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The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

Bishop Feels 'Liberated' After Resigning Over Affair With Woman

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A 63-year-old Roman Catholic bishop who had an affair six years ago with a woman said he feels calm, liberated and relieved ...

The Irony of Religious Celibacy

Peggy Payne | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion
Peggy Payne

Poet John Donne famously recognized the similarity of sexual and religious ecstasy. Born Catholic, he became an Anglican priest and the Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, as well as a poet both bawdy and religious.

Catholic, Orthodox Bishops Push For More Married Priests

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Top Catholic and Orthodox church officials in North America are calling on the Vatican to let married men become priests in Eastern rit...

Pope Francis Opens Door Even Wider To Change On Priest Celibacy

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis directly addressed the issue of priest celibacy for the first time since his election as Pope while on his way back from a historic trip ...

Italian Women In Love Beg Pope Francis To End Priest Celibacy

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, May 19 (Reuters) - Twenty-six women who say they are in love with Roman Catholic priests have written to Pope Francis urging him to ma...

German Priest Seeks Release From Celibacy Vows, Citing 'Human Right To Partnership' In Letter To Pope Francis

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion

German priest Stefan Hartmann has sent a personal petition to Pope Francis asking him to waive his vow of celibacy, which he posted on his Facebook pa...

Pope Francis Addresses Issue Of Married Priests

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 04.25.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Pope Francis likes to say that he prefers to raise questions rather than issue edicts or change doctrine, and he has certainly generated plenty ...

900 Year Old Tradition Of Priestly Celibacy May Soon Be Over

Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion

For over 900 years Catholic priests have practiced celibacy; but now that may be changing. After Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigned over sexual misconduc...

Could Benedict XVI Be Machiavellian?

Georges Ugeux | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
Georges Ugeux

The way he got the pontificate illustrates that he is perfectly capable to have engineered a maneuver to ensure that the Catholic Church remains an entrenched conservative institution.

Legion Of Christ Rocked By Another Priest Scandal

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 07.16.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- The Legion of Christ religious order, still reeling from revelations that its late founder was a pedophile, admitted Wednesday that it...

Catholic Priest Admits To Being Secretly Married

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 05.02.2012 | Religion

Father Kevin Lee, a Catholic Priest who presided over Padre Pio parish in Sydney, Australia, admitted to being secretly married for a year, and says m...

Papal Critics

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 10.08.2011 | Religion
Christopher Brauchli

Father Bourgeois is a priest who is a member of the Maryknoll religious order. In 2008 he participated in the ordination of a woman conducted by a group known as the Roman Catholic Womenpriests.

'Culture Of Secrecy' Alive And Well In The Roman Catholic Church

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 12.16.2011 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

It cannot be a sin to question church leaders and the way they run day-to-day operations. Only religious extremists shy away from justified criticism of today's Church.

Paul Iby, Reformist Bishop, Pushes Vatican To End Celibacy Requirement For Priests

AP | VERONIKA OLEKSYN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

VIENNA — An Austrian bishop who has pushed the Vatican for reforms said in an interview published Wednesday that the Catholic church should drop...

It's Not About Celibacy: Blaming the Wrong Thing for the Sexual Abuse Crisis

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Celibacy does not cause pedophilia. But that hasn't stopped otherwise thoughtful pundits and commentators, and among them even some Catholics, from opining on celibacy as a cause of the crisis.

Sex And Incarnation

Elizabeth Cunningham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Elizabeth Cunningham

The ancient pagans may have been on to something. Sex is not just an act, it is a divine force that can be generative or destructive.

Celibacy Partly To Blame For Clerical Sex Abuse, Says Cardinal

timesonline.co.uk | Richard Owen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

A cardinal seen as a future candidate for the papacy has broken a Vatican taboo by raising the possibility that priestly celibacy is among the causes ...