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Vatican Intrigue Is Age-Old Part of Papal Politics
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Vatican experts say if you think the world’s largest nongovernmental institution is in unprecedented chaos right now, think again. The Vatican appears rocked by scandalous rumors ...

What Pope Benedict XVI Shares With His Notorious Namesake
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

You won’t find many Catholic churches named after Pope Benedict IX. You won’t find many Catholic churches named after Pope Benedict IX. Benedict IX squandered the papacy’s ...

Sorry To Burst Your Bubble
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 7:40am | Type: Blog

The bubble I see bursting is establishment Christianity in America. It is bursting ever so slowly, even as millions of people still find life, meaning, safety, and structure inside. ...

Venting and Vetting: The Brutal Side of Papal Politics
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

From champion of married priests to disgraced churchman within 72 hours, O’Brien’s trajectory is stunning but also emblematic of the frenetic and fever-pitched campaigning that occurs during the tiny window be ...

Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien Resigns After Sex Accusations
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Scotland resigned on Monday in the wake of explosive charges that he had made “inappropriate” sexual advances to four men, three of them priests, and one now a former seminarian, star ...

Vatican Mulling Changes to Election of New Pope
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican on Wednesday confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI is considering changes to church law regulating the election of a new pope, but stopped short of saying whether voting could start earlier than current ...

Who Runs the Vatican After the Pope Steps Down?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

As of 8 p.m. on Feb. 28, Pope Benedict XVI will no longer be pope and the Vatican will go into “sede vacante” mode — a Latin expression that means that the seat of St. Peter is vacant. So who’s in charge until ...

Why the Next Pope Should Come from the Global South
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

As the 117 Roman Catholic cardinals walk into the Sistine Chapel next month for the election of a new pope, one hopes that they fully recognize the unfolding, dramatic pilgrimage of world Christianity: The dem ...

Why the Next Pope Should Be a Poor Woman of Color
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

Who better to embody the Christ-like compassionate suffering alongside the poor than one who knows the experience first-hand? For the first time in six centuries, the head of the ...

Pope Benedict’s American Fan Club Full of Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

Not all Catholics appreciated Pope Benedict XVI’s staunch defense of Christian orthodoxy, traditional marriage, and life from conception to natural death. But American evangelicals sure did. ...

An American Pope?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s extraordinary visibility and popularity are being cited as factors that could make him the first American with a realistic shot at being elected pope when the College of Cardinals gath ...

How the Traditional Pope Benedict Is Redefining the Papacy
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

Yet with the stunning announcement that he is resigning as the 264th successor to Saint Peter, Benedict may wind up fundamentally changing the way the church and the world view the papacy. ...

Who’s in the Running for Pope? 12 Names to Watch
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

What will happen when the world’s cardinals gather before the splendor of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment fresco in the Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope? Who are the “papabile,” as the Italians say, the “pope-a ...

What Happens When the 'See of Peter' is Vacant?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

If you live in the post-Modern, post-Christendom uber-hip world, you might not understand the full weight of this morning's announcement. A pope hasn't "resigned" in 600 years. ...

Vatican: 'We Should Have a New Pope by Easter'
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said preparations for the conclave that will elect Benedict’s successor are in the early stages. A papal election could be expected “within 10 to 15 days,” he said. “We ...

Pope Benedict XVI Announces Resignation
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI announced today he will step down on Feb. 28, citing his advanced age. Pope Benedict XVI announced today he will step down on Feb. 28, citing his advanced age. T ...

Baby Boomer Nuns Help Revolutionize Health Care
Originally Posted: 01/02/2013 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

Since Vatican II American Nuns have worked to fill in the gaps of the American health care system. A new documentary chronicles how these nuns changed the Catholic Church's social justice movement. ...

On Sistine Chapel’s 500th, Foot Traffic Remains a Threat
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

As Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance masterpiece, the Vatican said the growing number of tourists who visit the historic site every year might eventually lead t ...

Breakaway Group Offers More Progressive Form of Catholicism
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

While the sacraments and many fundamental beliefs remain identical to those of Roman Catholicism, the ANCC presents a more progressive version of Catholicism: divorced members can take Communion, women and gay ...

50 Years After Vatican II, Should Pope John XXIII Be a Saint?
Originally Posted: 10/05/2012 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

Fifty years after Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council that revolutionized the Catholic Church, will the jolly man known as the "Good Pope" be declared a saint of the Roman Catholic Ch ...

Vatican Lifts Suspension of Priest who Altered Prayers at Mass
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

An Illinois priest who was forced out of his parish by his bishop for improvising prayers during Mass has had his suspension reversed by the Vatican. An Illinois priest who was fo ...

Father Benedict Groeschel Leaves Catholic Cable Show After Abuse Remarks
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Benedict Groeschel, a well-known Catholic author and television personality, has given up his longtime spot on the conservative cable network EWTN following comments in which he appeared to defend cle ...

Catholic Bishop Says Church’s Credibility on Sexual Abuse Is ‘Shredded’
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. Catholic bishops' point man on sexual abuse has said that the hierarchy's credibility on fixing the problem is "shredded" and that the situation is comparable to the Reformation, w ...

Rev. Benedict Groeschel Apologizes for Sex Abuse Comments
Originally Posted: 08/31/2012 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Benedict Groeschel, whose comments defending priests who sexually abuse children sparked a firestorm of controversy, on Thursday evening apologized for the remarks. NEW Y ...

Roman Catholic Church in Scotland Campaigns to Stop Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 6:47am | Type: Blog

The Roman Catholic Church has sent a letter to its parishes across Scotland protesting a political race to legalize same-sex marriage. The letter was read Sunday (Aug. 26) by priests in 500 Catholic parishes u ...

