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Will the Catholic Church Change Its Stand on Marriage and Divorce?
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis made headlines this week when he officiated at the weddings of 20 couples, including some who had been living together and a woman who has a daughter from a previous relationship. ...

Is James Foley a Martyr?
Originally Posted: 08/28/2014 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

From the moment news broke that U.S. journalist James Foley had been beheaded by Islamic State extremists in the Middle East, many Christians, especially Foley’s fellow Catholics, began calling him a martyr, w ...

SNAP's Clergy Abuse Victims Mark 25 Years and Eye New Targets
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

When victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests first organized into a small band of volunteer activists in the late 1980s, reports of clergy molesting children were still new and relatively few. Most were mi ...

Southern Baptist and Catholic Leaders Tour Texas Facilities for Migrant Children
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

Today leaders from the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention will join the Catholic Bishop of Brownsville in Texas to visit ...

In 'The Devilers' Comic Book, Exorcists Convene to Stop Hell from Breaking Loose
Originally Posted: 07/17/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

There’s never a better time for a bunch of holy avengers than when all hell actually breaks loose. There’s never a better time for a bunch of holy avengers than when all hell actu ...

Report: Minnesota Archbishop Nienstedt Under Scrutiny for Same-sex Relationships
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

A Roman Catholic archbishop in Minnesota who had been one of the hierarchy’s most vocal opponents of gay rights is the target of an investigation into allegations that he had a series of sexual relationships w ...

Why I Stay in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle A testament of irrational fath and quiet, gracious miracles. A QUESTION ASKED of me 100 times in ...

More U.S. Latinos Shift and Drift Outside the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

A new report on the “Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos” reads very much like a biography of Fernando Alcantar. A new report on the “Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos” re ...

Are Married Priests Next on Pope Francis' Reform Agenda?
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis likes to say that he prefers to raise questions rather than issue edicts or change doctrine, and he has certainly generated plenty of debate with his off-the-cuff remarks about gays and his cold-c ...

What's It Like to Have Pope Francis as Your Boss? Depends Where You Work
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

So what’s it like to come to work every day when your boss is the pope? So what’s it like to come to work every day when your boss is the pope? At the one-year mark of Pope Fra ...

Cardinal Dolan: Pope Francis Opened Door to Gay Civil Unions Debate
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Sunday that Pope Francis is asking the Catholic Church to look at the possibility of recognizing civil unions for gay couples, although the archbishop of New York said that he would ...

Pope Francis' Plan for Reform: Convert the Church
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

As Pope Francis approaches the one-year mark of his papacy, his global flock and a fascinated public are starting to measure the changes he is making against the sky-high hopes for transforming an institution ...

Cardinals Gather in Rome as Debates on Church Reform Heat Up
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

High-level debates over Catholic teachings on marriage and divorce and other hot-button issues heated up on Wednesday as a highly anticipated effort to overhaul the Vatican bureaucracy slogged through the devi ...

Yes, the Pope Is Still Catholic, Despite What You Heard
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

No doubt about it, Pope Francis is generating the kind of Internet buzz and sky-high Q Scores that brand managers can only dream of. But is the pontiff becoming a victim of his own good press? ...

Pope Francis Directs Curia to Hear Confessions
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

As part of Pope Francis’ pastoral reforms, all 44 senior members of the Roman Curia, or governing body, must take turns hearing confession at a church near the Vatican. As part of ...

Pope Francis’ Vatican Reforms May Prompt Curial Pushback
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

In private conversations, Pope Francis often acknowledges that reforming the Vatican will be a difficult task opposed by powerful interests in the church. Developments on Monday showed both the progress he has ...

Famed Architect Santiago Calatrava Catches Vatican’s Eye
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 5:45pm | Type: Blog

At the heart of the Vatican’s new “Metamorphosis of Space” exhibit featuring the works of Spanish architect and artist Santiago Calatrava is the first-ever public display for the model of New York’s St. Nichol ...

