Secrecy --a Church specialty -- has always reigned inside even its most hallowed institutions, but it cannot continue to do so. In the case of Catholic schools, the Church should first publish their so-called "master plan" for all to see, down to how they intend to spend every last nickel.
Louis DeThomasis is willing to speak out against what he describes as an increasingly inflexible hierarchy, unwilling to bend or even discuss such issues as the droves of young people fleeing the Catholic Church, the difficult questions surrounding sex abuse scandals and ordaining women.
Through his comments it is clear that the Pope has likely never met a committed same-sex couple.
When the issue of marriage equality is raised, one of the most common objections raised is that it will violate religious liberty. What is not being shared is that much of the public's support for LGBT people actually comes from within the Roman Catholic Church.
Nobody gets to say who is and who is not Catholic. Not the priests, not the bishops and not the pope. One is a Catholic after baptism. Period.
No, Vito did not slide his hands up their thighs, as he did with young women in his offices, but he has been credibly accused of using Catholic priests to electioneer on his behalf in senior citizens operations..
Even if both parties seek him to invoke God's blessings on them, we are confronting one aspect of his work: the hierarchy's stern criticism of American nuns, and its campaign to deny some women insurance coverage for contraception.
That precedent exists for excluding pro-choice candidates from this event makes it all the more difficult for Dolan to put the kind of spin he needs on his decision to invite the president to the dinner.
Say a novena for the women of Pussy Riot. Light a candle in church for them. Even more, take a public action for justice, women's empowerment and freedom. But whatever you do, don't dismiss them.
As an old body-surfer, I can attest that it is a scary thing to have a huge wave bearing down on you and to feel as if you are about to be tossed and turned at its pleasure without being able to do much in response to it. This wave is large, and it is growing.
Sister Dr. Margaret Farley has done the unforgivable. She's challenging the way the Vatican looks at sex. Not abortion, not contraception -- sex. Farley is, in a sense, using "dirty words."
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) rarely lets the facts get in the way of their story. In making their case, they have relied on spurious claims about religious liberty, conscience and science.
I am hopeful that the Sisters going to Rome will let the Vatican know that it is way past time for the male hierarchy to cease seeking to control Roman Catholic women, either lay or religious.
It has been a rough spring for American nuns. They've been thinking unapproved thoughts and talking out of turn, and the male hierarchy of the church is not happy. And they are doing something about it.
It is said that when making polite small talk, one does not discuss religion, sex or politics. But that becomes more than a bit difficult when you work for a church whose keen interest in all three of these topics has been widely discussed of late.
If Timothy Dolan is to be believed, he's ready to sacrifice the poor -- many of whom are elderly, juvenile, disabled and infirm -- in Christ's name, for the greater good of wining the war against contraception.