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An Open Letter to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Cara McDonough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Cara McDonough

I cling to my Catholic faith with a dogged perseverance that, frankly, I'm beginning to question. Do I remain Catholic because it's easier than the alternative? Because I'm just apathetic enough that permanently abandoning the religion seems too much work? I'd like to think not.

Liberal Catholics Press Pope Francis

Reuters | Tom Heneghan | Posted 09.26.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - Liberal Catholics have asked to meet Pope Francis to add their views to talks next week on changes in the Church, hoping the conciliatory ...

'Francis, Rebuild My Church': Will Pope Francis Heed The Call?

John L. Esposito | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
John L. Esposito

Pope Francis now faces an institutional church in need of substantial rebuilding and reform: a deeply divided church theologically; an entrenched and flawed, some would say incompetent, Vatican bureaucracy; a legacy of decades of scandals (in particular pedophilia) and of deception by members of the hierarchy; and an exodus of Catholics in Europe and America.

Pope Francis And Museum-Piece Catholicism

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The Church cannot be all change, all flux, lacking all core or conviction. But at the same time, the Church has been most alive when it has been swept by change.

A Prayer For Francis

Neil McCarthy | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Neil McCarthy

Yesterday, he asked us to pray for him. And I did. I offered up my own version of the prayer of his namesake, St. Francis.

Bishop Walter Sullivan, Progressive Catholic Leader Dies At 84

AP | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion

RICHMOND, Va. — Former Bishop Walter F. Sullivan, a progressive leader in the U.S. Roman Catholic church and the longest-serving head of the Ric...

Breakaway Group Offers Progressive Form Of Catholicism

Religion News Service | Abrams | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion

FAIRFAX, Va. (RNS) About 30 people are gathered in a dark, makeshift sanctuary at St. Anthony of Padua Church as the sun dips into the horizon. The se...

Cardinal Represented Catholic Church That Might Have Been

Reuters | Posted 11.03.2012 | Religion

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Carlo Maria Martini, the Italian cardinal due to be buried in Milan late on...

Rallying Around Father Roy: How Catholics Should Respond To His Impending Dismissal

Marianne T. Duddy-Burke | Posted 10.16.2011 | Religion
Marianne T. Duddy-Burke

Too many Catholics face similar dilemmas frequently in their professional, ministerial, and personal lives, and choose the safe path. We have the power to validate Roy's convictions and his continued priesthood.

Progressive Chicago Group Challenges The Vatican

Chicago News Cooperative | Chicago News Cooperative | Posted 10.02.2011 | Chicago

It's a long way from the Vatican to Roscoe Village, but a group based in that North Side neighborhood is leading a high-profile protest among American...

Relationships And The Church: How To Create A Welcoming Catholicism

Michael O'Loughlin | Posted 08.21.2011 | Religion
Michael O'Loughlin

Rightly or wrongly, Dolan and O'Malley, and others in positions of authority in any denomination, most easily personify church to the faithful. Their words and actions can poison one's image of the church.

Why I'm (Still) Catholic

Cara McDonough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Cara McDonough

I'm Catholic because I often find my religion in simple acts of service, and that's enough. Because I believe in something larger than the individual. Because in the face of a sometimes incomprehensible world, I hope.