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Catholic Bishops Scrap Welcome To Gays

AP | Posted 10.19.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought...

To See the Holy See

Jordan Roth | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Jordan Roth

Just as the church asked if they are capable of welcoming us without compromising their doctrine on the family and matrimony, so too must we ask if we are capable of allowing them this opportunity for reflection and growth without compromising our own strength and knowledge that we are not flawed beings and that we do not require their affirmation to affirm ourselves.

You Can Now Get V.I.P. Access To The Sistine Chapel -- For A Price

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 10.16.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Despite worries about the impact of millions of tourists on Michelangelo’s precious frescoes, the Sistine Chapel is opening its d...

The Catholic Church and Contraception: Revolution...or Evolution?

Robert Walker | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

In all likelihood, the Vatican's position on contraception will evolve slowly, but if the Church suddenly shifts its position on birth control, it will be interesting to see how it would affect the ongoing legal challenges to federally mandated coverage of contraception by employers.

The Good and Bad of the Vatican's New LGBT Statement

Christian Piatt | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Until our LGBTQ sisters and brothers are afforded true equality across the board, and until we recognize that heterosexual privilege is real and should be used to liberate others from their marginalized positions, we're compelled to keep the drumbeat for justice going.

The Vatican's Unfinished Business -- Accepting Gays Is Great, But What About Condoms?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

No one can say with certainty how many Africans have been deterred from condom use and fallen victim to HIV. Given the church's size and influence in the region, and given the 30 million AIDS dead, the number cannot be small.

Catholics React To 'Revolutionary' Vatican Document

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion

A new document introduced at the Vatican's Synod on the Family on Monday signals shift in tone toward same-sex couples that some are calling "revoluti...

Dramatic Shift Towards Gays Proposed At Vatican

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - In a dramatic shift in tone, a Vatican document said on Monday that homosexuals had "gifts and qualities to offer" and asked if Catholicis...

Bishops Debate Where Doctrine Ends, Pastoral Practice Begins

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 10.10.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Senior Catholic leaders meeting at the Vatican are deep into passionate debates about how the church can respond to the realities of modern fami...

Synod On The Family Opens Door To Changes For Divorcees, Not So Much For Gay Marriage

Huffington Post Italy | Giulia Belardelli | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family opened today by Pope Francis at the Vatican could bring about important changes regarding the church’s positio...

Another Bishop Is Under Vatican Investigation

AP | Rachel Zoll | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

The Vatican is investigating Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri, two years after he was convicted of failing to report suspected abuse. Fi...

Pope Francis, Benedict Celebrate Mass For The Elderly

AP | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has hailed the value of the elderly, including his predecessor Benedict XVI, who joined him at a ceremony in St. Pe...

LOOK: Pope Francis Jumps Up To Catch A Baseball

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion

It is nice to see that even at the age of 77, with one of the most demanding jobs out there, Pope Francis is still in touch with his playful side. ...

Former Archbishop Accused Of Sex Abuses Put Under House Arrest

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - The Vatican on Tuesday arrested a former archbishop accused of paying for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominic...

Pope Francis Slams Extremists Who 'Pervert Religion'

Reuters | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion

* Francis makes first papal trip to Albania in 21 years * Muslim Albania hailed as model of religious harmony * Albanian...

Guess How Much Pope Francis' Skull Cap Goes For On Ebay (No, It's More)

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion

It’s a good thing this pope wears more than one hat. Pope Francis’ white skullcap is selling for more than 80,000 euros (roughly $100,000) on ...

Vatican Car Used To Smuggle Drugs

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.18.2014 | Religion

Two Italians were arrested on Tuesday after French police found cocaine and cannabis in the Vatican librarian's car. The car belonged to retired 9...

Iraq Ambassador: Pope Francis May Face ISIS Threat On Upcoming Trip

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis may be at risk of an assassination attempt by Islamic State militants during his visit to Albania this weekend, according to Iraq's ambas...

Pope Francis To Celebrate Mass In Honor Of The Elderly

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a speci...

Vatican Isn't Taking Extra Security Precautions For Pope Trip

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican says it's not taking any extra security measures to protect Pope Francis during his weekend trip to majority Muslim Al...

Pope Francis Marries 20 Couples, Including Some 'Living In Sin'

AP | FRANCES DEMILIO | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Forty "I do's" — or "Si" in Italian — were pronounced in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, wit...

Vatican Cricket Team May Need Some Divine Intervention

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A recently formed cricket team from the Vatican may need some divine intervention as it gets ready to take on more experienc...

Filipinos Urged To 'Take A Selfie With The Pontiff'

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion

MANILA, Philippines - In Asia's bastion of Roman Catholic faith, images of Pope Francis are getting the K-pop treatment. Life-size cardboard cutout...

Paralyzed Man Risks All To See Pope Francis

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion

A disabled Italian man has rarely seen the streets outside his home in the almost 20 years that he's been paralyzed. On Wednesday, 42-year-old Sal...

Saving Christianity in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Luay Al Khatteeb

The White House warned last week that the situation in Iraq risks becoming a "humanitarian catastrophe." The dilemma of persecuted minorities in the region must now surely override any debate over using military power to defeat ISIL.