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The Pope of 'Hints' Strikes Again

Celia Wexler | Posted 05.13.2016 | Religion
Celia Wexler

Don't get me wrong. I am very fond of Pope Francis -- his warmth and sunniness, and his dedication to serving the poor. But it is becoming wearying when the Pope, after three years in office, edifies the faithful through off-the-cuff remarks that the media scramble to decipher.

The Spinoza Case, Part Two

Steven Nadler | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
Steven Nadler

Well, Spinoza is still officially excommunicated. There was a lively discussion on Sunday in Amsterdam, in an extraordinary setting: the large hall o...

The Spinoza Case

Steven Nadler | Posted 12.02.2015 | Religion
Steven Nadler

Several years ago, and much to its credit, Talmud Torah, at the request of one of its members, decided to take up the question of whether Spinoza's herem should be lifted.

Vatican Supports Naming Square After Excommunicated Church Reformer (Martin Luther)

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion

ROME (RNS) The Vatican has given its backing to a central Rome square being named after Martin Luther, a church reformer excommunicated by the pope ne...

The Winding Path: Leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy Without Losing 'Community'

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 08.20.2016 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

While responses to those resisting orthodox conventions vary, tales of excommunication abound. Some of this is in light of a genre of memoirs by those who refer to themselves as Off The Derech (OTD. "Derech" is Hebrew for "path.")

Mormon Activist Kate Kelly Says She's ‘Happier' After Excommunication

Salt Lake Tribune | Thomas Burr | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK — Nearly a year removed from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly says she has found happiness ...

Catholic Bishop Excommunicated For Unsanctioned Ordination

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.20.2015 | Religion

British Bishop Richard Williamson was automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church on Thursday for conducting an ordination ceremony unsancti...

John Dehlin, 'Mormon Stories' Podcaster, Is Excommunicated For Apostasy

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion

John Dehlin, a popular Mormon podcaster who has publicly expressed doubts about his faith, has been excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of ...

Prominent Mormon Podcaster May Be Excommunicated For Supporting Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.16.2015 | Religion

John Dehlin is a Mormon who has doubts about his faith. But his public search for answers may banish him from the church that is his spiritual home. ...

The Latest Betting Line on the Next Pope

Keith Thomson | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Keith Thomson

Much is at stake with the selection of Pope Benedict XVI's successor, including a lot of money.

The Church Is Wrong! Fr. Flannery, Like MLK, Is Right To Follow His Conscience

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The Roman Church and its misguided leaders may seek to "kill" the reputation and ministry of Flannery. But, they will succeed only in giving birth to other Flannerys, to other Martin Luther Kings.

Of Maine and Two Marriages: Lessons from a Grandmother I Never Met

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Religious institutions have every right to make their own decisions about whom they will marry. But I don't believe religious institutions have the right to impose them on others.

The Ordination Of Women And The High Calling Of Dissent

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

"How can we as men say our call from God is authentic, but your call as women is not? Who are we to reject God's call of women to the priesthood?"

Female Priests: As Sinful as Pedophiles?

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

More than half of the Catholics in the world want to see female priests ordained. An overwhelming majority of us wish to see the male bishops who facilitated hundreds of rapes of children held accountable.

The Pope's New YouTube Channel

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Filipowicz


Voices Carry -- Lay Catholics, Priests Challenge Bishops on Abortion, Ordination

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Angela Bonavoglia

The Catholic Church's commitment to excommunicating anyone who expresses support for the ordination of women is another manifestation of the church's continued demonization of women.

Church Threatens to Excommunicate Father Roy Bourgeois, Founder of the School of the Americas Watch

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Michael Lerner

What do we do if one of our religious communities is directly involved in racist, sexist, homophobic, or anti-Semitic doings?