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Muslim Is the New Catholic

Khurram Dara | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Khurram Dara

Islamic terrorism is, undoubtedly, a serious threat. "Islamization" of our country by American Muslims, who make up less than 1 percent of the population, is not.

Who Is a Catholic?

Martin Marty | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

"Who is Pope Francis?" was the understandable and constant question during this Pope's first year, now past. "Who is a Catholic?" is the understandable and urgent question in his second year, now begun.

The Observance of Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

This coming Wednesday, March 5, is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Let's take a look at the historical emergence and spiritual significance of the Lenten season.

Rain Dance

Ben Daniel | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Ben Daniel

You may have heard that California is experiencing a devastating drought. Sure, we're using social media to share photos of ourselves cavorting on the beach in Santa Cruz, wearing swimsuits on Martin Luther King Jr''s birthday so that loved ones in, say Ohio, will hate us, but things are getting really serious.

God and Basketball at UConn

Dr. Anne Hendershott | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
Dr. Anne Hendershott

Catholics attending Mass last Sunday at St. Mary's Church in Milford, CT were so startled to read criticism of the popular basketball coach in their weekly bulletin. Few criticize Coach Auriemma -- especially not in a column from a pastor in a parish bulletin.

Reading the Bible As a Human Being

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

More than the commentaries, we learn from listening to each other. It is a fundamental understanding of the group that everyone has something to learn and something to teach. Truth is sought through dialogue.

Do We All Worship the Same God?

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

While no one can deny the stark differences that exist between the traditions, I would like to put greater focus on the similarities. We spend enough time differentiating ourselves from others, which only leads to factions.

Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore (Part Two)

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.29.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Instead of looking at those who've left the church and asking "What's wrong with them?" shouldn't we be looking at ourselves and asking, "What's wrong with us?"

Venezuelan Church Takes Stock in Post-Chavez Era

Joop Koopman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Joop Koopman

Archbishop Diego Rafael Padrón Sánchez heads the Archdiocese of Cumana and serves as president of the Venezuelan bishops' conference. Some six months after the death of strongman Hugo Chavez, the Church remains wary of the new government, wi hch promises but little change from the policies of its predecessor.

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.

The Military Chaplaincy Needs to Become More Diverse

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 10.16.2013 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

"Jason Heap's bid to become the nation's first humanist military chaplain brings all of these questions to the fore. How ought we to understand our military chaplaincies, in light of changes to our nation's religious make-up?"

10 Signs Displayed in the 2013 NYC Pride March That You Should Read and Remember

Murray Lipp | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Murray Lipp

Despite the fact that full LGBT equality has not yet been achieved, the trend towards achievement of that goal is definitely clear.

Letter to Pope Francis on Child Sex Abuse Scandals

Craig Considine | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

You have made us proud to be Catholic again. We love your warmth, your kindness. You have brought new life into our Church. But there is just this one thing, Pope Francis.

Good Friday Celebrations Are Very 'Real'

VOXXI | Tony Castro | Posted 03.29.2013 | Latino Voices

In Hispanic America, Good Friday commemorations of Jesus Christ’s passion and death leave little to the imagination. From El Salvador, a country ...

The Reluctant Irishman: F. Scott Fitzgerald and Me

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 05.14.2013 | Books
R. Clifton Spargo

This Saint Patrick's Day, on a holiday when everybody becomes Irish without worrying about the burdens, joys, and costs of being Irish in history, let's remember America's great Irish writer, Scott Fitzgerald.

The Conclave, the Cardinals, and the Child Sexual Abuse Crisis

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Deborah Jacobs

No surprise, transparency has no place in the conclave; all participants must take a pledge of secrecy. Indeed, how can we even expect transparency when many of the cardinal electors stand accused of the very behavior they claim to deplore?

How LGBT Families Are Expanding Christian Love

Joseph Ward III | Posted 04.19.2013 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

But what does it say about the conscience of church leadership when it does not support and uphold LGBT families?

Leaked Documents Reveal Vatican Torn Apart

The Washington Post | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion

Pope’s leaked papers show fractured Vatican: Pope Benedict XVI’s correspondence shows tales of betrayal and rivalries, allegations of corruption...

Hoping For A New Era For The Catholic Church

Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah

By stepping down from the papacy, a candidate from Latin America, Asia or Africa could be elected as pope. The familiar (read: European) face of the papacy may one day become all but a distant memory.

The Disappearing Frontier: Religious Momentum For Gun Control

David Briggs | Posted 04.09.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

It is not going to be easy given the powerful cultural and lobbying forces opposing gun control. But religious groups may have to play a major role in changing America's gun culture.

Adam And Eve And You And Me

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

When there is only Adam and Eve -- only you and me -- then there's a kind of awakened awareness that comes to you, is there not?

Catholic Dorms Debuting At Non-Religious Universities

Posted 01.07.2013 | College

Two secular universities will offer dorms specifically for Catholic students in 2013's fall semester. Florida Institute of Technology, a private re...

Latke Love and a Christian Hanukkah for Jewish kids

Darryle Pollack | Posted 02.10.2013 | Parents
Darryle Pollack

What do you do when your kids are Jewish but attend Christian schools? You won't find the answers in the Old Testament or the Talmud. But you might find answers in a cookbook, metaphorically speaking.

3 Ways Republicans Can Lead Immigration Reform

Pablo Manriquez | Posted 01.29.2013 | Latino Voices
Pablo Manriquez

As Republicans continue to toe the waters of what has been one of the most angry and divisive debates in American politics, below are three ways the GOP can lead on immigration reform.

Voting Against the Tribe: The Year of the Sophisticated White, Conservative, Churchgoing Voter

Mark Joseph | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Mark Joseph

White conservative churchgoers, the story goes, have become unsophisticated robots who pull the lever for whatever Republican happens to be running at the time.