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Pope Francis and the Catholic Crisis

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

It is fair to describe Pope Francis's summons as a call to Christian adulthood, but not in some superficial or trite sense. Rather he expects all Catholics to show a spirit of leadership, independence, and good judgment.

The Feinstein Torture Report

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We can't pretend it wasn't torture anymore, because the facts weren't swept under a historical rug this time.

My Favorite Songs and Records of 2014

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 12.09.2014 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

A great single may emerge from a less-than-stellar pop album or a record you loved at the beginning of the year my fade in wake of stronger alternatives, but your favorite song or two remain at the forefront of your mind.

'Is It Time To Separate Church And State Marriages?'

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion

(RNS) What’s the surest way conservative pastors can avoid any government mandate to perform same-sex marriages? According to one prominent religiou...

Pope Francis Canonized Six New Saints This Weekend

The Associated Press | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis canonized six new saints Sunday, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony i...

Grim Cancer Diagnosis Couldn't Stop This Man From Fulfilling His Childhood Dream Of Becoming A Priest

Catholic News Service | Rick Musacchio | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion

SAN ANTONIO (CNS) -- As William Carmona lay gravely ill in a San Antonio hospital bed, he repeatedly questioned his classmates from nearby Assumption ...

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.

On June 2, 2014 at Black Cat, Something Special Happened

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 08.04.2014 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

With the organized chaos of a controlled experiment, Priests precisely executed a set for the ages. Borrowing from moments from each part of their short career, the band ignited the crowd in joy and frenzy.

Leading Off: Parshat Emor

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

What does the word antelapsarian mean? And what does it have to do with Kohanim (priests)?

Priests Cycle 450 Miles For Charity

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion

Three intrepid priests from St Michael’s College in Cardiff, Wales completed a 450-mile, 8-day cycling trip on Tuesday, traveling throughout the cou...

Death Defying Father Mike Tells of Hell Rider Days

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion
Michael Sean Comerford

Freak Show owner Chris Christ, left, and Father Michael Juran talk at the IISA Trade Show last month. This video is brought to you by HoldtheMayoMe...

Jesus Hated Women -- Right?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The Jesus story is still out of sync with the way we treat females. Rather, we're still out of sync with Jesus. Women are still abused, raped, killed, marginalized, belittled and insulted.

The Ultimate Wedding Day Battle: Priest vs. Photographer

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

If it's true that we put our money where our mouth is, then for many American couples, weddings aren't about the spirituality. In other words, the priority of our society -- when it comes to weddings, at least -- is on the material things, not the spiritual ones.

What's New in the City of the Gods

Judith Fein | Posted 10.23.2013 | Travel
Judith Fein

People who visit Teotihuacan, outside of Mexico City, for the first time, often wonder if it was built by aliens. How else could humans who had nothing but stone tools construct a city like this?

Another Take on Millennials and Vocations

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

While it is true that the numbers of those entering religious life or diocesan formation does not rival the numbers of those entering fields of accounting, medicine, or law, that some Millennials are choosing to respond to "a call" to religious life is hardly defiance of projected clichés.

WATCH: Catholic Priest: Why I Came Out Of The Closet

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.23.2013 | Religion

Fr. Gary M. Meier, the formerly anonymous author of the book "Hidden Voices, Reflections of a Gay, Catholic Priest," discussed his decision to come ou...

Jesus, The New York Review Of Books And Mass

Donna Schaper | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Donna Schaper

I read something about transubstantiation, and it got me to thinking. In fact, I can't stop thinking about it.

Time For Vatican III?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion
Chris Weigant

Perhaps it is time for the Third Vatican Council. Because Vatican III is going to be the only way sweeping change will ever take place within the Catholic Church.

Conclaves, Pheromones and the Pure Religion

Marie Woolf | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Marie Woolf

A whole past of faith and of beauty emerges in front of our eyes thanks to watercolours brushed by a hand of an artist, responsible for love.

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...

Conclave Considerations

Patricia McGuire | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Patricia McGuire

A bad choice could set back the cause of the Church's renewal even more. A mediocre choice will only ensure that the Church continues to wallow in the current woes. A truly wise, visionary choice will lead the transformation of the Church to ensure its vitality for generations to come.

Priest ‘Playing’ With Handcuffs Gets Stuck, Calls 911 For Help

Posted 01.04.2013 | Religion

A Catholic priest in Illinois has reportedly taken a leave of absence after he called 911 to seek help getting out of a pair of handcuffs. “I’m...

Meet Boston's Transgender Priest Turned University Chaplain

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

“I seemed to need to pass through a certain kind of fear before I could embrace a fuller vocation to contribute to conversations on trans and wider ...

Breaking the Silence: The Media and Male Sexual Abuse

Vivian Norris | Posted 10.24.2012 | Media
Vivian Norris

During the past few years we have finally been hearing more about an epidemic of sexual abuse of children , and thankfully, a few prosecutions. The pe...

Letter To A Young Bride After 43 Years Of Marriage

Martha Lyles | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Martha Lyles

Marriage isn't as easy as it sounds today, with the clicking photographer and clinking champagne glasses. But it's also much richer. You're just beginning to grasp what true romance looks and feels like