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Women vs. The Drowned Hulk

Terence Clarke | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Terence Clarke

The rabidity of the Church's current insistence on certain matters of faith, morals and politics shows its defensive fear -- and its anger at being so ignored by the populace.

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 II, 50 Years Later

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 11.09.2012 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

It was an exciting time. It was also a dangerous time, a time of great personal tension and deep spiritual struggle.

Nunzilla To 'You Go Girl': A Tale Of Sisters

Katherine Marshall | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The LCWR and its members are happy to see their public image shift from a nunzilla model of the stern unbudging nun to the caring teacher, professor, social worker, nurse or hospital administrator.

Gunning For Nuns, Part 2: The Nuns Respond

Michele Somerville | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The Vatican had nothing to gain by staging a tantrum and humiliating the nuns. Like a cool-headed mom managing a child demanding candy in the supermarket checkout line, the LCWR waited for the histrionics to pass.

The Sisters Can't Lose

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Whatever the sisters choose to do, they needn't fear. If they measure themselves by the values they chose to follow in the '60s, they are both successful and secure.

Nuns Gone Rogue

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Lorraine Devon Wilke

I'm with the nuns and their enlightened focus on social justice, civil rights and catholic thinking. They would be better served by leaving and joining -- even starting -- a religious movement that embraces and supports their efforts.

We Stand With The Nuns

Emilie Haertsch | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Emilie Haertsch

We will put up with a lot from Rome, but when you start disciplining nuns for carrying out the Gospel message, that's where the American Catholic laity draws the line.

Just Buy 'Just Love'

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Sister Dr. Margaret Farley has done the unforgivable. She's challenging the way the Vatican looks at sex. Not abortion, not contraception -- sex. Farley is, in a sense, using "dirty words."

Sister Act

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

I am hopeful that the Sisters going to Rome will let the Vatican know that it is way past time for the male hierarchy to cease seeking to control Roman Catholic women, either lay or religious.

A Message To Girls About Religious Men Who Fear You

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Soraya Chemaly

You are powerful beyond words, because you threaten to unravel the control of corrupt men who abuse their authority.

Human Rights Begin In The Pew

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 07.16.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

I believe in exacting change from the inside out by trying to make things better rather than abandoning them. But unless I can find a way to express my opposition to all forms of bigotry within the confines of my Church, I'm going to have to sit that pew out.

How Catholic Universities' Contraceptive Ban Fails Our Students

Jeanne Flavin | Posted 07.07.2012 | Religion
Jeanne Flavin

What's at stake here is not just contraceptive coverage but the value that Catholic institutions place on women's lives. My experiences, and those of my students, make clear that contraception bans will have far-reaching and damaging implications for female students.

American Nuns Will Not Be Bullied

Mary C. Johnson | Posted 06.24.2012 | Religion
Mary C. Johnson

All institutional power in the official Church is held by ordained men. These men seem to believe that protecting the institution requires that they demand absolute unity of doctrine and unquestioning obedience to their own decisions.

Gunning For The Nuns

Michele Somerville | Posted 06.23.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The Vatican is losing the war of public opinion in the pews. It needs to flex its muscles. It needs to create fresh fear.

Why I Couldn't Be Catholic And A Woman

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Either you are willing to support and participate in a culture in which men, refusing to accept women as equals, use a perverted claim of divine right to control women and their bodies, or you don't.

The Truth Behind The Godawful New (Old) Roman Catholic Missal

Michele Somerville | Posted 01.29.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The Vatican claims that a translation more faithful to the original Latin is needed. Is this the real reason for this disruption? I don't think so.

Catholics Push To Allow Women Priests

Posted 09.24.2011 | Religion


98 Percent Of Catholic Women Use Birth Control Banned By Church

Posted 06.14.2011 | Religion

(Reuters) -- Some 98 percent of sexually active Catholic women have used contraceptive methods banned by the church, research published on Wednesday s...

Women Take On Gender Apartheid in the Catholic Church

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Angela Bonavoglia

As more and more cases of child abuse and cover-up emerge and the church escalates actions aimed at controlling women -- and not just Catholic women -- the all-male hierarchy finds itself in the midst of an unprecedented crisis.

Sex and the City of God, Part 1: The Catholic Church's Treatment of Women

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The pimping of children and the readiness to sacrifice them on the altar of Vatican public relations, the fear and distrust of women, and the compulsory celibacy for priests -- are all interrelated.

The Catholic Church: Abusing, Endangering, And Intimidating Women

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Angela Bonavoglia

Cantalamessa talked about the need to end violence against women, which is crucial, but he did so without any acknowledgment of the Church's own culpability in the abuse, endangerment, and intimidation of women.

The Follow-Up Question Charlie Gibson Failed To Ask

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michele Swenson

The effort to erase the history of women's health-care effectively renders women invisible. Plea to the media: could we inject some reality into our political dialogue?