Indian Churches Try to Broker Peace in Assam
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 9:16am | Type: Blog

Christian churches call for nonviolence in northeast India. Interethnic violence has flashed through India during the conclusion of the Muslim holy season of Ramadan during whic ...

Does the Contraception Mandate Really Kill Religious Freedom?
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

The Obama administration’s policy requiring most employers to provide free birth control coverage in their health insurance policies takes effect on Aug. 1 — a deadline that has sparked apocalyptic warnings fr ...

Monsignor William Lynn Sentenced to 3-6 Years for Catholic Sex Abuse Cover-Up
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

Monsignor William J. Lynn, the first U.S. Catholic official convicted for covering up the sexual abuse of children, was sentenced to 3-6 years in prison on Tuesday. Monsignor Will ...

Amid Political Battle, Catholic Bishops Promote Natural Family Planning
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 8:36am | Type: Blog

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, then, may provide a window into a church teaching that is helping to drive the most serious standoff between the church and the federal government in decades. ...

Top Church Historian Diarmaid MacCulloch Sees Catholic Schism Ahead
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 7:42am | Type: Blog

Influential church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch said he believes Christianity faces a bright future, but predicted the Roman Catholic Church will undergo a major schism over its moral and social teaching. ...

Late Jesuit and Ex-Congressman Robert Drinan Accused of Attempted Sex Assault
Originally Posted: 06/25/2012 - 8:22am | Type: Blog

A popular online advice columnist has said that the late Rev. Robert Drinan, a famed Jesuit priest and onetime Democratic congressman from Massachusetts, tried to kiss and fondle her in the 1970s when she was 18 or 19 years old. Emily Yoffe, who writ ...

Religious Groups Vie for Internet Space in Domain Name Grab
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

Religious groups have long vied for prime parcels of land, planting churches on town squares and monasteries amid isolated mountains. But now they’re targeting real estate in a less tangible sphere: cyberspace ...

The Fallacy of Statements of Faith
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 9:10am | Type: Blog

I appreciate that some folks want to be very explicit and clear about what they believe. ... But personally, I think the whole “sign the statement of faith” thing is more or less pointless. ...

Catholic University vs. Catholic Social Teaching on Unions
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Duquesne University says it's too Catholic for adjunct faculty to unionize, but the Catholic Church has called unions an "indispensible element of social life." ...

Mad Men, Catholics and a 'Moral Revolution'
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 1:25pm | Type: Blog

Though today’s gender roles are hardly perfect, Mad Men does help point out how much progress has been made in a couple of generations. But it also serves to point out how out of step the Catholic Church is wh ...

Crystal Cathedral to Move to Smaller Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

In a building swap, the Crystal Cathedral has announced it will move its congregation to a smaller Roman Catholic church after the iconic Protestant megachurch was sold to the Catholic Diocese of Orange, Calif ...

From the Archives: June 1990
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Maria Riley Women's Concerns With the publication of the second draft of the National Conference of Cath ...

Vatican Issues New Guidelines for Catholic Charities
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 8:31am | Type: Blog

Under new rules announced on Wednesday (May 2), the Vatican will more closely oversee the operations of Caritas Internationalis, a global confederation of 162 national Catholic charities. ...

'The Plants are Family to Us'
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 8:41am | Type: Magazine Article

John Bacher Forests throughout North America would not be the same today without the trailblazing work of a small Mohawk Catholic communi ...

Vatican Orders Cleveland Bishop to Reverse Church Closures
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

In an extraordinary move, the Vatican has reversed the closure of 13 churches in the Diocese of Cleveland, saying the parishes must be restored and the sanctuaries reopened for worship, according to activists ...

Lutherans Find Common with Catholics on Obama Mandate
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

Lutherans and Catholics are not historically known for their theological sympathy, but earlier this month the president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod told the U.S. House that he will "stand with o ...

The Santorum Question: Should Theology Affect the Way We Vote?
Originally Posted: 02/21/2012 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

There are some religious beliefs, such as a particular stance on infant baptism, understanding of the Trinity, or belief in what occurs when Christians observe the Lord’s Supper that are significant theologica ...

Vatican to Hold Global Summit on Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 02/04/2012 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY — Ten years after the clergy sexual abuse scandal erupted in the United States, Catholic bishops from all over the world will meet next week at a Vatican summit aimed at preventing abuse and prote ...

Challenges Ahead for the Post-Vatican II Church
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 2:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Karen Sue Smith Despite the enormous success of lay involvement and Catholic outreach to the world, several trends indicate serious challenges for the Catholic Church in the United ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Monday, Nov. 28, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 Dunder Mifflin Paper Company , the fictional employer of Dwight Schrute, Pam Beasley, and the rest of the Office gang, ...

The Morning News: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 THE WASHINGTON POST: GOP Candidates Show Sharp Differences On National Security And Terrorism The Republican presidential candidat ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Nov. 18, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/18/2011 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Nov. 18, 2011 “[ All American Muslim ] is not a documentary with journalistic standards, a la PBS’ Frontline , for example. It is a made-for-t ...

Economic Justice for All
Originally Posted: 11/18/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops held their annual meeting this week. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops held their annual meeting this week.  Most items on the agenda ...

New Models of the Church in a New Media World
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

In his seminal 1974 book Models of the Church, theologian Avery Dulles offered five paradigms, or "models," each of which called attention to certain aspects of the worldwide Christian church. ...

On Three Continents, Catholic Priests Challenge Vatican on Women's Ordination
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

More than 150 Roman Catholic priests in the United States have signed a statement in support of a fellow cleric Roy Bourgeois, who faces dismissal for participating in a ceremony ordaining a woman as ...