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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 ...

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 ...

Liberation Theology Finds New Welcome in Pope Francis’ Vatican
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

A progressive theological current that emphasizes the Catholic Church’s closeness to the poor and the marginalized but was subject to decades of hostility and censure is now finding increasing favor in the Vat ...

'Write Your Life, Live Your Faith'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Gene Luen Yang Comic book creator Gene Luen Yang on his latest work, Boxe ...

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. ...

Catholics Differ at 'War on Poverty' Hearing
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

Sister Simone Campbell, the face of the famous “Nuns on the Bus” tours, and Rep. Paul Ryan, the brains behind the House Republicans’ budget-cutting plans, have for more than a year represented diametrically op ...

Catholic Hospitals at Odds with Bishops Over Birth Control Mandate
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

The organization representing Catholic hospitals across the country says it no longer objects to the Obama administration’s mandate that all employees receive free birth control coverage. ...

Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Intervenes on the Recruitment of Christian Arabs into Israeli Army
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

The Catholic Church's Justice and Peace Commission of the Holy Land led by Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah has issued a statement against attempts by the Israeli Defense Force to begin conscripting Chris ...

The Song Remains
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Ramzi Kysia After more than two decades of defiant work for peace, Kathy Kelly continues to move others to love and action. ...

4 Things Religious Conservatives Might Do After High Court Rulings:
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

The twin Supreme Court rulings on Wednesday that further opened the door for gay marriage in the U.S. were not entirely unexpected, and the condemnations from religious conservatives angry at the verdicts were ...

My Country ’Tis of Thee: Evangelicals Score Highest on Patriotism
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

When it comes to God and country, white evangelicals report the strongest levels of patriotic feelings in a new poll, with more than two-thirds (68 percent) saying they are extremely proud to be an American. ...

Mother Dolores Hart, from Kissing Elvis to Joining the Convent
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

The way fans reacted to Dolores Hart’s decision to become a cloistered nun, you might have thought the movie star had announced her intention to kill herself. The way fans reacted ...

Pope Francis: Wasting Food is like Stealing from the Poor
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis condemns consumerism and the "culture of waste" especially pertaining to food. On Wednesday during his weekly address, Pope Francis condemned consumerism a ...

Catholic Rocker Matt Maher Finds Cross-Over Appeal Among Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

Growing up Roman Catholic in Newfoundland, Matt Maher never imagined that his childhood interest in music would lead to a career as a Grammy-nominated, chart-topping Christian rocker — let alone a crossover ar ...

Catholic Population Surges Across the Global South
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY — Gains in Asia and Africa are making up for losses in Europe among the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, according to Vatican statistics released Monday, signaling a shift of the church’s center of ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher by Sue Halpern / Kinship Across Borders: ...

Left Behind: Families Struggle to Navigate Life After Suicide
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Today, though most religions still condemn suicide, there’s an understanding in many faiths that those who take their own lives don’t always have full control over their actions. ...

Fifty Years Later, Church Leaders Respond to King’s 'Birmingham Jail' Letter
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. challenged white church leaders to confront racism, an ecumenical network has responded to his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” F ...

Meet the ‘Catholic NRA’
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 5:21pm | 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 ...

GOP budget fails moral standard
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 2:30pm | Type: Press

April 3, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

No Time for Arm-Chair Activists
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Those who study together can also change together. Here are our recommendations for good books, videos, and online resources ...

The Pope and the Poor
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 10:59am | Type: Press

March 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Mark Engler ...

Saint Patrick, Druids, and the Snakes: The Truth is in the Middle
Originally Posted: 03/17/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Interestingly, the last glacial period (some 10,000-100,000 years ago, depending on whom you ask) beat St. Patrick to the snake banishing. But, Christian tradition has given Patrick all the credit. So, if ther ...

Picking the Pope: Holy Spirit or ‘Groupthink’?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

In Catholic theology, as in the popular imagination, the closed-door conclave to elect a new pope is supposed to be guided by the Holy Spirit. In Catholic theology, as in the po ...

Cardinals Move to Plug Leaks Ahead of Papal Conclave
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

Tensions among the Roman Catholic cardinals meeting here to choose a new pope appeared to escalate on Wednesday as the American prelates in Rome canceled their daily press briefing under pressure from colleagu ...

Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien Admits to Sexual Misconduct
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Days after pulling out of the conclave to elect the next pope and vowing to fight the charges against him, disgraced Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien admitted Sunday to inappropriate “sexual conduct.” ...

