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How Nitpicking Liturgy Turns the Church Against Itself

Veronica Wickline | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion
Veronica Wickline

As you continue to interact with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, consider exercising caution when criticizing devotional practices that are foreign or seem insufficient to another manner of worship.

Why I Am Religious and Not Just Spiritual

Laura Hanby Hudgens | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion
Laura Hanby Hudgens

When I was in college I was involved in an Evangelical campus ministry. I attended a weekly Bible study (most of the time) and went to occasional soci...

"Mom, Today I Became a Catholic": Analysis of a Teen Conversion

Stafford Betty | Posted 12.16.2015 | Religion
Stafford Betty

About five years ago Natalie Thomson, an attractive, popular, well-adjusted 16-year-old girl made this surprising announcement. It was surprising for...

Change in Church and State Relations

Martin Marty | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

The question of Catholic power or "aggression" and American public education made front-page news regularly, but "church and state" understandings have changed often, since.

A Protestant's Reflection on Pope Francis' Call for a Year of Mercy

Khristi Adams | Posted 12.10.2015 | Religion
Khristi Adams

This past March, Pope Francis announced that 2016 would be an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. This is a holy year that takes place every 25 years and the Pope can proclaim an extraordinary one as he deems necessary.

The Virgin of Guadalupe: 10 Fascinating Facts

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 12.09.2015 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

I've always been fascinated by the most important advocation of the Virgin Mary in terms of both territorial coverage and number of devotees.

Prayer Culture: We Catholics Need to Take Our Lead From the Protestants

Derrick De Lise | Posted 12.04.2015 | Religion
Derrick De Lise

I never really noticed just how large of a chasm exists between the general Catholic approach to religion and that of most protestants--from clerics to laity--until I had embarked on a month-long bike ride.

ReThink Review: "Brooklyn" -- A (White, Christian, Anglophone) Immigrant's Tale

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.04.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Brooklyn is a fine, well-acted, technically-proficient, inoffensive film that is very easy to like. But when a white Christian immigrant in a movie is extended more compassion, understanding, and humanity than actual non-white Muslims fleeing for their lives, we should all wonder why.

What Pope Francis Saw in Africa

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 12.03.2015 | Chicago
Stan Chu Ilo

Flying back to Rome after his six days 'pilgrimage of peace' as an 'apostle of hope' to Africa, Pope Francis said this in answer to a question on the ...

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.