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As Pope Francis Visits Africa

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 11.24.2015 | Chicago
Stan Chu Ilo

Pope Francis begins his first visit to Africa this week. This visit is significant in many ways.

In Praise of David Brooks

Robert E. Murphy | Posted 11.06.2015 | Books
Robert E. Murphy

The road to character, David Brooks is telling us, is away from self to other, then back to self --a new self, whole, reformed, dedicated. "No person," he writes in his concluding chapter, "can achieve self-mastery on his or her own. . . . Everybody needs redemptive assistance from outside."

Douthat and the Desire for an Unchanging Church

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 11.02.2015 | Chicago
Stan Chu Ilo

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat's critique of the direction of Catholicism under Pope Francis has recently come under attack from some prominent American Catholic theologians.

3 Lessons From the Catholic Synod on the Family

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 10.27.2015 | Religion
Stan Chu Ilo

What did Pope Francis and the delegates to the Synod on the family achieve after more than three weeks of deliberation? The final propositions will not satisfy every person because of the limited scope and objective of the synod. However, there are three things which I like about what took place.

Ann Coulter's Immigrant Ancestors

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Coulter's peculiar logic and word play provoked my own curiosity about her heritage. I decided to take a peek into her past, starting with her parents.

Holy Communion Is for Sinners Not for Saints

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 10.15.2015 | Religion
Stan Chu Ilo

The Mass is one important aspect of Catholicism central to every Catholic both those who are far from the church, as well as those who are committed church goers. The Mass is the source and summit of the Catholic life.

The Church We Want: A Communion of Love

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 10.13.2015 | Chicago
Stan Chu Ilo

Christianity is about witnessing in our daily lives and replicating in our daily choices the priorities and practices of Jesus Christ so that God's will may be done on earth as it is done in heaven. But when it comes to how to live like Jesus in the world today, we are faced with many contending options.

Why Celebrating Columbus Day Is Like Celebrating ISIS

Craig Considine | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Craig Considine

Critics who claim that Muslims are more prone to religious extremism and violence have either forgotten or consciously ignore the West's own dark history of genocide. Christopher Columbus is not someone to be honored.

Confession Today

Martin Marty | Posted 10.12.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

None of the people I cite or read with favor elsewhere are asking for the old-time, fear-of-hell approach to faith and life. But more and more serious lay-people as thinkers and spiritual leaders are advocating "confession" and "forgiveness" as elements of great potential in our cultures of chaos.

Reflections on China, Religion and High Altitude Sickness

Jim Laurie | Posted 10.12.2015 | Religion
Jim Laurie

Collapsing before Buddha and falling before the Pope, did not make me more religious, but in the years since it has caused me to reflect about religion -- religion in China.

Catholicism, Marriage and Family in the Modern World

Aaron Jay Ledesma | Posted 10.07.2015 | Religion
Aaron Jay Ledesma

Pope Francis has inaugurated the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. The three-week gathering of bishops from around will focus on married couples, parents and family.

Sharing Another's Collar

Mark Weingarten | Posted 10.07.2015 | Religion
Mark Weingarten

Although I failed to pass for a cardinal (my yarmulke is black), I had little difficulty striking up conversations with my compatriots, approximately forty percent of whom turned out to be priests, recognizable by the omnipresent collar.

What Africa Wants From the Catholic Synod on the Family in Rome

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Stan Chu Ilo

As the leaders of the Catholic Church gather in Rome for the second phase of the Synod on the future of the family, many African Catholics are insisting that the world should listen to what Africans are saying.

What I Hope We Learn From the Pope: A 30-Something's Reflection on Catholicism

Kristy L. Moore | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion
Kristy L. Moore

My generation of Catholics has seen a lot of decline. The memories I have of a neighborhood bursting at the seams with Catholic parishes, participating parishioners, priests, nuns, students, service groups and athletic teams seems like a distant dream.

Kim Davis, Pope Francis and Papalphilia!

James Peron | Posted 09.30.2015 | Gay Voices
James Peron

What is true for Papal economic policy is just as true for Papal social policy -- it has not the remotest contact with reality as it actually exists.

What Pope Francis Says to Us "Lost Sheep"

Lauren Boyle | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Lauren Boyle

Pope Francis speaks not just to Catholics firm in their religious convictions, but also those of us who are "lost," still inextricably connected to the Church that raised us, but are categorically unable or unwilling to reconcile our consciences with some of its social teachings.

Transforming Memories of Rejection and Bullying While Performing on 'East Los High'

Karen Anzoategui | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Karen Anzoategui

Now, here I am on set... walking the hallways, proud and out and queer at East Los High and my peers accept me for who I am.

WATCH: Republicans React to Pope's Visit

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 09.29.2015 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

In a TMFS sketch, the head of Catholic Republicans For America reacts to the visit of Pope Francis to the United States.

Pope Francis: Man of Magical Moments

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Pope Francis gives us lots of magical moments. Just like Someone Else I mentioned earlier who knew how to "razzle dazzle" 'em. Here are just a few that I will never forget.

An American Pope with a Challenge for America

James Zogby | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

When Pope Francis appeared on the Capitol balcony, one could not help but notice that the Congressional leadership that surrounded him, included Catholics of German, Italian, Irish, Lithuanian, and Hispanic descent. Despite the rejection and adversity faced by their ancestors, all had risen to high elected office.

Pope Francis Filled Me With Hope

Aaron Jay Ledesma | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Aaron Jay Ledesma

President Barack Obama welcomed His Holiness Pope Francis to the U.S. during a White House ceremony, and I was there. The experience was full of emotions. While of course I was excited to just see the pope and the president from a distance, I was also excited and curious to hear what His Holiness would say.

Invasion of the Family Snatchers

Domenick Scudera | Posted 09.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

The city, quite literally, is stopped for days for this event. Despite media reports of excitement, many Philadelphians are less-than-thrilled about this Pope-pocalypse and the disruption it is causing the city and its citizens.

Pope Francis, Women and Church Leadership: That (Still) Unresolved Relationship Between Power and Patriarchy

Nick Fouche | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Nick Fouche

As Pope Francis visits the United States many church watchers will be curious to learn of any current project our reforming pontiff may have in mind respecting the future role of Catholic women.

I Thought My Ministry Career Was Over After I Left My Catholic Church Job. Little Did I Know

J. Michael McMahon | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
J. Michael McMahon

After leaving the Catholic church, I thought that my ministry career was over. But what's happened since then has probably reaffirmed my ministerial calling more than ever before. I guess I could think of myself as a Catholic in exile. But my faith in God hasn't changed.

I Was Fired From My Job For Being In Love

Margie Winters | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Margie Winters

I was fired because of my same-sex marriage to my partner, Andrea Vettori. In the midst of the chaos of this event, oddly enough, my faith remains grounded. God created me, accepts me, and wants me to be a whole person, integrating my sexuality, just like my spirituality, into my person.