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Walking The (Catholic) Plank

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Why doesn't my Catholic Church get its own house in order first? Get the plank/log/boulder/semi truck/elephant out of its own eye before it tries to remove a speck from another's eye?

The True Radicalism Of Catholic Sisters

Patricia McGuire | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Patricia McGuire

Whatever the sisters might have done to cross invisible lines of vowed obedience according to Church rules, they have done so with courage and conviction. They deserve reverence, not retribution.

The Subversion Of Vatican II

Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC

Mean-spiritedness, hostility and acrimony flourish in a church that should be all about the peace and love that Jesus brought to our world. Certainly, all sides are to blame as we permit these differences to obfuscate the "Good News" of the faith.

American Nuns Will Not Be Bullied

Mary C. Johnson | Posted 06.24.2012 | Religion
Mary C. Johnson

All institutional power in the official Church is held by ordained men. These men seem to believe that protecting the institution requires that they demand absolute unity of doctrine and unquestioning obedience to their own decisions.

Gunning For The Nuns

Michele Somerville | Posted 06.23.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The Vatican is losing the war of public opinion in the pews. It needs to flex its muscles. It needs to create fresh fear.

Free God Now! Old Time Religion Vs The Mainstream

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 06.23.2012 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

A fresh wind is blowing through church steeples and minarets. It's got the archbishops, pastors, rabbis and imams of Old Time Religion in a reactionary rage. And no wonder.

Leader Of Embattled Catholic Group Fires Back At Vatican

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 04.21.2012 | Religion

The head of a Catholic lobbying group is fighting back against criticism from the Vatican. "I've no idea what they're talking about," said Sister ...

Bishops vs. Nuns -- No Contest

James Zogby | Posted 06.20.2012 | Religion
James Zogby

With each new outrageous act of control, the bishops are looking more like desperate old men, attempting to hold on to the last vestiges of their fading authority by defending their power over the institution while ignoring the gospel.

Nuns Gone Wild? Why The Vatican Is Cracking Down On The Catholic Sisters

Reuters | Posted 06.20.2012 | Religion

* Vatican aims to rein in conference of Catholic nuns * Differences over ordination of women, ministry to gays * Some U....

Tweets to #WhatSistersMeanToMe Rally Support For Embattled Nuns

Posted 04.19.2012 | Religion

With his opening tweets, the immensely popular Jesuit priest Rev. James Martin, SJ started his drive to remember how much Catholics (and non-Catholics...

Documentary Stars Vatican-Approved Exorcist

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 04.09.2012 | Religion

Many people are familiar with the iconic 1973 film "The Exorcist," in which actors Max von Sydow and Jason Miller team up to turn the tables on a trul...

Pope Cannot See What Is Good & Evil

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

In today's overpopulated world, in which sexually-transmitted diseases are a scourge, few points about good and evil can be plainer than that contraception is good and opposition to contraception is evil. Yet the Pope remains willfully blind to this.

PHOTOS: Pope Washes Feet At Mass Of Last Supper

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2012 | Religion

(Reuters) - Pope Benedict washed and dried the feet of 12 men at a traditional Holy Thursday service commemorating Christ's gesture of humility to his...

Voices Of The Faithful: Belief In Resurrection At Core Of Christian Identity

David Briggs | Posted 06.05.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

Even as U.S. Christians have changed their views dramatically on issues such as same-sex marriage and women clergy, they have overwhelming held fast with the traditional view of the resurrection.

WATCH: Pope Given Massive Easter Egg

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 04.04.2012 | Religion

With Catholics around the world preparing to celebrate Easter, an Italian chocolate maker Tosca presented Pope Benedict XVI with a giant brightly colo...

The Spies Who Loved Me: Los Cinco, Alan Gross and Faith

Luis Perez-Simon | Posted 06.03.2012 | World
Luis Perez-Simon

For many years now, both governments and assorted international institutions have addressed the fate of both Los cinco and Alan Gross, especially after their corresponding cases reached each country's Supreme Court. In essence, it has turned into a game of Chicken.

Movie review: We Have a Pope

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.03.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thoughtful but funny in a low-key way, Nanni Moretti's We Have a Pope examines the idea of papal succession through a fictional story that reminds us ...

Politics and an Atheist's Pope: Nanni Moretti in the Spotlight, Part Two

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.02.2012 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

We Have a Pope is a thought-provoking film attempting to shed light on the doubts that can be felt by a true leader.

Vatican Bank Account Shut Down By Bank For Lack Of Transparency

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2012 | Religion

* Latest in series of image problems for Vatican bank * Vatican bank trying to meet EU's transparency rules By Philip Pu...

Pope Will Encounter Changing Religious Landscape In Mexico And Cuba

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 05.17.2012 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Te Americas, home to half the world's Catholics, are of utmost concern to the Vatican. The future of the global church lies here.

Catholic Pope and Anglican Archbishop Pray Together Amid Tensions

Reuters | Posted 05.10.2012 | Religion

* Pope and Rowan Williams pray in historic Rome church * Both speak of hopes for unity but avoid mention of problems * ...

Pope Denounces U.S. Efforts To Legalize Gay Marriage

Reuters | Posted 05.09.2012 | Religion

* Pope addresses U.S. bishops on family issues * Speaks after another US state legalised gay marriage * Says definition ...

Father Rick

Larry Womack | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
Larry Womack

If we are going to have a serious argument about civil liberties, specifically freedom of religion, I fail to see how anyone can argue that our first amendment rights are best left to interpretation by church oligarchs.

Benedict XVI, A Different Pope, Will Come to a Different Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.13.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The Catholics are preparing their liturgies and their pomp to receive Benedict XVI, while others wonder if his arrival will bring some significant transformation in the political or social situation of the nation.

Is There a Plot to Kill Pope Benedict?

Posted 02.10.2012 | Religion

Media accounts that Pope Benedict the XVI would be assassinated within the next 12 months are unfounded, the Vatican says. Italian newspaper Il Fat...