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.
It was only in 1546 that the Roman Catholic Church declared that a marriage was only valid if performed by a priest. The idea that marriage was a "sacrament" had more to do with the politics of the day than it did with theology.
Will anyone care 500 years from now about today's debates? Women priests? Married priests? One thing is certain: the expression of priesthood will change by default if not by design.
Chances are good that we will soon be acknowledging JPII as "Saint," but none of this will make much difference in how Catholics live their lives everyday. There is a more important reason, I think, to remember JPII.
Some of the Justice Department proposals as to what the cigarette companies must say in their ads are in the nature of a confession that might be heard by a priest in a confessional.
Walker is listening to One Person and One Person only: Jesus speaking directly to him. God, evidently, has directed him on his current path.
Hells' Bells! A new app for the iPhone allows sinners to make an instant confession. The *official* Catholic Church asks the hard questions, you spill the beans.
I came away from test-driving the new Roman Catholic Confession iPhone app thinking it one of those modern features that appears to reflect expansiveness or growth.
Since Father Roy will be in Archbishop Timothy Dolan's own backyard, I thought a comment was in order.
The Vatican's position on birth control causes abortions.
The recent censorship by the Smithsonian Institution of a controversial video clip by the late gay artist David Wojnarowicz - which contained images o...
It was hard for me to get excited about Cuomo in November of last year, but all of that changed when I read how he went to church on the Roman Catholic Feast of the Epiphany.
Times are indeed changing, even for popes. Maybe especially for popes. A new book explores how the papacy has changed greatly, and repeatedly, during the past 500 years through forces largely beyond its control.
The opportunity for accountability, resolution and a promise for the protection of vulnerable children is now.