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A Ghost Story: Philly's Bishop Francis Kenrick Revisits the Scene of AntiCatholic Riots

Thom Nickels | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Thom Nickels

I, Bishop Francis Patrick Kenrick, was blessed with a fine clerical career. In my hometown of Dublin, I was selected, at age 18, to study in Rome. In Rome I spent many summers reading on the Spanish Steps and praying in St. Peter's.

Not So Fast! Says Vatican To Bishops

Reuters | Tom Heneghan | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - The Vatican warned bishops on Tuesday not to reform faster than Pope Francis, after a German diocese said that some divorced and remarried...

Church Of England Votes In Favor Of Ordaining Women Bishops

Reuters | Adam Jourdan | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - The Church of England's law-making body voted on Monday in favor of ordaining women bishops, but it will be at least two years before the ...

A Bishop's First Duty

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Today's Catholic episcopate seems increasingly marred by a bitter-end spirit of strife and faction. Where's the humble recognition that the political squabbles of this world should not rend asunder the Church of Christ?

Vatican's US Ambassador Praises Catholic Bishops' Fight With US Government

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 08.13.2012 | Religion

ATLANTA — The nation's Roman Catholic bishops on Wednesday promised steadfast opposition to President Barack Obama's mandate that birth control ...

Priest On Nun Crackdown: 'Vatican Is Hypocritical And Duplicitous'

Posted 06.01.2012 | Religion

The Vatican orthodoxy watch dog group known as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced in April its intention to overhaul the largest...

Richard Grenell, Romney and the (Religious) Politics of Hate

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

If you came to earth from another planet right now as the proverbial "visitor from Mars" and tried to figure out what most religions all seem agree on and care about most you'd conclude that it was about keeping women down and bashing gays. Call this the "ecumenism of oppression."

The Essence of Immorality

Cristina Page | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
Cristina Page

If the Bishops insist there's no firewall great enough to protect them from our contraceptive activities, then they also must admit there's no firewall great enough to protect us from their religious activities.

Do Unto Others: U.S. Bishops, Religious Liberty And Gay Americans' Tax Dollars

John Mattras | Posted 01.28.2012 | Religion
John Mattras

It is time for the bishops to own up to the obvious reality that denying services to a class of individuals is, in fact, discrimination.

Do Good Leaders Abound In The Catholic Church?

Thomas Worcester | Posted 10.29.2011 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Leadership may be found in any profession or vocation within the Church, including teachers, scholars, writers, pastoral ministers, chaplains, whether they are celibate or married, men or women.

Catholic Political Operatives Follow the Bishops

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

As I wrote last week, Compassion & Choices welcomes the affirmation by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) that religious objec...

New Priests Offer Hope

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 07.06.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

A list of those being ordained priests this spring elicits hope and joy. Almost 500 men, from age 25 to 63, constitute the class of 2011 and embody what we need in the priesthood.

Church Of England Decides To Allow Women Bishops

AP | SYLVIA HUI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — The Church of England national assembly decided Monday that women should be allowed to become bishops, making only minor concessions to...

Vatican To Bishops: Follow Law, Report Sex Abuse

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Monday responded to allegations it long concealed clerical sex abuse by making it clear for the first time that bi...

Pope Implicated In Cover-Up Of Wisconsin Sex Abuse Case

Huffington Post / AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

As a cardinal, Pope Benedict XVI and other Vatican officials did not punish or even hold a trial within the Catholic church for a Wisconsin priest who...

Health Care Overhaul Fight Exposes Catholic Rift

AP | ERIC GORSKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

An unusual public split between U.S. Roman Catholic bishops, nuns and hospitals over abortion in the health care overhaul could undermine the church h...

A Flawed Step Forward on Health Care Reform

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We all know how much the media love conflict, and they have fallen in love with the health care debate. To say the process hasn't been pretty would be one of the biggest Washington understatements in years.

Lutheran Bishops Prepare To Welcome Gay Clergy

pewforum.org | Daniel Burke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

ishops in the nation's largest Lutheran denomination have approved preliminary steps to welcome a group of openly gay and lesbian ministers as officia...

Catholic Bishops Tell Congress That Passing Health Care Is A 'Moral Imperative'

Politics Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a strongly worded appeal that will test their political influence, especially with their pro-life and Republican allies, the Catholic bishops of th...

Catholic Church Shows Its Influence In Health Care Fight

Wall Street Journal | Peter Wallsten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Injecting itself aggressively into the health-care debate, the Roman Catholic Church in America has emerged as a major political force with the potent...

Bishop Richard Williamson, Holocaust Denier, Reinstated By Pope (VIDEO)

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has lifted the excommunications of four traditionalist bishops, including that of a Holocaust denier whose reha...