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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 ...

Two young adults offer a new take on 'new monasticism'
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 5:39pm | Type: Press

September 10, 2012 Sojo in the News Jamie L Manson ...

COMMENTARY: It’s Time for Baby Boomers to Cede Control
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

As baby boomers start clicking the senior citizen box on travel fares, I want to say a word to my generation and to the one that preceded us. It is time for us to get out of the way. ...

What’s Next for the First Catholic Bishop Convicted in Sex Abuse Cover-Up?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Catholic Bishop Robert W. Finn was found guilty Thursday of failing to tell police about a priest suspected of sexually exploiting children, an unprecedented verdict that is being hailed as a landmark in the e ...

Of Protestants, Politics, and Power
Originally Posted: 08/31/2012 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

As the Republicans leave Tampa and the Democrats prepare to gather in Charlotte, one dynamic is immediately clear in both parties: For the first time since Abraham Lincoln ran in 1860, no white Protestant will ...

Cardinal Timothy Dolan Asks Candidates to Sign Civility Pledge
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who sparked controversy by agreeing to deliver the closing blessing at the Republican convention in Tampa this week, on Monday drew further attention to his political role by asking bot ...

Group House Gives Women a Place to Discern Their Calling as Nuns
Originally Posted: 08/20/2012 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

In what is being described as the first of its kind in the U.S., the Archdiocese of New Orleans has transformed a vacant church rectory into a group house where single women will live together while deciding w ...

Nuns Group: We Are Not Leaving the Church
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

A leader of the group of Catholic nuns who are facing a crackdown from the Vatican said on Thursday that her members have no plans or desire to leave the church, or reconstitute their group beyond Vatican cont ...

Paul Ryan, Joe Biden: A Tale of Two Catholics
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

The 2012 presidential campaign could bear a new subtitle: A Tale of Two Catholics. The 2012 presidential campaign could bear a new subtitle: A Tale of Two Catholics. For the fi ...

Nuns Reject Vatican Takeover But Seek Dialogue on Differences
Originally Posted: 08/13/2012 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

American nuns facing a Vatican takeover of their leadership organization on Aug. 10 rejected Rome’s plans to recast the group in a more conservative mold, but declined — for now — to respond with an ultimatum ...

Mitt Romney Ad Says President Obama Launched ‘War on Religion’
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused Democratic President Barack Obama of launching a “war on religion” in a television ad released on Aug. 9. Republican preside ...

Should a Priest Be Taking on the Mexican Cartels?
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

According to a piece in USA Today, the congregants of one Mexican church don't think so. According to a piece in USA Today , the congregants of one Mexican church don& ...

Good Men and the Secret of Happiness
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

Mark's portrayal of Sarge's goodness is what I liked best about the book (and what Estelle knew I'd most appreciate). See, my father was a good man too. Shriver was an extroverted, energetic, Ca ...

Legacy of Vatican II at Heart of Dispute Between Vatican, U.S. Nuns
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

In April, the Vatican accused the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the umbrella group that represents the majority of American nuns, of “doctrinal confusion.” As LCWR leaders meet this week (A ...

Faith Leaders Encourage Representatives to Love Their Neighbors Through Just Tax Policies
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 4:10pm | Type: Press

August 1, 2012 Sojo in the News Sarah Dickey ...

Vatican Showdown Just Latest Chapter in Sister Pat Farrell’s Dramatic Life
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Though she is at the center of one of the biggest crises in the Catholic Church today, Sister Pat Farrell is loath to talk about herself, and certainly not in any way that would make her a focus of the looming ...

Catholics Walk in the Foosteps of New Native American Saint
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

MOHAWK VALLEY, New York — Twelve-year-old Jake Finkbonner leaned over and ran his hand through a pool of water from a natural spring at the National Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, in Fonda, N.Y.. With th ...

Should Judge Prevent Man from Attending Church?
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

MARINE, Ill. — Joseph Haegele remembers going to the church across the road from his grandparents' house on Windmill Street in this farm town in 1956, when he was 5 years old. A Madison County Circuit Jud ...

