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Real Catholics Don't Get Married Outside: Why The Church Should Reconsider

Cara McDonough | Posted 03.21.2012 | Religion
Cara McDonough

"You can't get married outside." The priest paused, then repeated, "You just can't." My sister-in-law, however, wants to do just that. Plenty of people do. Why can't a Catholic ceremony take place outside?

Hugo, the Financial Crisis and St. Catherine of Siena

Lydia Fisher | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business
Lydia Fisher

Can we afford to disenfranchise swaths of the population, amputating them from well-being and a productive existence from which stem self-esteem and self-reliance? The key to what ails us is like the key to Hugo's automaton, one shaped like a heart.

'Gossip Girl' Recap: Top 5 OMG Moments

Laura Prudom | Posted 03.17.2012 | TV
Laura Prudom

It's depressing that something as serious and emotionally devastating as a miscarriage can be used as such a throwaway plot device, but sadly, it's been a foregone conclusion ever since Blair's ill-advised pregnancy storyline was introduced.

The Shame Of Celibacy

C. Brian Smith | Posted 03.11.2012 | Religion
C. Brian Smith

I was saddened to learn of the resignation this week of Bishop Gabino Zavala. This is not another sexual abuse case involving a priest. It turns out, like billions of people, he is a parent.

The Get Rich Bubble Bath

Erin Barnes | Posted 03.10.2012 | Denver
Erin Barnes

The Money Drawing Aromatic Bush Bath smelled like a pretty nice bath -- old lady scent, I would say, but nothing scary. And then the funniest thing happened. I immediately won the lottery!!!

The New Mass As New Coke

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion
Jeff DeGraff

I was in a positively ebullient mood as I went off to Christmas Mass at St. Mary's with my family in tow. The senses were amped up for the big production. And that's when "it" happened.

Taking Back My Culture

New Harbinger | Posted 03.07.2012 | Latino Voices
New Harbinger

The power of our culture can be turned inward and used against us or it can be used to build strong families and communities.

Pope Benedict XVI Names 22 New Cardinals

AP | VICTOR L. SIMPSON | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI clearly put his stamp on the group that will eventually elect his successor with his naming of 22 new cardinals...

Redefining Courage: What The New Apostolate For LGBT Catholics Gets Wrong

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 03.06.2012 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

Courage is an apostolate that "ministers to persons with same-sex attraction and their loved ones." Lay people may conclude that Courage is the only option for LGBT Catholics. This couldn't be further from the truth.

The Catholic Case Against Rick Santorum

John Gehring | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics
John Gehring

On several issues central to Catholic social teaching -- torture, war, immigration, climate change, the widening gap between rich and poor and workers' rights -- Santorum is radically out of step with his faith's teaching.

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.

Major Changes In The Catholic Mass

AP | TOM BREEN | Posted 01.27.2012 | Religion

CLAYTON, N.C. — English-speaking Roman Catholics who have regularly attended Mass for years found themselves in an unfamiliar position Sunday, n...

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?