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Actress Maria Bello Opens Up About Reclaiming Her Catholicism

The Huffington Post | Paula Ersly | Posted 05.01.2015 | Religion

Actress Maria Bello self-identifies as a Catholic, but it took her some time to understand and accept that she had more freedom in her faith than she ...

The Glory Days: II

John O'Kane | Posted 04.24.2015 | Religion
John O'Kane

The confessional is the perfect refuge from the lights. I wait and listen. How long has it been? A few minutes, an hour? I wish it had a lock. A sanctuary within a sanctuary.

Fordham's Award to John Brennan Cannot Stand

Jason Steidl | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Jason Steidl

Fordham University's award of an honorary degree to John Brennan, an unapologetic advocate of torture, is a scandal for Christians, a dark moment in the university's history, and a betrayal of its Catholic commitment to human dignity.

Will Pope Francis Make Room For Women In The Catholic Church?

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion

While Pope Francis' two-year tenure has been marked by progressive change of tone on some social issues, gender parity does not yet seem to be a prior...

My Son's Guardian Angel

Nicole Skaro | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

My son was diagnosed with cancer. I quickly learned children do die. They die in horrific horrible ways. Ways adults can't even fathom. Ways that make you question God's existence.

Pope Francis: The Reformer

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 03.13.2015 | Religion
Stan Chu Ilo

While he has not substantially altered the content of that message which is often seen as conservative, Eurocentric, and resistant to the exigencies of history and social change, he is chipping away at its foundations through a new hermeneutic of multiplicity and inclusion.

Vatican Official Gives A Sneak Peek At Pope's Major Edict On Climate Change

Associated Press | Rachel Zoll | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion

A Vatican official who helped write a first draft of Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on climate change acknowledged disagreement over the causes of ...

Irish Pride, Catholic Guilt and Not "Particularly Huggy"

Katharine Rose | Posted 03.10.2015 | Good News
Katharine Rose

Humor Mr. O'Connor certainly displayed during our interview, where I sought to debunk his "Irishness" and examine what it means for him to be an "Irish-American."

It's Still Not Too Late For Your Lenten Reading

Carl McColman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion
Carl McColman

Even though Lent is almost halfway over now, it's not too late to read a book that will nourish your faith and enable you to more fully embrace the rigors and blessings of this austerely beautiful season.

Cardinal Edward Egan, Former Archbishop Of New York, Dead At 82

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion

Cardinal Edward M. Egan, the former Archbishop of New York, died on Thursday afternoon in New York, officials at the Archdiocese of New York announced...

Chicago's Retired Cardinal Francis George Admitted To Hospital

Associated Press | Posted 03.03.2015 | Religion

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago's retired Cardinal Francis George has been admitted to the hospital for evaluation after he stopped treatment for kidney cance...

Nuns Explain What The Vow Of Chastity Really Means (And It's Not About Sex)

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 03.02.2015 | Religion

Much is made of the vow of chastity that priests and nuns must take to join the cloth in the Catholic Church, but the focus on abstinence isn't exactl...

Pope Francis Rails Against 'Throwaway Culture' Of Globalization

Reuters | James MacKenzie | Posted 03.01.2015 | Religion

(Reuters) - Pope Francis launched a fresh attack on economic injustice on Saturday, condemning the "throwaway culture" of globalization and calling fo...

Catholic Church: It's Not Me, It's You

Kathleen Ferraro | Posted 04.22.2015 | Religion
Kathleen Ferraro

There is a certain voicelessness that I associate with my experience in Catholicism--sure, I can talk about gay rights, premarital sex or saving the environment, but I am often met with a dismissive response or the assumption that I'm going through a progressive phase.

You Can't Fail Lent

Mary DeTurris Poust | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Mary DeTurris Poust

But Lent is a journey, not a pass-fail test. Trust me, if it were at all possible to fail Lent, I would have long ago been expelled from this spiritual school. Fortunately, the goal here is not a perfect score at the end of 40 days. In fact, let's throw out the word "goal" and focus instead on practice -- spiritual practice.

Alissa Scheller

Catholic Leadership Is More Diverse Than Ever | Alissa Scheller | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion

The College of Cardinals has grown more and more diverse over the past century, mirroring the regional demographic shifts of the global Catholic popul...

Lent Is Around The Corner -- What Will You Do?

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 04.15.2015 | Religion
Gregory P. Demetriou

We still hear the question "What did you give up for Lent?", which is wonderful since it means the tradition is still alive. But, is the "giving up" in adulthood meaningful?

Top Catholics And Evangelicals: Gay Marriage Worse Than Divorce Or Cohabitation

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) A high-profile alliance of conservative Catholics and evangelical Protestants is set to issue a sweeping manifesto against gay marriage...

Theology in a Pluralistic Context

Martin Marty | Posted 04.04.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

That religion and theology are important topics is made clear in daily headlines and blogs. While they often deal with desperate and transcendent subjects, publics usually deal with them on micro scales. How, then, do we treat religion and theology when people of many faiths or no faiths or anti-faiths are greeted with a tense topic in the face of others who are not like them?

Lydia O'Connor

Altar Server Scandal Is Reminder Of How Far The Catholic Church Has To Go With Women | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.31.2015 | Religion

While Pope Francis has been widely hailed as a champion of social progress, when it comes to elevating women’s roles, critics say the Catholic Churc...

Dear Pope Francis: Saving the World Requires Contraception

John Seager | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
John Seager

Planning and preventing pregnancy is not only a personal choice; it's a human right that saves lives, combats poverty, and helps to close the inequality gap. But more than that it's a crucial requirement for slowing population growth and, in turn, saving the planet from its greatest threat--climate change.

Of Course I'm Anxious: 20 Reasons Why

Nancy Roman | Posted 03.28.2015 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

If I forgot my hat on confession day, I would burn in purgatory. If I forgot my homework, I would burn in purgatory. If I skipped Mass on Sunday, I would burn in hell.

Who Am I to Judge. BTW, Your Love Is Bad

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Our love is not bad. Our love is not destroying the world. The most significant threat to the family is failure to recognize all families. If the Pope truly wants to reach out to the marginalized, he should truly open his arms to everyone.

Dear Pope of the Poor and Hopeful People of the Philippines

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Bino A. Realuyo

It is unfathomable, in this day and age (of reason) to see the sheer number of devotees flocking to catch a glimpse of one human being. But, if we understand the tragedy of bottomless poverty in the Philippines, awe and wonder is easily put to rest.

The Deeper Human Conflict Revealed by "Je Suis Charlie"

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Joseph W. Gauld

No matter how deeply Muslims and Catholics have been hurt, we should be reassured that most have the character to accept this as the cost of respecting individual rights.