Colbert, Cardinal Dolan to Match Wits in Comedy Slam
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 7:03am | Type: Blog

NEW YORK — So who is the funniest Catholic in the Western world: New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan or Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert? It's a tough call for anyone who has followed either man's i ...

Wild Goose Festival focuses on prayer, social justice
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 3:54pm | Type: Press

July 5, 2012 Sojo in the News Patrick O'Neill ...

What’s at Stake in Pope Benedict XVI’s Visit to Philadelphia
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

Nearly lost amid ongoing reports about the Vatican leaks scandal, Rome’s battle with American nuns, the American bishops’ battle for religious freedom, and the priest on trial in Philadelphia, was the news tha ...

Pope Benedict to Visit Philadelphia in 2015
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI is set to visit Philadelphia in 2015 for the Vatican World Meeting of Families. Pope Benedict XVI is set to visit Philadelphia in 2015 for the Vatican World Mee ...

Vatican Denies Bid to Keep Boston Catholic Churches Open
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

Groups of Boston-area Catholics who have waged an eight-year battle to block the sale of parish buildings are running out of options as the Vatican has rejected their appeals. BOS ...

Pope Benedict XVI Gives Direction to U.S. bishops on Hot-Button Issues
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

In his speeches, Pope Benedict XVI often echoed bishops' concern about religious freedom and the challenges confronting the American church. In his last address, on May 22, he warned bishops of the “threa ...

HHS Doesn’t Speak For Me, or Many Women
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

Pundits and politicians who opine about the so-called war on women ought to take note of the lawsuits filed Monday against the Department of Health and Human Services contraception mandate by 43 religious grou ...

‘Old Catholics’ Embrace New Movements
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

Archbishop Michael Seneco, of Washington, D.C., is a gay man who plans to marry his longtime partner in September. Bishop Jim Morgan, of Ogden, Utah, is also gay and has been with the man he considers his hus ...

Catholic Groups File Suit Over HHS Birth Control Mandate
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

Dozens of Catholic universities, dioceses and other institutions filed lawsuits in courts around the country on Monday in a coordinated effort, spearheaded by the U.S. hierarchy and Catholic conservatives, to ...

Cleveland Catholics ‘Anxious,' 'Edgy’ as Parish Re-openings Drag On
Originally Posted: 05/18/2012 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

It's been nearly a month since Bishop Richard Lennon announced he would reopen 12 closed churches, but so far no shuttered sanctuaries have been resurrected. CLEVELAND — It ...

Vatican Says Unity With Traditionalist Society of St. Pius X Needs ‘Further Discussions’
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

The Vatican's doctrinal office said “further discussions” will be needed with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) in order to heal a decades-long split within the Roman Catholic Church. ...

Vatican Settles with Benetton Over Pope-Kissing Ad
Originally Posted: 05/15/2012 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican announced on May 15 it had settled a lawsuit against Italian clothing group Benetton for using an image of Pope Benedict XVI in one of its advertisement campaigns. VAT ...

Catholic Bishops to Scrutinize Girl Scouts
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are reviewing the church’s long-standing ties to the Girl Scouts of the USA after complaints that some of that venerable organization’s programs might contradict church teac ...

Pope Finds Kindred Spirit in German ‘Feminist’ Saint
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

On Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI ordered Hildegard von Bingen, who died in 1179, to be inscribed “in the catalogue of saints,” thus extending her cult “to the universal church.” Her ...

Conservative Catholics Blast Upcoming Appearance by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at Georgetown University
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

The flagship Jesuit university has announced that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic who has angered conservatives and bishops for overseeing the Obama administration’s contracep ...

Thank a Nun: Sister Catherine ~ She Broadened My Image of God
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

I started seeing Sister Catherine once a week and within two months I felt as though I were going through a spiritual transformation, like I was being radically broken open and the thick outer shell I had main ...

