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The Church May Be Dying, But The Scripture-Science Debate Is Alive And Well

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.11.2012 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Unthinking religious leaders have made it out to be an either/or prospect: Either accept that Scripture is as much a science book as it is a spiritual book or the entirety of the Bible's reliability as a spiritual guide is in question.

Pope Benedict XVI Names 22 New Cardinals

AP | VICTOR L. SIMPSON | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI clearly put his stamp on the group that will eventually elect his successor with his naming of 22 new cardinals...

OMG You Were a Nun and You're Black?

Deborah Plummer | Posted 01.06.2012 | Black Voices
Deborah Plummer

I spent over four years researching friendship patterns of people from all ages in order to write Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations th...

The Real "War on Christmas"

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Just because the modern "War on Christmas" may not exist does not mean such a war never existed in America. The subject of Christmas was indeed at the heart of a previous bitter political dispute, but you've got to go pretty far back to find it. All the way back to the Puritans.

Astoria Characters: The Cheers Leader

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.13.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Veronica Devine opened Veronica's Bar a dozen years ago. The place's history is as blurry as a drunk's double vision.

Anti-Mormon Attacks: It's Not Personal, Mitt. It's Just Politics

David Briggs | Posted 02.12.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

While Mormons have ascended into Congress and top state positions, the uneasiness many Americans feel about them is magnified when it comes to the nation's highest office.

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.

Whose Religious Liberty Is It Anyway? A Question For America's Catholic Leaders

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 01.17.2012 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

When will Catholics start to occupy the United States Conference Catholic Bishops and diocesan offices across the country to demand a moral voice that focuses on Christ's message of love and justice?

Scholarship Plan Will Aid Haitian Students (PHOTOS)

Christian Fuchs | Posted 12.31.2011 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

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Sacrilege: Wall Street Worship

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Americans have been worshiping a bull. Too many citizens, and particularly politicians, prostrate themselves to Wall Street's bronze idol.

How The Immaculata Womens Basketball Team Won The Nation

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 12.27.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

"The Mighty Macs" is about much more universal themes than athletics and sportsmanship. It's about the power of faith and the virtues of long-suffering, hard work and sacred friendship.

Catholic Bishops Up The Ante In Fight With Obama

Posted 12.03.2011 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops, concerned about Obama administration policies on birth control and gay rights t...

Pope Prepares to Meet Gay, Divorced And Lutheran German Leadership

AP | By MELISSA EDDY | Posted 11.20.2011 | World

BERLIN -- When Benedict XVI arrives in Berlin this week, he will be greeted in his homeland by a Lutheran chancellor, a gay mayor and a divorced, rema...

Fallen 9/11 Priest Emerges As Gay Catholic Icon

Posted 10.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) When All Saints Church sought to signal its hospitality to gays and lesbians, the Catholic parish in S...

The Effect On Faith Of Being Smarter Than A Fifth-Grader

David Briggs | Posted 10.19.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

Scholars agree further study is needed, but so far, the latest research indicates those who assume religion will slowly wind down as higher education rates increase are mistaken.

HHS Needs To Remove Itself From The Sanctuary

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 10.08.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has gone beyond nuzzling its nose where it does not belong. It has plunked itself right in the middle of the sanctuary.

Ayrton Senna: The Faith Of The Man Who Could Drive On Water

Manish Pandey | Posted 10.01.2011 | Religion
Manish Pandey

In the words of insurance companies, the most rational entities on earth who sift through data and find patterns where there are none, Ayrton's death 'was an act of God.'

God's Diplomat Called Home

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 09.28.2011 | Religion
Joseph K. Grieboski

In a post that is usually better known among the bishops than among policymakers, Sambi was the consummate diplomat, respected highly by the White House, State Department, as well as the American bishops.

Elected Officials' Catholic Dilemma On Same-Sex Marriage

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 09.14.2011 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

There are in fact two very different Catholic voices that elected officials in New York and elsewhere around the country have to navigate: the big "C" voice of the Catholic bishops, and the little "c" voices of Catholics in the pews.

At Last: Military Outsourcing We Can All Support

David Isenberg | Posted 08.14.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Although it may come as a shock to both the Republican and Tea parties, apparently providing religious services to troops is not an 'inherently governmental' function.

The Choice To End All Choices

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 08.14.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The dying deserve choices in everything from choice of care to choice of where to receive it. Whether to pray or sit quietly. Whether to have visitors. Whether to see a spiritual guide.

Learning From My Neighbors: A Sikh's Interfaith Journey

Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia | Posted 08.09.2011 | Religion
Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia

As I reflect on my friendship with my Muslim high school friend and the Catholic spiritual adviser, it is clear to me that the many diverse religions of the world are complimentary to each other and not in competition with each other.

Predicting Religion's Future

David Briggs | Posted 07.28.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

If it seems foolhardy to forecast the date of the apocalypse, predicting the future of religion is not so far-fetched, as some scholars say they have an increasing number of scientific tools to make such projections.

When Cats Pray: How Our Feline Friends Uplift The World

Pamela Gerloff | Posted 07.23.2011 | Healthy Living
Pamela Gerloff

As I paused to experience the stillness in which Miss Kitty was immersed, an image entered my mind -- an image of a global feline force that daily nourishes and sustains us all.

Buying Porn For Bin Laden

Robert Brenner | Posted 07.20.2011 | Comedy
Robert Brenner

COURIER: Uh, I'd like to buy some porn.for a, uh, friend. He lives in a large, walled-off compound in the suburbs of Abbottabad. It's kind of like the Playboy mansion -- minus the Bunnies, of course.