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Pope Kicks Off Reform Mission in Meeting with Vatican Department Heads
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 12:00pm | 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 - 8:50am | 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 - 3:19pm | 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 - 1:55pm | 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 - 8:20am | 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 - 12:59pm | 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 - 12:49pm | 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 - 5:25pm | 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 ...

Reformist Priest Sees Potential Ally in Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

An Austrian priest who’s been banned from speaking at Roman Catholic churches during his three-week U.S. tour said Pope Francis could be an ally in reforming the Catholic Church, but said it will take more tha ...

Donations Recover at Controversial Catholic Charity
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

Fundraising for the flagship anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic bishops is slowly recovering after being battered by the recession and sharp attacks on its mission. Fundrai ...

'Here is the Steeple:' Church Leaders Take on Sexual Violence Within Their Walls
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

A movement of lay advocates speaking out against sexual violence is gaining steam in the faith communities. But are similar efforts happening inside church doors? A movement of la ...

Activists Rally to Bury the Bodies from Gosnell Abortion Trial
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

Now that the trial for abortion provider Kermit Gosnell has ended with a conviction, many are asking what public officials in Philadelphia plan to do with the 47 bodies from the case. ...

Breaking the Silence: The Growing Faith Movement to End Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

This is the beautiful side of breaking the silence. And as more advocates plant signposts in the church’s swamp of sexual violence, the muddiest waters are beginning to recede. ...

Does Pope Francis Endorse Heresy? No, But He Does Raise Questions
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Is Pope Francis endorsing heresy? It might look that way from the eye-catching headlines this week that made it appear everyone was bound for heaven — “even atheists!” — thanks to Jesus’ death on the cross. ...

Pope Francis on Celibacy, Feminism, and More in Two New Books
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Two new books offer further insights into the heart and mind of the former Jorge Bergoglio through his own words. In his two months as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Cat ...

Can Gay Catholics Find a Home in the Catholic Church?
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

As Americans — and American Catholics — grow increasingly accepting of homosexuality, and as foes of gay rights grow increasingly determined, conflict at the parish level seems inevitable. ...

Survey Shows Catholic Priests Don’t Like Mass Changes
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 7:04am | Type: Blog

A poll, conducted by researchers at St. John’s University School of Theology-Seminary in Collegeville, Minn., showed that almost 60 percent of priests surveyed did not like the new Roman Missal, as the liturgi ...

10 Myths of Abuse in the Church
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

As a mental health professional, I have observed that many myths of sexual abuse continue to stand in the way of love and healing for survivors of abuse and the community of faith. ...

Church Whistle-Blowers Join Forces on Abuse
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

Priests and nuns have quietly banded together to support victims and speak out against protection of sexual predators in the Roman Catholic Church. A group of priests and nuns, ...

‘What Is Going On with Men?’ TEDx Speaker Urges Fellow Men to Speak Out Against Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

Who is missing from the slew of headlines this week on kidnappings, gender-based violence, and victims' paths to healing? The perpetrators themselves — which is why this TEDx video is a must-see. ...

Catholic Church in Honduras Initiates Gang Truce
Originally Posted: 05/03/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

The Catholic Church in Honduras is reaching out to both criminal gangs and the government to negotiate a truce. The Catholic Church in Honduras is reaching out to both criminal ga ...

‘Nuns on the Bus’ Will Hit the Road for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

The “Nuns on the Bus” are revving up their engines for another national campaign, only this time the Catholic sisters are taking their mobile platform for social justice along the country’s Southern border to ...

Former Pope Benedict XVI to Return to the Vatican on Thursday
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

More than two months after his resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will return to the Vatican on Thursday to live in a small convent that has been recently renovated for his needs. ...

N.J. Catholics Outraged Over Accused Priest’s Access to Children
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Amid calls for a Vatican investigation, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers is facing fierce criticism for his handling of a priest who attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors in defiance of a co ...

Will Former Palin Adviser Help or Hurt Bishops’ Media Woes?
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

A former adviser to Sarah Palin and an attorney with a long record of advocating conservative causes, will become the first spokeswoman for the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the USCCB a ...

Old-School Confessional Revives Saying ‘I’m Sorry’
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

Confessions among American Catholics have been on the decline for decades, a trend many theologians attribute to changes introduced by the modernizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). ...

The Church Defends Amazon Environment, Threatened by Market Interests
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 8:56am | Type: Blog

The Church of 12 Latin American countries met in Ecuador to discuss environmental issues in Amazonia. The Ecclesial Network for the Amazon, a Catholic church network representing ...

John Paul II, Oscar Romero, and the Politics of Making Saints
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 8:45am | Type: Blog

The news that Pope Francis, just six weeks on the job, has cleared the way for the long-stalled canonization of martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero is a stunner that sends another important signal abou ...

