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What Is Original Sin?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Original Sin. noun. An inborn guilt-worthy moral limp--in other words, a contradiction in terms. Any fetus may acquire DNA that will eventually hob...

The Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016)

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. | Posted 02.15.2016 | Religion
Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.

Justice Scalia was the proud possessor of a rigorously textual sense of legal reasoning and a decidedly oversized judicial personality. He was known, by friend and foe alike, as the promoter of a novel approach to judicial decision-making known as originalism.

What I Hope We Learn From the Pope: A 30-Something's Reflection on Catholicism

Kristy L. Moore | Posted 09.30.2016 | Religion
Kristy L. Moore

My generation of Catholics has seen a lot of decline. The memories I have of a neighborhood bursting at the seams with Catholic parishes, participating parishioners, priests, nuns, students, service groups and athletic teams seems like a distant dream.

Nirvana or the Disenchantment of Love in the Life of a Seminarian

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 05.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Benjamin Brenkert

By the time I was 18, I realized that I had a rather strong libido, but I also discerned that God was calling me to be a Roman Catholic priest. That's a bummer, too strong sex drive and wanting to be a priest, who takes a vow of celibacy!

The Future of Catholicism, 2015-2025

Massimo Faggioli | Posted 05.08.2016 | Religion
Massimo Faggioli

The surprising retirement of Pope Benedict XVI in February 2013 marked the end of a papacy reluctant to take on the full array of duties of the Bishop of Rome: pastoral, ecumenical, interreligious or diplomatic.

Insanely Intricate Hand-Cut Paper Artworks View The Internet As Modern-Day Religion

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.30.2015 | Arts

For many people who identify as religious, praying is the first activity upon waking up and the last before going to bed. For many in the social media...

Fame: Spotlight on Super Woman Clare Boothe Luce

Jim Luce | Posted 03.07.2015 | Books
Jim Luce

Although I attended her funeral at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, I never knew Clare Boothe Luce in life. Through Sylvia Jukes Morris' twin works, Rage For Fame and the most recent Price of Fame, I feel I have come to know Clare in all her complexity far more intimately.

The Tyranny of Orthodoxy

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Benjamin Brenkert

As an openly gay Jesuit I sought ordination to the priesthood publicly acknowledging that I could not serve with integrity and not be allowed to bless same-sex unions through sacramental marriage.

Pope Francis I, the Nun-Busters and Why Catholics Should Buy "Quest For the Living God"

Michele Somerville | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion
Michele Somerville

We have seen a great shift in this Vatican's tone. But what have we not seen? We have not seen the shift fully extend to the women of the church.

Pope Francis Wants "Poor Church And Church For The Poor"

Reuters | Posted 05.16.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, March 16 (Reuters) - Pope Francis, giving his clearest indication yet that he wants a more austere Catholic Church, said on Saturday t...

And So The Election For Pope Begins

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion

* First round of voting inconclusive * No favourite to lead world's 1.2 billion Catholics * Cardinals pray to Holy Spiri...

What Happens When An Evangelical Protestant Falls In Love With The Catholic Church?

Charles Redfern | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Charles Redfern

It's time I come clean. I'm an evangelical with a secret. A covert "real me" peaks from the shadows and longs to leap into the sunlight. World events compel me to throw caution to the wind and blare my confession: I'm a wanna-be Catholic.

Pope's Last Mass On Ash Wednesday Moved To St. Peter's Basilica

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Cardinals around the world began informal contacts to discuss who should next lead the Church through a period of m...

Pope Slams Attacks By 'Intolerant Agnosticism' In Sermon

Reuters | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Sunday that Roman Catholic leaders must have the courage to s...

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Jean Valjean at Christmas

Perry Brass | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
Perry Brass

To me, as a gay Jew at this difficult Christmas, thinking about Jean Valjean (and his creator Victor Hugo), even remembering crying my eyes out over him, are all very good. Because goodness is definitely its own reward, and we need to remember that.

Pope's First, Second, And Third Tweet

Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion

Pope Benedict's first tweet from @pontifex came today reading: "Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for you...

Don't Know Much About a New Generation of Catholic Theologians...

Tobias Winright | Posted 06.19.2012 | Religion
Tobias Winright

We are not some homogenous group. While we are unified in many important respects, we are not uniform.

Radical Disobedience: Why Roman Catholics Won't Heed The Pontiff's Call For 'Radical Obedience'

Michele Somerville | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

There's not a thing Joseph Ratzinger can do to stop Roman Catholic women from becoming Roman Catholic priests. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Can Religion Be Joyful?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.21.2012 | Religion
Lev Raphael

It's a central part of worship -- or should be -- and many figures in many different religions have urged this message.

Jesus, King Arthur And Pope Benedict XVI

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Jesus believed that power was only truly useful if it was given away. The papal ceremony of giving the red hats to the elite club of cardinals displays the great legacy of Jesus and King Arthur.

Great Lent: What Fasting, South Park And Your Inner Toddler Have in Common

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 04.26.2012 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

The point of the Lenten fast, for us, is not really about what we give up. It is about what we are supposed to do when we feel ourselves wanting what we have told ourselves we should not have.

Searching For The Common Good In Political Discourse

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 04.02.2012 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

The irony in the ideas of the Republican candidates is that the traditional teachings of Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, and even evangelical Protestantism give a moral priority to the common good over the private good.

The New Mass As New Coke

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion
Jeff DeGraff

I was in a positively ebullient mood as I went off to Christmas Mass at St. Mary's with my family in tow. The senses were amped up for the big production. And that's when "it" happened.

Why Would Anyone Go To Confession?

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 01.15.2012 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Going to confession is a whole different animal. Why do it? Why would it be necessary to confess one's sins to another, let alone to a clergy person?

Philadephia Archbishop Will Resign Amid Sex-Abuse Scandal (UPDATED)

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.18.2011 | Religion

Update, July 19, 9:52 a.m.: The Archdiocese of Denver has announced that Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput will replace the Philadelphia archbishop. Af...