It is settled under the Constitution, of course, that the government may not operate a program that favors one religious faith over another.
Let's get something straight: religious liberty is not absolute. Under our system of justice, there is no such thing as an absolute right to anything.
The world's first "megachurch" did not originate in 1950s America. Instead, it sprouted in 15th century Florence. It was called San Marco and was led by a fiery preacher and friar named Girolamo Savonarola.
"You can't get married outside." The priest paused, then repeated, "You just can't." My sister-in-law, however, wants to do just that. Plenty of people do. Why can't a Catholic ceremony take place outside?
You may say that Stephen is not even a priest, let alone a cardinal, a prince of the church. But as a staunch defender of Roman Catholic conservative values, Stephen IS a prince of the church.
I was saddened to learn that the Roman Catholic priest was detained by police as he arrived at the Vatican to deliver a petition signed by 15,000 Catholics in support of him and women's ordination.
Bishops play a dangerous game when they threaten to use the leverage they think they have to bring secular law in line with canon law.
Catholics are called to protect the dignity of the human person without exception. We must recognize that bullying is an attack on human dignity.
Many expressed the significance of what it meant to be a part of something much larger than themselves, as was evident in sharing the same faith and holding the same convictions, whether praying to God, Dios, or Dieu.
According to the Vatican's own doctrine, it is God who turns men into priests. "Defrocking" Father Roy Bourgeois will not render him any less a priest. The dress does not make the man a priest.
According to governor Rick Perry of Texas what America needs is prayer. We need to pray in order to restore our moral direction.
At the mainstream Roman Catholic mass I attended this past Pentecost Sunday, two prayers for loving acceptance of "homosexual" Catholics were incorporated into the Prayers of the Faithful.
Two major media events splashed across the screens of the world -- the royal wedding and John Paul II's beatification -- that showed vividly the similarities and differences between the churches.
The current pope has much to gain by expediting the canonization of his predecessor. The fanfare that accompanies canonization promises to create a useful diversion for Ratzinger.
The average Catholic is young, old, middle-aged and every color of the human rainbow. He or she does not fit into a square or a circle but belongs to a big triangle that holds all shapes and sizes.
Divinity of Doubt will have no friends of the kind who want to be comfortable in a group, no ready-made groups looking to be further validated by the one-way bias that passes for communication these days.