Pope Francis Launches Commission to Tackle Sex Abuse
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is creating a special commission to deal with the clergy sexual abuse crisis on a global scale, a step that comes amid growing criticism that Francis had not given sufficient attention to the scan ...

Pope Francis Lays Out a Blueprint for His Papacy in 'Evangelii Gaudium'
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

Laying out a blueprint for the issues that are likely to define his papacy, Pope Francis on Tuesday issued a biting critique of capitalism, calling on world leaders to fight against poverty and for the rich to ...

Rise in Italian Catholic Church Attendance Attributed to "Francis Effect"
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 5:15pm | Type: Blog

There’s word Roman Catholic Church attendance is climbing throughout Italy. Blame it on “the Francis effect.” First, the name  “Francesco” leapfrogged to No. 1  on the list of t ...

As Catholic Bishops Meet, the 'Francis Effect' Changes Everything
Originally Posted: 11/06/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather on Monday for their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, one of their chief duties will be choosing a new slate of leaders to guide the American hierarchy for the next th ...

Vatican: Female Cardinals Aren't 'Even Remotely Realistic'
Originally Posted: 11/04/2013 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican on Monday moved to quash speculation that at least two women would be among the cardinals that Pope Francis will name in February, saying such a move was “not a realistic possibility.” ...

WATCH: Boy Won't Leave Pope Francis' Side
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

At a speech in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis was joined on stage by an incredibly cute young boy. At a speech in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis was joined on stage ...

Pope Francis Breathes New Life into Cardinal Bernardin’s Contested Legacy
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

The election of Pope Francis in March heralded a season of surprises for the Catholic Church, but perhaps none so unexpected – and unsettling for conservatives – as the re-emergence of the late Chicago Cardina ...

Baptism Rates Slide Despite High-Profile Boosts
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

The rite of baptism got big press as Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby christened Prince George, a future king of England on Wednesday. The rite of baptism got big press as Ar ...

The Pope Francis Effect: ‘Francesco’ Now Italy’s Most Popular Baby Name
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

Moved by the election of Pope Francis seven months ago, the name “Francesco” has leapfrogged to No. 1 on the list of the most popular baby names in Italy, according to a study. Mo ...

Could Pope Francis Make Women Cardinals? A Pipe Dream, and an Opening
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Could a woman vote for the next pope? Could a woman vote for the next pope? Pope Francis has said repeatedly that he wants to see greater roles for women in the Catholic Church ...

Can Online Communion Be a Substitute for the Real Thing?
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

As online worship becomes more common in some churches, leaders within the United Methodist Church are debating whether the denomination should condone online Communion. As online ...

Following in the Footsteps of Francis
Originally Posted: 10/04/2013 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

Eager to deepen my understanding of the saint, I had returned to Assisi to walk in the footsteps of St. Francis. Ancient stones, steep stairs, and sparkling fresh air greeted me ...

Pope Francis Holds ‘Encouraging’ Reform Talks with Cardinals
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

The special committee of eight cardinals created by Pope Francis with the goal of dramatically reforming the Vatican’s governance got off to an “encouraging” start, the Vatican’s chief spokesman said Wednesday ...

Pope Francis Fires Warning Shot at Church’s ‘Top-Down’ Bureaucracy
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has once again given a startlingly candid interview that reinforces his vision of a Catholic Church that engages the world and helps the poor rather than pursuing culture wars, and one “that is no ...

Pope Francis Tells the Poor: ‘Don’t Let Yourselves Be Robbed of Hope’
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis criticized what he called the “idolatry of money” on Sunday in a trip to one of the poorest regions of the European Union. Pope Francis criticized what he called the ...

5 Things We Learned About Pope Francis From His Blockbuster Interview
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis’ comments this week on everything from gays to abortion (less talk, more mercy), the hierarchy (be pastors, not bureaucrats), and religious faith (doubt is part of belief) continue to reverberate ...

