A 92-year-old Wisconsin Jesuit has become the latest Catholic priest to be punished by church authorities for celebrating Mass with a woma...

The Nuns Who Form Us

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

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.