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The Rise of the React-o-Cons

Sean McElwee | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Eventually reform conservatism will collapse upon the weight of its own contradictions. Vitriolic hatred of Obama is a weak attempt at coalition maintenance. The dirty fact is that very few policies can make all the parties of this increasingly fractious coalition happy.

How Hobby Lobby Killed Religious Liberty

Jon O'Brien | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is a disaster for women, and we can lay the blame squarely at the feet of the Obama administration.

Expansive Government Threatens Religious Liberty, the First Freedom

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Americans should be protected from interference with their faith as well as attempts by others to impose their beliefs. The institutions of government and church should be kept far apart, while the political realm is left open to arguments of all sorts, whether based on theism, humanism, or something else.

The Piketty Pontiff: How Pope Francis Is Bringing Catholicism Back to Its Anti-Inequality Roots

Sean McElwee | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The intellectual terrain that the Catholic Church now navigates is far different from now than it was even a few short years ago. Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the 21st Century" is on the top of Amazon's best-seller lists, and Francis is on his way to becoming one of the most popular popes in history.

Muslim Is the New Catholic

Khurram Dara | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Khurram Dara

Islamic terrorism is, undoubtedly, a serious threat. "Islamization" of our country by American Muslims, who make up less than 1 percent of the population, is not.

LOOK: Catholics In Latin America Pay Tribute To Christ

AP | Posted 04.19.2014 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Roman Catholics throughout Latin America and the Caribbean are paying tribute to Jesus Christ in Holy Week traditions that go bac...

Who Is a Catholic?

Martin Marty | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

"Who is Pope Francis?" was the understandable and constant question during this Pope's first year, now past. "Who is a Catholic?" is the understandable and urgent question in his second year, now begun.

House Republicans Meet With Catholics, Evangelicals On Immigration

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Catholic bishops and evangelical leaders have met with top House Republicans to argue for action this year on immigration legislat...

The Observance of Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

This coming Wednesday, March 5, is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Let's take a look at the historical emergence and spiritual significance of the Lenten season.

Rain Dance

Ben Daniel | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Ben Daniel

You may have heard that California is experiencing a devastating drought. Sure, we're using social media to share photos of ourselves cavorting on the beach in Santa Cruz, wearing swimsuits on Martin Luther King Jr''s birthday so that loved ones in, say Ohio, will hate us, but things are getting really serious.

God and Basketball at UConn

Dr. Anne Hendershott | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
Dr. Anne Hendershott

Catholics attending Mass last Sunday at St. Mary's Church in Milford, CT were so startled to read criticism of the popular basketball coach in their weekly bulletin. Few criticize Coach Auriemma -- especially not in a column from a pastor in a parish bulletin.

Reading the Bible As a Human Being

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

More than the commentaries, we learn from listening to each other. It is a fundamental understanding of the group that everyone has something to learn and something to teach. Truth is sought through dialogue.

Do We All Worship the Same God?

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

While no one can deny the stark differences that exist between the traditions, I would like to put greater focus on the similarities. We spend enough time differentiating ourselves from others, which only leads to factions.

Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore (Part Two)

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.29.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Instead of looking at those who've left the church and asking "What's wrong with them?" shouldn't we be looking at ourselves and asking, "What's wrong with us?"

Venezuelan Church Takes Stock in Post-Chavez Era

Joop Koopman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Joop Koopman

Archbishop Diego Rafael Padrón Sánchez heads the Archdiocese of Cumana and serves as president of the Venezuelan bishops' conference. Some six months after the death of strongman Hugo Chavez, the Church remains wary of the new government, wi hch promises but little change from the policies of its predecessor.

Is the Pope Right That the Catholic Church Should Focus Less on Gays and Abortion?

Quora | Posted 11.22.2013 | Religion
Quora

Francis seems determined to give the church some breathing room on sexual matters to focus on the gospel, and to imagine what the future may hold rather than how the past enslaves us.

The Military Chaplaincy Needs to Become More Diverse

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 10.16.2013 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

"Jason Heap's bid to become the nation's first humanist military chaplain brings all of these questions to the fore. How ought we to understand our military chaplaincies, in light of changes to our nation's religious make-up?"

10 Signs Displayed in the 2013 NYC Pride March That You Should Read and Remember

Murray Lipp | Posted 09.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Murray Lipp

Despite the fact that full LGBT equality has not yet been achieved, the trend towards achievement of that goal is definitely clear.

Letter to Pope Francis on Child Sex Abuse Scandals

Craig Considine | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

You have made us proud to be Catholic again. We love your warmth, your kindness. You have brought new life into our Church. But there is just this one thing, Pope Francis.

Ohio State President's Absurd Comments

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 07.30.2013 | College

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The president of Ohio State University said Notre Dame was never invited to join the Big Ten conference because the university'...

Good Friday Celebrations Are Very 'Real'

VOXXI | Tony Castro | Posted 03.29.2013 | Latino Voices

In Hispanic America, Good Friday commemorations of Jesus Christ’s passion and death leave little to the imagination. From El Salvador, a country ...

The Reluctant Irishman: F. Scott Fitzgerald and Me

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 05.14.2013 | Books
R. Clifton Spargo

This Saint Patrick's Day, on a holiday when everybody becomes Irish without worrying about the burdens, joys, and costs of being Irish in history, let's remember America's great Irish writer, Scott Fitzgerald.

The Conclave, the Cardinals, and the Child Sexual Abuse Crisis

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Deborah Jacobs

No surprise, transparency has no place in the conclave; all participants must take a pledge of secrecy. Indeed, how can we even expect transparency when many of the cardinal electors stand accused of the very behavior they claim to deplore?

How LGBT Families Are Expanding Christian Love

Joseph Ward III | Posted 04.19.2013 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

But what does it say about the conscience of church leadership when it does not support and uphold LGBT families?

Leaked Documents Reveal Vatican Torn Apart

The Washington Post | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion

Pope’s leaked papers show fractured Vatican: Pope Benedict XVI’s correspondence shows tales of betrayal and rivalries, allegations of corruption...