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The Clown Who Stumbled Into Grace

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 01.31.2017 | Religion
Johnathan Lee Iverson

It was 2009 when Sister Dorothy Fabritze entered the office of Father Frank Cancro's parish in Charlotte, NC. She was there to petition funds on behal...

Clergy who are humble, accessible may boost their own health as well as the congregation's

David Briggs | Posted 01.20.2017 | Religion
David Briggs

It is the rare sermon that has a shelf life much past Sunday dinner. But one that still stands out for humility scholar Peter Hill of Biola Universit...

Pope Francis Extends Power To Forgive Abortion To All Catholic Priests

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 11.23.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis on Monday extended indefinitely to all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a right previously reserved for bishops or s...

Priests, Bishop Flawlessly Execute 'Carpool Karaoke' Spoof

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.02.2016 | Religion

A hilarious new spoof of James Corden’s popular “Carpool Karaoke” series proves that Catholic priests can be milkshake-loving, Justin Timberlake...

What 'National Coming Out Day' Meant To Me As A Closeted Catholic Priest.

Fr. Gary M. Meier | Posted 10.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Fr. Gary M. Meier

The first time I can remember hearing about the National Coming Out Day was in 2005 or 2006. I’m not sure what brought it to my attention, but I can...

Are clergy underpaid? New study reveals rising wages, shorter hours and a diminishing wage gap

David Briggs | Posted 08.04.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

The wages of battling sin are getting better for men and women of the cloth. Non-Catholic clergy have experienced significant increases in income eve...

Silly Poem of the Week: A Rabbi, and Imam and a Priest

Ovadya Batat | Posted 06.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Ovadya Batat

A Rabbi, Imam and a Christian Priest Have gathered together for an annual feast At the first of the year they're coming together To crack up some joke...

Remembering Daniel Berrigan, a Forgotten AIDS Hero

Carl Siciliano | Posted 05.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Siciliano

Dan responded to the suffering and ostracism of people with AIDS with loving kindness, compassion and friendship. A friendship in which there was no place for the pharisaical moral judgement of so many church leaders.

The Spiritual Consciousness of Marvel's Daredevil

Scott Gardner | Posted 05.06.2016 | Religion
Scott Gardner

Whenever I tell someone I study religion and comics I get a subtle head turn and then, as if on cue, "Oh, how interesting." It takes a minute, but you can see in their eyes the connections being drawn together.

Irish Catholic Church Caught Between Tradition And Modernity

Pulitzer Center | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.10.2016 | Religion

In Ireland, where Catholic dioceses remain divided along 12th-century lines, a younger, more secular generation and the consequences of modernization ...

Lottery-Winning Ex-Priest Charged With Sex Abuse

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.22.2015 | Crime

A once-popular priest who won more than $1 million in the New York Lottery is now earning attention for an entirely different reason. Joseph Faraone w...

Seminarians Plan Rowdy Welcome For Pope's Visit

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.31.2015 | Religion

The last time a pope visited the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary just outside Philadelphia, he got a rousing, even rowdy, rock star welcome. "Viva! Viva...

The Green Populist Pope and LGBT People

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 08.04.2016 | Queer 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?

Why I Do Not Believe in Hell

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.09.2016 | Religion
Steve McSwain

There are many reasons why the storyline about hell does not work for me. Not anymore, anyway. There was a time I tried to believe in it, afraid I might just end up there if I did not.

Ireland, Gay Marriage and the Church

Robert E. Murphy | Posted 06.01.2016 | Religion
Robert E. Murphy

In Ireland nearly every stranger you meet engages you in a bit, or more than a bit, of talk. An oldish priest entered behind me as I asked the receptionist where I might find Father Horgan.

Clergy Chronicles: The Side You Never See

HooplaHa | Posted 05.26.2016 | Good News

In Clergy Chronicles: The Side You Never See, a unique original series, HooplaHa unveils the human perspective on our spiritual leaders' joys in life that really make them smile.

By Recalling Its Ambassador from the Vatican, Turkey Helped Publicize Pope's Affirmation of Armenian Genocide

Harut Sassounian | Posted 06.23.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

The Turkish government's overreaction and the Pope's refusal to apologize for his remarks made international headlines on TV networks, websites and newspapers around the world.

Pope Francis and the Catholic Crisis

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

It is fair to describe Pope Francis's summons as a call to Christian adulthood, but not in some superficial or trite sense. Rather he expects all Catholics to show a spirit of leadership, independence, and good judgment.

The Feinstein Torture Report

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We can't pretend it wasn't torture anymore, because the facts weren't swept under a historical rug this time.

My Favorite Songs and Records of 2014

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 02.08.2015 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

A great single may emerge from a less-than-stellar pop album or a record you loved at the beginning of the year my fade in wake of stronger alternatives, but your favorite song or two remain at the forefront of your mind.

'Is It Time To Separate Church And State Marriages?'

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion

(RNS) What’s the surest way conservative pastors can avoid any government mandate to perform same-sex marriages? According to one prominent religiou...

Pope Francis Canonized Six New Saints This Weekend

The Associated Press | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis canonized six new saints Sunday, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony i...

Grim Cancer Diagnosis Couldn't Stop This Man From Fulfilling His Childhood Dream Of Becoming A Priest

Catholic News Service | Rick Musacchio | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion

SAN ANTONIO (CNS) -- As William Carmona lay gravely ill in a San Antonio hospital bed, he repeatedly questioned his classmates from nearby Assumption ...

The Irony of Religious Celibacy

Peggy Payne | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion
Peggy Payne

Poet John Donne famously recognized the similarity of sexual and religious ecstasy. Born Catholic, he became an Anglican priest and the Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, as well as a poet both bawdy and religious.

On June 2, 2014 at Black Cat, Something Special Happened

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 08.04.2014 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

With the organized chaos of a controlled experiment, Priests precisely executed a set for the ages. Borrowing from moments from each part of their short career, the band ignited the crowd in joy and frenzy.