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Pope Francis, You Had Me at Hello, and Lost Me at Sinner

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 12.20.2013 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

With all due respect to the spectacular new pontiff, (and he is spectacular), a sinner is not who I am, or for that matter, who he is. Or anyone.

Face-to-Face With the Miraculous

Thom Nickels | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Thom Nickels

I took to the road again but this time headed to visit one of my favorite places, Saint Tikhon's monastery. Saint Tikhon's is an Orthodox monastery about 40 minutes outside of Scranton.

Colbert Gets Groans Over NYPD Joke At Charity Event

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 10.18.2013 | Comedy

Thursday evening, Stephen Colbert delivered the closing speech at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, one of the most high-profile events ...

Will Pope Francis Appoint Female Cardinals?

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 10.18.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis has said repeatedly that he wants to see greater roles for women in the Catholic Church, and some argue that he could take a giant step i...

Why the Pope Hates Polarization

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Pope Francis shook up the Roman Catholic Church by saying in a recent interview that he will not focus on the polarizing issues of abortion, gay marriage and contraception. Instead, he wants to pursue an inclusive church, one that is "the home of all."

An Open Letter to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Cara McDonough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Cara McDonough

I cling to my Catholic faith with a dogged perseverance that, frankly, I'm beginning to question. Do I remain Catholic because it's easier than the alternative? Because I'm just apathetic enough that permanently abandoning the religion seems too much work? I'd like to think not.

Kennedy Rosary To Hit Auction Block

Posted 10.11.2013 | Religion

Up for auction this month: one of President John F. Kennedy's personal rosary beads and crucifix. New Hampshire-based RR Auctions plans to put the ...

Vatican Misspells 'Jesus'

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 10.11.2013 | Religion

Whoops! Looks like the Vatican needs spell-check. A medal commissioned to commemorate the pontificate of Pope Francis has been abruptly recalled af...

Stephen Colbert's Best Catholic Quotes

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 10.10.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) This time last year, Cardinal Timothy Dolan was taking fire from his right flank for inviting President Obama to the annual Al Smith Di...

Denise Levertov and the Poetics of Mysticism

Carl McColman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Carl McColman

What emerges from Dana Greene's biography is a picture of a woman in love with language, passionate about art, confident in her values and politics, and willing to grapple with both the challenge and the splendor of religious mystery.

Week of Popes: On Assisi, Francis I, and His Namesake

Brett Foster | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brett Foster

Today Pope Francis is visiting Assisi to celebrate the Feast Day of that saint whose name he assumed upon his papal election. His one-day visit will be a busy one, including speeches at charitable organizations such as the Serafico Institute and Caritas, a meeting at the archbishop's residence, and a veneration at the tomb of Saint Francis.

POLL: American Catholics Agree Church Too Obsessed With Contraception, Gays

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 10.04.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Pope Francis rocked the Catholic world last month when he gave a wide-ranging interview in which he declared that the church had become “obses...

Rise Of The Latino Nones

Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion

Hispanics living in the United States are now increasingly evangelical Protestants or religiously unaffiliated as the number of Catholics among them d...

U.S. Catholic Women at Crossroads as Gender Gap Disappears: Will Pope Francis Make a Difference?

David Briggs | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

The day of reckoning for a church that excludes women from the priesthood and has alienated many with its emphasis on rules governing sexual morality may finally have come.

Pope Francis: Does the American Left Have a New Hero?

Nancy Kotting | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Nancy Kotting

With Pope Francis' arrival onto the global stage, the left is being forced to do something we don't do very well: shut up and listen. At least when it comes to the Church.

Words Matter. The Word Matters. Especially at Mass

Mary DeTurris Poust | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion
Mary DeTurris Poust

My discontent with my current church experience is not based on a single homily or even a series of homilies or homilies in general; it's based on the whole package.

Losing My Religion

Mary DeTurris Poust | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Mary DeTurris Poust

I look around and see the blank stares, the fidgeting, the eye-rolling and it depresses me. It's not that people are unwilling to listen or that they don't want to be there. They're in the church on a beautiful fall day. Obviously they want something, but it's not this. I can assure you.

Can We Stop Pretending Pope Francis Is a Reformer?

Parker Marie Molloy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Parker Marie Molloy

Aside from asking, "Who am I to judge?" and saying that the church should stop talking so much about its oppressive views on LGBT people, he's done absolutely nothing. He hasn't advocated for changing these policies; he's simply chosen to hide those policies under the rug.

Is the Pope Right That the Catholic Church Should Focus Less on Gays and Abortion?

Quora | Posted 11.22.2013 | Religion

Francis seems determined to give the church some breathing room on sexual matters to focus on the gospel, and to imagine what the future may hold rather than how the past enslaves us.

Pope Francis Says More Nice Words About LGBTs, Changes Nothing

John Becker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Becker

Pope Francis' Catholic Church isn't abandoning its anti-LGBT beliefs; it's just going to talk about them less often. The pontiff's comments were a response to the shifting politics around LGBT issues, not a new policy of inclusion. They are, at most, a change of style, not one of substance.

Catholic School Teacher Allegedly Fired After Coming Out As Gay

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A Minnesota-based teacher has allegedly become the second faculty member to part ways with her Catholic school employers after coming out as a lesbian...

Pope Allegedly Calls Gay Man To Offer Inspiring Message Of Comfort

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 09.06.2013 | Religion

A gay French man says Pope Francis called him to tell him his sexual orientation doesn't matter and that "we are all children of God." Christophe T...

The Day I Made A Nun Very Angry

Tom Cramer | Posted 10.24.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

In the summer of 1977, I moved to another suburb, and had to start seventh grade at a new school. I was 12 years old and well into the awkward years. Moving and starting at a new school is always tough, and being the new kid in seventh grade was especially challenging. At that age, the lines are already drawn, the cliques formed.

Where the Pope Leads, We May Follow

Daniel Davidson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniel Davidson

Time will tell whether the pope's recent statement on the topic of gay people will usher in a revolution, or whether the status quo will remain, but this pope has thus far demonstrated himself to be a true leader whom I and many others can and should respect.

Catholic Bishop to Pro-Life Groups: 'Merely Anti-Abortion' Not Enough

John Gehring | Posted 10.13.2013 | Religion
John Gehring

It's not every day that you hear a Catholic bishop directly challenge self-identified "pro-life" groups for their selective moralizing and crass tactics.