Pope Francis Redirects Employee Bonuses to Charity
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

Vatican employees won’t receive the special bonus they are traditionally awarded when a new pope is elected, the Vatican confirmed on Thursday, under orders from Pope Francis to give extra money to charity ins ...

'Pacem in Terris' — 50 Years Later
Originally Posted: 04/11/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

On April 11, 1963 Pope John XXIII published an encyclical some initially dismissed as naive and myopic, as too liberal and too lofty. But today, his "Pacem in Terris" is generally lauded as genius an ...

Meet the ‘Catholic NRA’
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

Among the Catholic faithful, not everyone supports gun control measures. Call them the NRA Catholics. As the Senate takes up a heated debate over gun control and background checks ...

Vatican Gets Behind Adult Stem Cell Research
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

Wading into one of the most controversial fields of modern medicine, the Vatican is pushing adult stem cell research as ethical and scientifically more promising than embryonic stem cell research. ...

Pope Francis and a New Vision of Catholic Reform
Originally Posted: 04/08/2013 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

From the very first moment of his unexpected election as Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has embraced a series of small departures from established tradition. ...

Can Pope Francis Really Reform the Vatican?
Originally Posted: 04/08/2013 - 8:56am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has won widespread acclaim thus far in his nascent papacy with popular gestures like washing the feet of juveniles during Holy Week and refusing many papal perks. But now comes the hard part of hi ...

Pope Francis Says Women Play a ‘Fundamental’ Role Within the Church
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Wednesday said women play a “fundamental role” in the Catholic Church as those who are mostly responsible for passing on the faith from one generation to the next. ...

ANALYSIS: Are Catholics Shifting Tone Or Substance On Gay Issues?
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

When New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan told national news programs on Easter Sunday that Catholic leaders need to do a better job of showing that their opposition to gay marriage is not “an attack on gay people, ...

State Attorneys General Push Obama on Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

A group of attorneys general believes any employer who says he or she objects to contraception should not have to provide contraceptive coverage. COLUMBUS, Ohio — Thirteen state a ...

New Testing Dates Shroud of Turin to Era of Christ
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

New scientific tests on the Shroud of Turin, which went on display Saturday in a special TV appearance introduced by the pope, date the cloth to ancient times, challenging earlier experiments that dated it onl ...

Vatican Defends Pope Francis’ Washing of Women’s Feet
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican on Friday dismissed criticism of Pope Francis’ decision to wash the feet of two women during a Maundy Thursday Mass at a Rome youth prison. The Vatican on Friday dis ...

Cardinal Dolan: Catholic Church Could Do Better on Gay Outreach
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the top U.S. Catholic prelate, says the Roman Catholic Church has to make sure that its defense of traditional marriage is not reduced to an attack on gays and lesbians. ...

Boston College, ACLU Clash Over Condom Giveaway
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

An effort by Boston College administrators to shut down a student-run program to distribute condoms and provide information on safe sex could end up in court, according to Boston media outlets. ...

Pope Francis Calls on Catholics to Leave Their Comfort Zone
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

In his first general audience since his election to the papacy, Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Catholics to leave their comfort zone to search for “lost sheep.” In his first g ...

Honest Questions About the Argentine Pope
Originally Posted: 03/20/2013 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

Even as a non-Catholic, I was filled with hope when an Argentine cardinal said to be passionate about serving the poor stepped onto the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square as Pope Francis. ...

Transcript: Pope Francis' Inaugural Mass Homily
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Pope Francis delivered the following homily at his inaugural Mass on Tuesday, emphasizing the need to protect the poor and the environment. Editor's No ...

Whoever church chooses as pope, his voice matters, say non-Catholics
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 12:53pm | Type: Press

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'Rebuild My Church'
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 1:35pm | Type: Press

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Pope Francis and the Long Shadow of Argentina’s 'Dirty War'
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

As life in communist Poland propelled Pope John Paul II’s crusade against the Soviets and coming of age in Nazi Germany shaped Pope Benedict XVI, Argentina’s Dirty War posed deep, existential questions for the ...

An 'Unsettling:' Non-Catholics and Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

On Wednesday, the white smoke got in my eyes, and rather than confusing my sight, it’s made things a little clearer. When I heard about the white smoke on Wednesday, I wrote on my ...

'Rebuild My Church'
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Will simplicity and social justice become the witness of the Roman Catholic Church around the world — and will it emanate from the first pope from the Global South, which is clearly the growing future of the c ...

Bergoglio: A Pope of Paradox for a Church in Transition
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 8:24pm | Type: Blog

What, in fact, does the election of Francis say about the Catholic Church at this point in its history? VATICAN CITY — A hierarchy looking to make a clear statement about where th ...