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Ross Douthat's Three Mistakes

Catherine M Wallace | Posted 11.06.2015 | Religion
Catherine M Wallace

Compassion and critical thinking are values we share with morally-sensitive secular humanists and with good people in every religious tradition globally. These values are equally central to the very best of Catholic tradition, not a threat to its survival.

South Sudanese Find New Hope in Education

Christian Fuchs | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

"I was born in war, I went to school during war, I got married during war, I raised my six children during war and now I am growing old and raising gr...

The People's Pope: Our Attraction and Fascination With Pope Francis

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Pope Francis is able to attract the masses as they thirst for hope and hunger for love. As we struggle with the dangers of climate change, social inequality, racial division, and xenophobia, the Pope does not turn a blind eye to these issues, he challenges us to face them and to make changes and act to work for justice.

Both Feet Firmly Planted in Midair

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

As the first Jesuit pope visited the United States, the first openly-gay Jesuit priest went to heaven. As John McNeill passed through the pearly gates, Saint Peter asked, "Where's your partner, Charlie?"

Thank You, Pope Francis

Thomas Worcester | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Not only before Congress, but throughout his days in three cities, Pope Francis taught by word and by example. The modest Fiat, dwarfed by oversized SUVs, was no game. He appeared more at home with immigrant children in Harlem than he did with the most powerful people in the world.

The Manner Is Ordinary

Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

The key is that the experience of God is not confined and God can be found in all things. With this framework, ordinary life becomes rich, as it is a place where one can encounter God and the extraordinary can be found.

To Understand Pope Francis, You Need To Know About The Jesuits

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Figuring out why Pope Francis has upended so many expectations and what he might be contemplating for the future of the Catholic Church has bec...

Young Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia Paint Grim Realities

Christian Fuchs | Posted 08.14.2015 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

More than 130,000 Eritrean refugees have crossed the border to Ethiopia escape human rights abuses. Eritrean youth flee forced indefinite military conscription as well as torture at the hands of an oppressive government.

The Green Populist Pope and LGBT People

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 08.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Benjamin Brenkert

In our modern world has the Supreme Court one upped all Catholicism, by showing more reason, compassion and understanding of gays? Has the Supreme Court taken the place of the Church, exhibiting more humanity than she?

Top 16 Things to Do In Unsung Waterfront Southern Maryland

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 07.09.2015 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

With the country's first Catholic Settlement, the State's first Biological Lab, an important archeological conservation lab, a Naval Air Station, ancient fossils for the taking, incredible kayaking and a burgeoning food scene, this unsung, but incredibly important region -- within an hour's drive of Washington D.C. -- won't be unsung for long.

In Chad, refugees from Darfur find hope in education

Christian Fuchs | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

In Djabal refugee camp, just outside the town of Goz Beida in eastern Chad, Jesuit Refugee Service is expanding a partnership with Jesuit Commons High...

Nirvana or the Disenchantment of Love in the Life of a Seminarian

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Benjamin Brenkert

By the time I was 18, I realized that I had a rather strong libido, but I also discerned that God was calling me to be a Roman Catholic priest. That's a bummer, too strong sex drive and wanting to be a priest, who takes a vow of celibacy!

Fordham's Award to John Brennan Cannot Stand

Jason Steidl | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
Jason Steidl

Fordham University's award of an honorary degree to John Brennan, an unapologetic advocate of torture, is a scandal for Christians, a dark moment in the university's history, and a betrayal of its Catholic commitment to human dignity.

Lessons From Pope Francis in Managing a University

John Petillo | Posted 04.26.2015 | College
John Petillo

Pope Francis is trending as the model for transforming corporate cultures through humble leadership. His actions and words are "liked" on Facebook and hashtagged on Twitter as guideposts for a new business model.

Abducted Indian Priest Released In Afghanistan

AP | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion

ROME (AP) — The Jesuit religious order says an Indian priest who was abducted in Afghanistan eight months ago has been released. James Stapleton, a...

Lessons In Vulnerability: Visiting The ER Abroad

Patrick Furlong | Posted 04.06.2015 | Travel
Patrick Furlong

Only an asthmatic may fully ever understand how beautiful your first deep or semi-deep breath feels after laboring in panic for whatever oxygen your lungs have been willing to suck in only moments prior.

Learning From Catholicism's Loyal Trouble-Makers

Charles Redfern | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
Charles Redfern

At their best, Jesuits implement their founder's strengths: Ignatius was a practical mystic. He stared at the stars on Rome's rooftops by night and administered his order like a grand strategist by day

The Tyranny of Orthodoxy

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Benjamin Brenkert

As an openly gay Jesuit I sought ordination to the priesthood publicly acknowledging that I could not serve with integrity and not be allowed to bless same-sex unions through sacramental marriage.

Who Is This Pope Francis And What Does He Really Want For The Church?

Posted 11.07.2014 | Religion

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how religious ideas and spiritual practice inform and shape our personal...

Jesuits Urge Humanitarian Protections for Asylum Seekers and Refugees Be Upheld

Christian Fuchs | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Christian Fuchs

The Society of Jesus in the United States and Jesuit Refugee Service/USA continue to urge the government not to roll back humanitarian protections for refugees and asylum seekers simply because more people need it.

Martin Scorsese To Direct Movie About Jesuit Missionaries

Religion News Service | Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 09.07.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Although evangelical moviemakers have been in the spotlight lately with features such as “Son of God” and “God’s Not Dead,” at least o...

American Jesuits: U.S. Must Welcome Immigrant Children

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 08.01.2014 | Religion

(RNS) American Jesuits are pushing members of Congress who were educated at the Catholic order’s schools to pass aid for thousands of refugee childr...

Charted Territory

Liam Matthew Brockey | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Liam Matthew Brockey

One of the greatest stumbling blocks to reasoned debate about the future of American education is our inability to come to terms with the assumptions inherited from the past.

Vatican Threatens Jesuit Theologian In India With Censure

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The Vatican is investigating a Jesuit theologian from India for allegedly espousing unorthodox beliefs, raising new questions about whether Pope...

Spirituality and Religion: The Relevance of Religious Parables in Today's World

Adrian Brito | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion
Adrian Brito

True spiritual enlightenment lies not in going to Church every Sunday or believing in a specific set of dogmas, but rather in understanding how religious parables can be used to shed light on mankind's greatest challenges.