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The Puzzling Logistics Of Open Marriage

Laura Rowley | Posted 05.16.2012 | Fifty
Laura Rowley

Due to a minor computer snafu on my part, my name will be forever linked to an anonymous column we ran on Huff/Post50 on open marriage. When I discovered this, I wondered what my husband of nearly 20 years would think. Not to mention my daily-Mass-attending Irish Catholic mother and mother-in-law, my ten siblings, four siblings-in-law, and the principals at my kids' Catholic schools. My father, nine years in heaven, was no doubt laughing his head off.

Madonna And The Work Of God

Lorenzo Candelaria | Posted 02.29.2012 | Religion
Lorenzo Candelaria

The coupling of Madonna and Opus Dei is an intriguing one that brings two seemingly irreconcilable public perceptions into stark juxtaposition. But our public perceptions are only part of the story.

Losing My Religion: If I'm So Done With Faith, Why Do I Still Feel Its Loss?

Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 02.28.2012 | Women
Margaret Wheeler Johnson

I managed to live in New York for two years without it once occurring to me that I had so recently been a believer. Then I was reminded -- at exactly noon on a weekday in the spring of 2007.

Teacher Fired For Having Artificial Insemination

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 12.28.2011 | Parents

Christa Dias, former technology coordinator at Holy Family and St. Lawrence Catholic schools in Cincinnati, Ohio, claims she was fired for becoming pr...

Banksy Commits 'Cardinal Sin' With Controversial Work

Posted 12.21.2011 | Arts

Just when you thought Banksy was content to drop some uncontroversial holiday cheer on Liverpool, the artist unveils the button-pressing sculpture, "C...

Eucharistic Adoration: A Radical Devotion

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 02.04.2012 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

Kneeling before the Eucharist we prayed in silence, chanted O Salutaris and Tantum Ergo, but more importantly we became aware of the world around us. In this way, we united ourselves not only with Christ, but also with all humanity.

Vatican Vandalism: The New English Translation of the Catholic Mass

John Pinette | Posted 01.23.2012 | Religion
John Pinette

The untimely new translation of the Mass is so impenetrable that one publisher just released a companion volume for priests with suggestions on where to pause and what words to emphasize, so that they prayers may be understood. Not the greatest endorsement of perceptive translation.

Why I Envy Atheists

Delia Lloyd | Posted 01.16.2012 | Religion
Delia Lloyd

I left the church long ago and save a few masses here and there, but I don't think I'll ever go back to Catholicism. I experience that as a loss. And it's a painful one.

Why Would Anyone Go To Confession?

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 01.15.2012 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Going to confession is a whole different animal. Why do it? Why would it be necessary to confess one's sins to another, let alone to a clergy person?

Catholic Speed Dating Gone Awry

Kerry Weber | Posted 12.27.2011 | Religion
Kerry Weber

I told myself it was a social experiment. To others, I described it as a low-pressure way to ease back into the dating scene after a painful end to a...

Clash Of Civilizations Or Nuisance? Medieval Crusading And The War on Terror

Jay Rubenstein | Posted 12.21.2011 | Religion
Jay Rubenstein

The war for Jerusalem, in their words, was one of West vs. East. When the crusaders successfully conquered Jerusalem, observers at home marveled over what they, as Westerners, had accomplished.

Worship First, Debate Later

Michael O'Loughlin | Posted 12.20.2011 | Religion
Michael O'Loughlin

The real differences among our various Christian tribes should not be casually dismissed. But imagine the possibilities if we were able to trust in God enough to set them aside for a greater purpose.

What I've Learned From The Spiritual Masters

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.19.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

My own tradition has mistakenly taught that meditation is an eastern practice and that Christians pray instead. What many do not know, however, is that meditation is the highest form of Christian prayer, too.

Why Did The Native American People Convert To A Foreign Religion?

Tim Giago | Posted 12.19.2011 | Religion
Tim Giago

Were the persuasive powers of the missionaries so overwhelming that they could cause a people with spiritual beliefs much older than their own to toss them aside and embrace their religion?

The Death Penalty Is Political Sport At Its Most Barbarous

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

When the audience cheered the death penalty accomplishment, I felt like I was at the Colosseum surrounded by Romans giving thumbs down to a beleaguered Christian before the lions. It is barbaric.

Translating Doctrine Into Practice: The Action-Based Spirituality of the Catholic Worker

Kok Hou Chia | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Kok Hou Chia

The Catholic Worker promoted social activism amongst Catholics through an action-oriented spirituality rooted in an ethic of poverty and the individual practice of the works of mercy.

Decade 9.11: A Prayer

Kathleen Deignan | Posted 11.10.2011 | Religion
Kathleen Deignan

So for all our brothers and sisters everywhere who share the incarnate knowledge of what hatred can do, what rageful reactivity can occasion: this song for all who would rebuild a New City.

Dorothy In Love

Robert Ellsberg | Posted 10.26.2011 | Religion
Robert Ellsberg

So what, in the end, do these new letters reveal? They certainly confirm the deep, passionate love described in her memoir, thus underscoring the incredible sacrifice Dorothy endured for the sake of her faith.

Senna: Director Asif Kapadia Explores The Man Vs. The Myth

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 10.18.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

You will laugh, you will cry, it is better than CATS. But most importantly, you will be moved. Senna is one of the most successful documentaries to come out of England to the States, ever.

Ralph Branca: A Tale Of Two Faiths

Rabbi Joshua Hess | Posted 10.18.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Hess

Ralph Branca, who had a successful but short pitching career as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is mostly remembered as the pitcher who surrendered Bobby Thomson's famous 1951 homer.

World Youth Day: Seeking Jesus On The Crowded Streets Of Madrid

Michael Rossmann, SJ | Posted 10.17.2011 | Religion
Michael Rossmann, SJ

The energy of over a million pilgrims seeking Jesus is palpable here, as is the joyful encounter with Christ that is taking place at huge events like this outdoor liturgy.

Just Like a (Recycled) Prayer

Charlie Carillo | Posted 10.16.2011 | New York
Charlie Carillo

An all-day rain in NYC makes you think about sad stuff. On a day like this, I'm forced to ponder the ultimate question: what the hell happens after we die?

Atheists Sue Over World Trade Center Memorial Cross

The Huffington Post | Brenna Cammeron | Posted 09.27.2011 | Religion

A national atheist group has filed a lawsuit to block the inclusion of the famous '9/11 cross' from a memorial at the World Trade Center site. The...

Epiphany By Anatomy: How Seeing a Dead Body Helped Me Understand Life

Michael O'Loughlin | Posted 09.21.2011 | Religion
Michael O'Loughlin

Never before had I been so close to a dead body unadorned with embalming fluids and inches of makeup, much less buckets of lifeless organs. Those 20 minutes were nothing short of epiphanic.

Bill Donohue Gets on The Ledge

Matthew Chapman | Posted 09.12.2011 | Home
Matthew Chapman

If Bill Donahue traveled a little more he'd know there are many countries where attempts to censor criticism of religion -- as the Catholic League attempts to do -- are rightly considered archaic and repulsive.