Are Americans in Rome Behind the Nuns Crackdown?
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 6:04pm | Type: Blog

It turns out that conservative American churchmen living in Rome—including disgraced former Boston Cardinal Bernard Law—were key players in pushing the hostile takeover of the Leadership Conference of Women Re ...

Top Ten Favorite Celluloid Sisters
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

Silly and serious, strict and kind, profoundly faithful and sometimes hilarious — Catholic nuns are evergreen characters on the big (and the small) screens. Here's a list of some of our favorite portrayal ...

Paul Ryan’s Not-Very-Catholic Catholic Budget
Originally Posted: 04/27/2012 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Give Congressman Paul Ryan credit for persistence. The Wisconsin Republican and architect of the GOP’s budget plan has spent a month arguing that his party’s proposals to cut programs for the needy while sparing the Defense Department and not raising ...

Having the Sisters' Back
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 1:30pm | Type: SojoMail

April 26, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "For years, we dreamed ...

Woman Fights Her Bishop on Church Closures and Wins
Originally Posted: 04/25/2012 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

When Bishop Richard Lennon began closing 50 Catholic churches in and around Cleveland three years ago, the bulk of the faithful quietly moved on. CLEVELAND—When Bishop Richard Le ...

Having the Sisters’ Back
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

After an official investigation, the Vatican seems pretty upset with the Catholic Sisters here in the United States. After an official investigation, the Vatican seems pretty upse ...

Pro-Tutu Petitions Flood Gonzaga
Originally Posted: 04/23/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

After nearly 700 people tried to push Gonzaga University to rescind its commencement speaker's invitation to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, supporters of the anti-apartheid hero responded with 11,000 signatures ...

What To Do About “Radical Feminist Nuns”
Originally Posted: 04/20/2012 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

American nuns have gotten into some hot water with the Vatican, whose representatives claim the nuns are practicing “certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” ...

Vatican Orders Crackdown on American Nuns
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican has launched a crackdown on the umbrella group that represents most of America's 55,000 Catholic nuns, saying that the group was not speaking out strongly enough against gay marriage, abortion ...

Bishop to Reopen 12 Closed Parishes
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

Roman Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon on Tuesday (April 17) announced that he will reopen 12 churches whose closings were reversed by the Vatican last month. Roman Catholic Bishop ...

Pope Turns 85 Amid Speculation of Resignation
Originally Posted: 04/16/2012 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI turned 85 on Monday (April 16) amid renewed speculation about his declining health and possible resignation. VATICAN CITY—Pope Benedict XVI turned 85 on Monday ( ...

Catholic Bishops Issue Rallying Cry for ‘Religious Freedom’
Originally Posted: 04/12/2012 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

The nation’s Catholic bishops are calling on the faithful to pray and mobilize in a “great national campaign” to confront what they see as a series of threats to religious freedom, and they are setting aside t ...

Pope Meets with Fidel Castro, Urges More Freedom
Originally Posted: 03/28/2012 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI ended his three-day visit to Cuba on Wednesday (March 28) with an appeal for more religious freedom for the Catholic Church, ahead of a highly anticipated meeting with the island's histo ...

Pope Benedict XVI in Cuba: A Media Round-up
Originally Posted: 03/28/2012 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI’s 3-day visit to Cuba began Monday, when President Raul Castro greeted the pontiff at the airport of Santiago de Cuba. The arrival was fairly quiet, but the evening Mass in Santiago’s plaza w ...

Walking a Mile with a Meth Head
Originally Posted: 03/24/2012 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

Emmanuel shows up on our front porch about once a week. His name means “God with us,” but if there’s anyone on the planet who appears to have been forgotten by the Divine, It’s him. He stands at about 5’4″ and ...

Pope to Find Challenges, Opportunities in Cuba
Originally Posted: 03/19/2012 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

A small group of protesters occupied a church in central Havana, illustrating the challenges that Pope Benedict XVI will find in Cuba during a March 23-29 trip. VATICAN CITY--Two ...