The Man I Didn't Want to Love
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis offered an avalanche of Love, a deluge of Compassion, a flight of Hope. What I found most striking as I read the article was the consistency of his theme, no matter how far-ranging the topic. It w ...

Your Christian Hypocrisy Is Showing: On Pope Francis and the U.S. Congress
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

The message of Christ is not often so clearly presented in American media as it was yesterday, nor is that message as clearly contradicted in the same news cycle. The message of C ...

Pope Francis Stuns the Church — But Will It Have a Lasting Effect?
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday rocked the Catholic Church and surprised the wider world with a free-ranging interview that charted a course away from an institution that’s “obsessed” with a few sexual and moral issu ...

Talking Sex with a Married Catholic Priest
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

It’s not every day you meet a practicing priest in the Catholic Church who is married, so when I got in touch with Fr. Dwight Longenecker (a man who meets the above criteria), I took the opportunity to get his ...

6 Reasons I Have a Major Crush on Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 5:32pm | Type: Blog

When I see him smiling on TV or on the cover of a magazine in the checkout line at the grocery store, I get the warm fuzzies. When I see him smiling on TV or on the cover of a mag ...

Pope Francis’ Outreach to Atheists Not as Controversial as it Seems
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis’ friendly letter to atheists, published this week by Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper, has been cheered by Catholics who welcomed another sign of the pontiff’s new openness to the world beyond the ...

Excommunicated Bishop Still Sees Himself as Roman Catholic
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

Excommunicated Zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who advocates for married priests within the Roman Catholic Church, said he has not split from Rome though many of the priests he ordained no longer see them ...

Syrian Debate Highlights Division in 'Just War' Doctrine
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

Even as the world’s powers grasped for a last-minute resolution to the crisis in Syria, it remained an open question whether any amount of diplomacy could prevent the conflict from claiming at least one more v ...

Pope Francis Tells Atheists to ‘Obey Their Conscience’
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

Once again breaking with traditional Vatican protocol, Pope Francis on Wednesday penned a long letter to the Italian liberal daily La Repubblica to affirm that an “open dialogue free of prejudices” between Chr ...

Pope Kicks Off Reform Mission in Meeting with Vatican Department Heads
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis met for three hours with the heads of all Vatican departments on Tuesday, Sept. 10, signaling his desire to introduce more collaboration and transparency in the traditionally secretive and top-hea ...

Pope Francis Celebrates Mass with Wafers Made by Argentine Inmate
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

Since mid-July, Pope Francis has been using Communion wafers made by an Argentine prisoner in the daily Mass he celebrates at the Vatican’s Santa Marta residence. VATICAN CITY — S ...

Immigrants Are Us
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

More than any other organized religion in the United States, the Catholic Church is an immigrant church that has grown with the nation, welcoming successive generations of immigrants who have helped build our ...

Catholic Gift Stores See a (Papal) Bull Market
Originally Posted: 08/12/2013 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

In recent decades, evangelical Protestants have dominated the art of religious retailing, building a national network of bookstores and stamping the Christian message on almost any item that an American consum ...

Pope Francis is Unsettling — and Dividing — the Catholic Right
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

On a few short months, Pope Francis has alienated many on the Catholic right by refusing to play favorites and ignoring their preferred agenda items even as he stressed the kind of social justice issues that a ...

Pope Pens Personal Message to Muslims at Ramadan’s End
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

In message published on Friday, Pope Francis took the rare step of personally expressing his “esteem and friendship” to the world’s Muslims as they prepare to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fast. ...

Pope Francis on Gays Reveals a House Divided
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

I continue to be impressed and pleased by the direction this pope seems to be taking. And the very fact that he has broken rank with the traditional Catholic teaching about homosexuality is, within his own par ...

Did Pope Francis Change Church Teaching on Homosexuality?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 6:25pm | Type: Blog

Blogs and social media immediately exploded with commentary that either hailed — or lamented — the pope’s words as a shift in Catholic teaching on the role of gays and lesbians in the church. But did Pope Fran ...