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3 Ways Pope Francis Has Let Women Down

Patricia Miller | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion
Patricia Miller

The election of Pope Francis and early indications that he wasn't a business-as-usual pontiff was greeted with great hope that he signaled if not a revolution, at least a major leap forward for the church. One group of Catholics seems conspicuously absent from the pope's reform agenda: women.

'Tenacious Women' Event Shares Brave Stories Of Faith

Posted 10.23.2013 | Religion

Tenacious women Jocelyn Khouriey and Marcella Sonnino held their audience spellbound as they shared their life stories and faith journeys as part of a...

From Kissing Elvis To Joining The Convent

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The way fans reacted to Dolores Hart’s decision to become a cloistered nun, you might ha...

Some Tips For Journalists Covering The Catholic Church (Hint: It's Complicated)

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

"The Catholic Church: What Everyone Needs to Know" makes clear that this institution is less monolithic than it seems; no wonder the book's mantra is: "It's complicated."

Reach Out To Estranged Children On Mother's Day

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 06.30.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

We all know the commandment, "Honor thy father and mother." We've also been schooled to respect our elders. But we also know reality. Older people may have less energy than the young, but they have more resources, such as life experience.

Pope Francis And The Ongoing Reform Of The Leadership Conference Of Women Religious

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Pope Francis is brand new to his job, and it would have been odd for him, as some may have expected, to essentially undo a process that has been in the works for several years.

A Female Dalai Lama?

Michaela Haas | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Michaela Haas

The papacy won't be a mamacy any time soon, but at least we know that Her Holiness is an option.

Pink Smoke And Protestant Popes

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

The key to achieving the reform so desperately needed by both Catholic and Protestant churches was right under Pope Francis' nose the moment he stepped out on the Vatican balcony. Clues can be found in a cloud of pink smoke and in the legacy of his patron saint, Francis of Assisi.

Article Of Faith

Viviana Hurtado | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Viviana Hurtado

As godmother, I am entrusted with raising my goddaughters in the Catholic Faith should anything happen to their parents. My anxiety about the authenticity of my faith, always lying latent, punched through.

The Catholic Church’s Defense Of Women At The U.N.

Meg T. McDonnell | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Meg T. McDonnell

Eyes are on Rome as the Catholic Church chooses its next pope. But there's some pretty fascinating "Catholic" stuff going down in New York right now at the United Nations, which is holding its 57th annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

Breaking The Catholic Silence

Scott Janssen | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Scott Janssen

Catholics are taught not to question Church authority, but how can a Catholic stay silent when its leadership advocates policy that counters basic human rights?

A Woman's Defense Of Pope Benedict XVI

Helen Alvare | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Helen Alvare

I wince every time I hear a drive-by commentator on Benedict XVI refer to him as narrow or "hard-line" or "conservative," as if political boxes or strictly worldly categories could capture what is true about this man, or about the contents of the Catholic faith.

Report: Ireland Oversaw Abusive Catholic Laundries

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 04.07.2013 | Religion

DUBLIN — Ireland's government oversaw workhouses run by Catholic nuns that once held thousands of women and teenage girls in unpaid labor and us...

92 Year Old Priest Punished For Celebrating Mass With Woman

Reuters | Mary Wisniewski | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion

(Reuters) - A 92-year-old Wisconsin Jesuit has become the latest Catholic priest to be punished by church authorities for celebrating Mass with a woma...

The Nuns Who Form Us

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

None of them thought what they were doing was extraordinary because such giving is an ordinary part of their lives. That's how it is with religious sisters: God's goodness courses through them.

Women vs. The Drowned Hulk

Terence Clarke | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Terence Clarke

The rabidity of the Church's current insistence on certain matters of faith, morals and politics shows its defensive fear -- and its anger at being so ignored by the populace.

8 Reasons Why Hildegard Matters Now

Mary Sharratt | Posted 12.27.2012 | Religion
Mary Sharratt

On Oct. 7, 873 years after her death, the Vatican finally gave her the highest recognition for her considerable achievements. She was elevated to Doctor of the Church, a rare and solemn title reserved for theologians who have significantly impacted Church doctrine.

Vatican II, 50 Years Later

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 11.09.2012 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

It was an exciting time. It was also a dangerous time, a time of great personal tension and deep spiritual struggle.

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.

The Sisters Can't Lose

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Whatever the sisters choose to do, they needn't fear. If they measure themselves by the values they chose to follow in the '60s, they are both successful and secure.

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.

We Stand With The Nuns

Emilie Haertsch | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Emilie Haertsch

We will put up with a lot from Rome, but when you start disciplining nuns for carrying out the Gospel message, that's where the American Catholic laity draws the line.

Nuns Consider Response To Vatican Crackdown

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 08.02.2012 | Religion

-- The largest group for American nuns will meet next week in St. Louis to decide whether they should resist or accept a Vatican-ordered overhaul. T...

Just Buy 'Just Love'

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Sister Dr. Margaret Farley has done the unforgivable. She's challenging the way the Vatican looks at sex. Not abortion, not contraception -- sex. Farley is, in a sense, using "dirty words."