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What Popes Are For

Stephen White | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Stephen White

Truth, at least as the Catholic Church understands it, is best demonstrated, not by carefully reasoned arguments (though those are important) and certainly not by violence, but by self-giving love. There is nothing more compelling, nothing more true, than sacrificial love.

Hoping For A New Era For The Catholic Church

Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah

By stepping down from the papacy, a candidate from Latin America, Asia or Africa could be elected as pope. The familiar (read: European) face of the papacy may one day become all but a distant memory.

The Complex Legacy Of Pope Benedict

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Catholics may be surprised at how closely non-Catholics follow these very public moments in their Church, and how invested other Christians, and people of other faith and no faith are in the machinations of the Catholic Church.

No More Pope, No More King

Lucia Annunziata | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Lucia Annunziata

Whether you are a believer or not, there can be no doubt that the pope's resignation only adds more uncertainty to the general political volatility Italy is experiencing.

Why Is Everyone So Saddened By The Pope's Resignation?

Edward Falzon | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Edward Falzon

The man who stands behind bullet-proof glass as he preaches that one must accept the hour of their death has resigned today.

From Catholic To Orthodox

Thom Nickels | Posted 03.29.2013 | Religion
Thom Nickels

I came to Orthodoxy from Catholicism partially because of its unchanged liturgy; because the Orthodox Church, in its wisdom, never embarked on a path of liturgical self-destruction.

Pope On Social Networks: The Virtual Is Real

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI put church leaders on notice Thursday, saying social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter aren't a virtua...

Lessons in Letting Go: A Lost Brother and a Missing Caravaggio

Julie Genovese | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Genovese

I study the painting, the face of my past. I miss my brother. But even as the tears roll out once more, I feel a love and connection that will never leave. I take a deep breath as the bigger picture settles my soul.

A Catholic Leader Calls For Church Reform

Cara McDonough | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Cara McDonough

Louis DeThomasis is willing to speak out against what he describes as an increasingly inflexible hierarchy, unwilling to bend or even discuss such issues as the droves of young people fleeing the Catholic Church, the difficult questions surrounding sex abuse scandals and ordaining women.

The 'Good Fairy Tale' and the Movie Les Mis

Carol Smaldino | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

To my mind, we need some more "good" fairy tales, in that we need the inspiration to work at the realities of our selves, and of course each other, and of course the larger world. The giving it up to God almost spoiled my enjoyment of the movie.

Judge: Roman Catholic Church Must Release Names Of Pedophile Priests

AP | GREG RISLING | Posted 03.09.2013 | Religion

LOS ANGELES -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles must release the names of church leaders and pedophile priests identified in thousands of...

Pope's Warning On Syria: 'Nothing But A Field Of Ruins'

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 03.09.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Pope Benedict urged the world on Monday to end what he called the endless slaughter in Syria before the entire count...

Christmas Comes To The Americas: Now What?

Lorenzo Candelaria | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Lorenzo Candelaria

As American Catholics enjoy the Christmas songs and carols that will continue until the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, it would be worthwhile to reflect on how seriously the Church's teachings are being put into practice.

Cardinal George, Same-Sex Marriage and the Law of Nature

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Geoffrey R. Stone

With the Illinois legislature poised to consider a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, Chicago's Cardinal George insists that same-sex marriage is incompatible with "nature." One might just as easily the same about celibacy.

Ho Ho Holy Discount - Vatican Is Tax Free

AP | Posted 02.21.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a story Dec. 23 about the Vatican's tax-free department store, The Associated Press erroneously reported that online cigar re...

Holy Father: The Time Has Come for a Dialogue on LGBT People

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 02.21.2013 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

Through his comments it is clear that the Pope has likely never met a committed same-sex couple.

More Parables For Our Times: Not Your Grandma's Prince of Peace

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 02.21.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

The disciples were shocked. "Lord, didn't you say, 'All who take the sword will perish by the sword'? Jesus said, "That was before I noticed that everybody else was armed to the teeth."

Pope Takes Anti-Gay Message To New Level

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — The pope pressed his opposition to gay marriage Friday, denouncing what he described as people eschewing their God-given gender i...

Hope In The Wake Of Tragedy: A Moral Response To A Crisis

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

As we embark on this debate, we must turn our hearts to the messages of peace that are inherent in all faiths. We must trust and follow the Light that guides us.

The Pope Is On Twitter But He Is Following Fewer Than 10 People

Joshua Estrin | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Joshua Estrin

Vatican officials admit the pope won't actually be doing the hunt and peck to type messages and instead someone in the Vatican's secretariat of state will actually compose the tweets on his behalf. But they promise it will be his words and only his words.

A Sweet, Sweet Spirit

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Though I had visited him in the hospital last week, yesterday I felt a sense of urgency in saying goodbye to my old friend, Bishop Walter Sullivan. As I drove across Richmond to his home I reflected on the last time I had seen him.

Creating Calm Amid The Christmas Chaos

Mary DeTurris Poust | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
Mary DeTurris Poust

Chances are that right about now the Christmas season is getting the best of you. If you're experiencing any symptoms -- crankiness, stress and a definite lack of interior serenity -- there are some concrete things you can do to restore the calm.

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.

12 Reasons Why God Is Nice

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

I decided to consider the existence of a loving, omnipotent deity of my understanding Who was different than the Great Intimidator of Catholic upbringing. I listened carefully for the voice within me, which I believe is the God voice that is in all of us, for divine direction.

Radley Balko

Arrest Of Catholic Anti-War Protester Highlights Emergence, Tension With Church’s Progressive Side | Radley Balko | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

Anti-war activist Brian Terrell began serving a six-month sentence Friday at the federal prison camp in Yankton, South Dakota. Last April, Terrell and...