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'Catholic' Doesn't Mean What You Think It Does

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 12.20.2012 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

The origin of the word and its usage in Christianity for millennia suggests something quite different from what we might initially think. And what it really means has profound implications for what it means to be a Christian in the world and how we should conceive of being "church."

Celebrating Hildegard Of Bingen, Doctor Of The Church, Herald Of The Divine Feminine

Matthew Fox | Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion
Matthew Fox

The current anti-woman pope has declared Hildegard, a nature-based mystic and a fighter for justice inside and outside the church, a herald of the Divine Feminine to a patriarchal world and church, a Doctor of the Church. Do we have the courage to listen to her?

It's Not Your Grandmother's Catechism

Mary DeTurris Poust | Posted 12.11.2012 | Religion
Mary DeTurris Poust

Admit it: When you hear the word "catechism," you're eyes start to glaze over. But if you haven't tried the "new" Catechism of the Catholic Church, you're really missing out on something remarkable.

Catholic Nuns, The Vatican And Straight But Crooked Lines

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 12.05.2012 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

At present there is a standoff between the Vatican and the organization that represents 80 percent of American nuns. The hierarchy likely will break the stalemate right after the noisy election season. But what seems like a straight, rigid line looks more convoluted on further examination.

Vatican Orders Probe Of Police For Abuse Of Butler After Arrest

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Oct 2 (Reuters) - A Vatican judge on Tuesday ordered an investigation of the Holy See's police force after Pope Benedict's former butl...

Trial Starts With Setback For Pope's Butler

Reuters | Posted 11.29.2012 | Religion

* Court rules against admitting cardinals' evidence * Former butler appears at trial, smiling but pale * Gabriele often ...

Vatican II: A Call To Break Down Barriers

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

We should look to the Second Vatican Council for guidance and wisdom as we seek to make our house a place where no door is ever locked, but only awaiting a knock.

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...

In Final Interview Cardinal Says Church '200 Years Out Of Date"

Reuters | Posted 11.02.2012 | Religion

ROME, Sept 1 (Reuters) - The former archbishop of Milan and papal candidate Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said the Catholic Church was "200 years out...

Science And Religion Peace Talks Remain Controversial

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

At a time when religiously motivated concerns make it almost impossible to discuss the warming of our planet, the curriculum in our schools and even the reproduction of our species, we should embrace efforts at dialog, not assault them.

Why Dolan Should Have Snubbed Obama And Why I'm Glad He Didn't He Didn't

Michele Somerville | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

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.

Paul Ryan’s Catholic Problem

Daniel C. Maguire | Posted 10.21.2012 | Religion
Daniel C. Maguire

Call your knavish, mean-spirited budget plan what you will. But do not call it Catholic. Stop defaming and insulting the stirring compassion and richness of Catholic social teaching.

Nunzilla To 'You Go Girl': A Tale Of Sisters

Katherine Marshall | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The LCWR and its members are happy to see their public image shift from a nunzilla model of the stern unbudging nun to the caring teacher, professor, social worker, nurse or hospital administrator.

Gunning For Nuns, Part 2: The Nuns Respond

Michele Somerville | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The Vatican had nothing to gain by staging a tantrum and humiliating the nuns. Like a cool-headed mom managing a child demanding candy in the supermarket checkout line, the LCWR waited for the histrionics to pass.

Nuns Gone Rogue

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Lorraine Devon Wilke

I'm with the nuns and their enlightened focus on social justice, civil rights and catholic thinking. They would be better served by leaving and joining -- even starting -- a religious movement that embraces and supports their efforts.

Vatican Strips Leading University Of Right To Call Itself Catholic

Reuters | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, July 21 (Reuters) - The Vatican has stripped the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, one of the most prominent centres of learning...

Report: Vatican Bank Compliant On 9 Out Of 16 Core Standards

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 07.18.2012 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) The scandal-plagued Vatican Bank has a long way to go in order to comply with international standards ...

PHOTOS: 25 European Travel Ideas For Summer 2012

Viator | Posted 09.16.2012 | Travel

It is the perfect summer to head to Europe.

Jacob Soboroff

WATCH: Holy Fail: Is The Scandal-Ridden Catholic Church Too Big To Fail? | Jacob Soboroff | Posted 07.12.2012 | Religion

Huge institutions, struggling with corruption and suffering historic crises of legitimacy, are becoming all too commonplace these days. Could the same...

Was The Fortnight For Freedom A Dud In New York City?

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.28.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Two hundred and fifty Catholics assembled on the first day to hear New York's top priest, Timothy Dolan, celebrate Mass and reflect on religious liberty. It's likely his public relations nosedive has necessitated a few alterations in the plan.

Traditionalist Catholic Group Calls Vatican Offer 'Clearly Unacceptable'

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 06.28.2012 | Religion

(RNS) A breakaway traditionalist Catholic group on Monday (June 25) slammed as "clearly unacceptable" a Vatican doctrinal document that was supposed t...

75 Lutheran Women Scholars Praise and Reaffirm Sr. Margaret Farley

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 08.25.2012 | College
Norma Cook Everist

In these discouraging days, we write to praise and reaffirm the theological discernment and moral creativity of all your work.


Linda Kenney Baden | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Linda Kenney Baden

I was raised Roman Catholic -- a product of Catholic school education through Grades 1-12, taught by the nuns, Sisters of Mercy. I regret that in the past I never understood their real value. I do now.

Kalamazooans Protest Vatican's Treatment of Nuns

Olga Bonfiglio | Posted 08.19.2012 | Detroit
Olga Bonfiglio

People across the nation have taken to the streets to protest the Vatican's attack on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and show their support for the sisters, according to Nun Justice.

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.