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Radical Grace: U.S. Nuns Honor Vow by Challenging the Vatican

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Gina Messina-Dysert

Although the Vatican attempted to rein in American nuns for pushing "radical feminist themes," its efforts have been less than successful. Recogni...

Underwear in the New Jerusalem

Michael Pettinger | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Michael Pettinger

Twenty dollars for two pair of grey, cotton boxer briefs. It seemed like a lot of money for so little cloth. Of course, I was mistaken.

The Boy Scouts, Gay Youth And Catholic Teaching

John Gehring | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
John Gehring

It's hard to preach "Good News" when you're making news for fighting the wrong battles. At a time when Pope Francis is breathing new life into the church with his humility and inclusive posture, U.S. bishops should take a cue from Rome.

Pope Francis and Shareholders United in Priorities

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

An increased congruence between the moral, ethical and legal foundations of corporations, especially in the financial services sector, is essential If they are to be refunded to serve the social purposes and human needs for which they were chartered.

Only Sin Is Not To Be Kind

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 07.10.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Some things are so important they shouldn't be complicated. An old Italian woman once told me the only sin is not to be kind. It's a wise summary of the greatest commandment: to love the Lord with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself. Catholicism can be as easy as that.

The Modernist New Pope: A Concern For Traditional Catholics

Thom Nickels | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Thom Nickels

Eccentric extremes, I suppose, can be controversial, even if sometimes understandable. What is less understandable is the arbitrary changing of ceremonial rubrics. If I were to place any bets, I'd say Pope Francis will make other ceremonial changes that will shock traditional Catholics.

New Pope's Election May Boost Sainthood Drive For Slain Salvadoran Archbishop

Joseph Frazier | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Joseph Frazier

A top Salvadoran church official says the elevation of Cardinal José Maria Bergoglio to Pope Francis could advance the plodding campaign for sainthood for Msgr. Oscar Arnulfo Romero, an outspoken peace advocate and possibly the country's most revered figure, assassinated for his views on March 24, 1980.

A Hopeful Dispatch From St. Peter's Square

Kim Daniels | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Kim Daniels

In a moment of silence at St. Peter's, we saw something we don't see much on the world stage: authentic humility. That's the essence of our faith, and that's what will renew our Church.

A Jesuit And Pope

Rev. Kevin O'Brien, S.J. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Rev. Kevin O'Brien, S.J.

On the night of his election, as Francis bowed before the multitudes, the world fell silent for a few moments, as if to catch our collective breath for what is already proving to be a ground-breaking moment in the Church's long history.

Church Reform Priorities

Patricia McGuire | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Patricia McGuire

Nothing is "more important" than refocusing the Church's ministry on global poverty and, at the same time, changing the Church's overt style and deep-seated culture from one that glorifies the rituals and realities of power to a style of humility and culture of service.

Which Francis?

William J. Arnone | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
William J. Arnone

Although he did not specifically say so, the assumption is that the new pope chose this name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, who was renowned for his austere life, his love of nature and his fierce dedication to the poor. It is possible, however, that another Francis was the model he had in mind.

Is A Jesuit Pope An Oxymoron?

Thomas Worcester | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Until a week ago, there had not been a pope who also belonged to a religious order in more than a century and a half. No Jesuit had ever been elected pontiff. I had thought this would never happen, in part because Jesuits make a promise not to seek ecclesiastical offices.

Pope To Argentines: Don't Come To Rome, Give Money To Poor Instead

Reuters | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, March 15 (Reuters) - Pope Francis has attempted to dissuade Argentines from making costly trips to Rome for his inaugural Mass next we...

'Rebuild My Church'

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

While these are enormous challenges for Pope Francis, the grace of God is sufficient for faithful church leaders to lead. And Jorge Bergoglio is said to be such a man of God -- fervent in personal faith and consistent prayer.

The Most Important Catholic Is..

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

I'm no theologian, but I have heard for a lifetime, from Catholic preachers and teachers of all stripes, that "the least" matter the most in the eyes of God.

With The Pope's Resignation, Everything Has Changed

Nancy Dallavalle | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Nancy Dallavalle

Bottom line: If the pope can resign, the rest of us can say goodbye to the cult of suffering and the cultic exaltation of the priesthood -- and we can welcome women to the pulpit, the poor to our table, and the laity to the exercise of their own common sense.

Time To Take Another Look At Catholicism

Alan Jones | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Alan Jones

Our generation needs to set aside the cultural hostility toward Catholicism and take another look. The resignation of Pope Benedict gives us that opportunity.

Is The Pope Catholic?

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

When Cardinal Ratzinger became Pope Benedict, virtually everyone wanted him to do well and to lead the Catholic Church toward the highest values of love and justice in the global world of faith. There was reason for hope.

The American Catholic Church And Roe. v. Wade

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Many American Catholics took exception to this decision and have engaged in four decades of political action to reverse this outcome. There might have been a time when this strategy was viable. No longer.

The Change We Need In Inner-City Education: A Catholic Prescription For Obama's Second Term

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Douglas Kmiec

The president knows transformational change requires effective organization. He learned that lesson well in inner city Chicago 30 years ago. There is no reason his efforts today cannot transform and unite the Catholic and public innovations aimed at helping those most in need.

Radical, Pacifist And Catholic: Dorothy Day On The Call To Be Saints

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

Leader of the Catholic Worker movement, Dorothy Day was a realist and she knew that people reflexively regard saints as plaster-cast paragons of perfection. But Dorothy Day also loved the saints, venerated the saints, and wrote more than once that "we are all called to be saints."

A Catholic Reflection On HIV/AIDS And The Call To Love

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

As Catholics, we need only follow our faith and the conscience that guides it, to realize that World AIDS Day is an opportunity, and a call, for us to exercise faith in action.

Don't Vote For The 'Better Catholic'

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

When a Catholic candidate speaks about his or her faith, it's more important for voters to concentrate on their policies, rather than trying to worm their way into the person's soul.

The Candidates' Calculated Silence About Poverty

Rick D. Axtell | Posted 12.11.2012 | Religion
Rick D. Axtell

One wonders if anyone is listening to the voices of poor people in America. I'd like to see the debates prompt our leaders to respond to American poverty in terms of both policy proposals and values.

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Nuns And Theologians Issue Challenge To Paul Ryan

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.11.2012 | Religion

As Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan prepare for their debate Thursday night, more than a hundred Catho...