Pope Benedict Defends Choice to Resign in Last Public Address
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

In his final public address, Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday forcefully defended his decision to resign while trying to reassure Catholics still reeling from the shock of his unprecedented move. ...

What Pope Benedict XVI Shares With His Notorious Namesake
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 12:30pm | 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 ...

Who Runs the Vatican After the Pope Steps Down?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:37pm | 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 ...

Catholics unite for new gun control measures
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 2:27pm | Type: Press

January 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Joshua J. McElwee ...

Activists Mobilize Around White House’s Catholic ‘Hate Group’ Petition
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 9:10am | Type: Blog

Now there is a petition to designate the Roman Catholic Church as a hate group for its opposition to gay rights, and it may wind up generating almost as many press releases as signatures. ...

Catholic Intensity Fades as Evangelical Devotion Surges
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

After November’s presidential vote, Catholics could cite ample evidence for their renewed political relevance while dispirited evangelicals were left wondering if they are destined to be yesterday’s election n ...

Who Would Jesus Execute?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Richard Viguerie Jim Wallis interviews Richard Viguerie, a law-and-order co ...

Romero's Glasses
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: The following is a poem written by Trevor Scott Barton following reading The Violence of Love by Archbiship Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in El Salvador in 1980. ...

Maryknoll Priest Expelled Over Support for Women’s Ordination
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 9:16am | Type: Blog

A long-running struggle between Catholic authorities and the Rev. Roy Bourgeois over his support for ordaining women has ended with Bourgeois’ dismissal from the priesthood and his religious order, the Marykno ...

Catholic Bishops Warn Congress Not to Throw Poor Off ‘Fiscal Cliff’
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

As Congress embarks on high-stakes budget negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are warning elected officials not to target programs for the poor and inst ...

What Does Communion Mean Without Atonement?
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

I’m known for holding an alternative view on salvation than many Christians – even Disciples — maintain, in that I do not adhere to the doctrine that Jesus died for our sins I am ...

Liberal Catholics use Election Results to Battle Bishops
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

CNN reports that Catholic activists are using Obama's reelection to take on some of the more conservative bishops. CNN reports: Emboldened by the re-election o ...

How the VP Debate Emphasized ‘Single-Issue’ Catholicism
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

Catholicism’s social justice teachings have often been called the church’s “best-kept secret,” and after the Oct. 11 vice-presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan – the first such showdown between t ...

Biden-Ryan Debate: Battle of the Catholics
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 8:05pm | Type: Blog

When Joe Biden and Paul Ryan face off in the vice-presidential debate Thursday night, it will mark the first showdown of its kind between the first Catholics ever to oppose each other on the major party ticket ...

50 Years Ago, Vatican II Changed the Catholic Church — And the World
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 8:33pm | Type: Blog

Fifty years ago was the first day of the Second Vatican Council, more popularly known as Vatican II, which was designed to assess the church’s role in a rapidly changing world. F ...

Canada Cuts All Non-Christian Prison Chaplains
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons. TORONTO — The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Chr ...

What My Catholic Faith Has Taught Me
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

Some have asked how I can embrace a faith whose leadership has taken such a hard line against gay and lesbian equality, and which is painfully quiet on the threat to limit voting rights. I understand why peopl ...

Vatican Lifts Suspension of Priest who Altered Prayers at Mass
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 2:36pm | 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 ...

Vatican Walks a Fine Line on Trying to Combat Blasphemy
Originally Posted: 09/27/2012 - 6:12pm | Type: Blog

Just one week after Pope Benedict XVI ended his successful visit to Lebanon, the country's most senior Catholic leader called for a United Nations resolution “that will ban denigrating religions.” ...

Obama Surges Ahead Among Catholic Voters
Originally Posted: 09/27/2012 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

President Obama’s support among Catholic voters has surged since June, according to a new poll, despite a summer that included the Catholic bishops’ religious freedom campaign and the naming of Rep. Paul Ryan, ...

Charities Struggle with Hurricane Isaac Cleanup
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

NEW ORLEANS — Faith-based ministries and local charities that are ramping up relief efforts after Hurricane Isaac say it's already clear that recovery will proceed without the national outpouring of money ...

Is the Catholic Hierarchy Moving Toward the GOP?
Originally Posted: 09/19/2012 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

A series of recent developments are renewing questions about the Catholic bishops' alignment with the Republican Party, with much of the attention focusing on comments by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles C ...