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Catholics See Rallying Cry for ‘Religious Freedom’ in ‘For Greater Glory’
Originally Posted: 05/24/2012 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

The film shows a burning crucifix, gun-toting priests and the torture of a young boy. And the Roman Catholic hierarchy is loving it. The film shows a burning crucifix, gun-toting ...

D.C. Archdiocese, Georgetown University Spar Over Kathleen Sebelius Speech
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

Tensions between the Archdiocese of Washington and Georgetown University are escalating ahead of an address on Friday (May 18) by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a conflict that is becom ...

Rallying Around the Sisters
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 1:19pm | Type: Blog

CHICAGO—Two months ago, I went to the Maryknoll motherhouse, a massive stone building in Ossining, N.Y., to interview 93-year-old Sister Madeleine Dorsey for a book I am writing. This was a sister who had chosen to stay with the poor in El Salvador afte ...

Georgetown Faculty Challenge Ryan Budget
Originally Posted: 04/24/2012 - 8:23pm | Type: Blog

A group of professors and administrators is joining the chorus taking Ryan to task for claiming his budget proposal falls in line with Catholic teaching. Rep. Paul Ryan is slated ...

Is Pope Ratzinger Suffering From the Seven-Year Itch?
Originally Posted: 04/20/2012 - 9:14am | Type: Blog

As Pope Benedict XVI marked his seventh anniversary as pope, many Catholics were wondering if the pontiff is finally becoming the papal enforcer that some feared – and others hoped – he would be when he was el ...

Catholic Leaders Say Rep. Paul Ryan Distorting Church Teaching
Originally Posted: 04/13/2012 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

In response to Rep. Paul Ryan’s recent comments justifying the Republican budget plan on Catholic grounds, 60 prominent Catholic leaders today released a statement saying his claims “profoundly distort” Cathol ...

White House Proposal Gives Religious Groups More Say in Birth Control Mandate
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:07pm | Type: Blog

The Obama administration is offering to expand the number of faith-based groups that can be exempt from the controversial contraception mandate, and proposing that third-party companies administer coverage for ...

Poll: Catholics Don’t See Contraception Mandate as Threat to Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

A majority (56 percent) of Americans say religious liberty is not threatened in the U.S., according to a new poll released Thursday by the Public Religion Research Institute, which conducted the survey in part ...

News Analysis: 5 Reasons Why Obama is Losing the Contraception Fight
Originally Posted: 02/08/2012 - 7:04pm | Type: Blog

The White House has surprised observers and disappointed some liberal allies by signaling that it is willing to compromise and provide a broader religious exemption in its controversial regulations requiring a ...

New Poll: Majority of White Evangelicals Oppose Cutting Federal Programs that help the Poor
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 10:07am | Type: Blog

A new poll released this morning by Public Religion Research Institute shows that a majority of white evangelicals are opposed to cutting federal anti-poverty programs for the poor and nearly three-quarters of ...

Boo! It's Jesus!: Halloween and Evangelization
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

Is Halloween a prime time for evangelism? Are religious tracts passed out along with (or in lieu of) "treats" really the best way to spread the gospel message? Is ...

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 ...

Newt Gingrich: A Catholic Running Against Islam?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and high-profile conservative intellectual, announced that he is officially in the running for the Republican nomination for president. New ...

Grading Civility: 75 Percent Give the United States a C, D, or F
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama spent <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/state-of-the-union-2011-breakdown/" target="_blank">4 percent</a> of his State of the Union ...

Different Faiths, Common Humanity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This past week I was afforded a sneak peek at the forthcoming PBS documentary <a href="http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/calling/" target="_blank"><em>The Calling</em>< ...

It Takes a Movement: A Post-Election Analysis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

An Open Letter to Glenn Beck
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Glenn,</p> Dear Glenn, I think we got off on the wrong foot. I listened to your speech last Saturday and heard a lot of things that we agree on. In fact, I have u ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: A Watering Hole Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>[<em>Editor's Note<span style="font-weight: normal; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">: In anticipation of the anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, God& ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Korean-American youth. Soldiers vs. Schools. Movies. Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:</p> Korean-American youth. Soldiers v ...

The Immigration Fight Isn't Over
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, U.S. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton preliminarily struck down key provisions in Arizona's infamous SB 1070 law and ruled that states cannot pr ...

An Open Letter to Pastors: Our Nation Needs Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Pastors,</p> Dear Pastors, This week, a group called NumbersUSA sent out a message to hundreds of thousands of Americans to ask them to please contact their pastor. ...

Why I Remain a Catholic Priest, Despite Scandal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

A friend tells me that she finds it difficult nowadays to admit that she is a Catholic. A friend tells me that she finds it difficult nowadays to admit that she is a Catholic. My ...

Mysticism for Mathematicians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I've always longed to see the world through a poet's eyes -- to see the magical in the everyday and to be able to weave words in such a way as to convey that magic to others. ...

Texas School Board: The "Common Good" as Liberal Conspiracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong></p> The Texas School Board has approved controversial new social studies standards . Some on the board appear more intent on imme ...

Why Do Americans Emphasize Charity Over Justice?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Recently I came across <a href="http://www.catechism.org/lent/Walking-inthe-Footsteps-of-Jesus-Act-Reflect-Transform-essay.pdf" target="_blank">Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus: Cath ...

Listeners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last month, at the height of the media coverage of the most recent sex abuse crisis, Father Francis Clooney, a professor at Harvard Divinity School and Director of the Center for the Study of Wor ...

Is Western Christianity Suffering From Spiritual Amnesia?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the 1990s, I taught history and theology at an evangelical college, a place where the students were serious young Christians. In the 1990s, I taught history and theology at an ...

'Doing God's Work': A Moral Case for Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As financial reform legislation stalls in the Senate for the moment and embattled Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein testifies today before a congressional subcommittee, faith-based organizations an ...

U.K. Catholic Bishops Address Abuse Scandal 'Directly and Unambiguously'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Late last week, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales released an <a href="http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/catholic_church/media_centre/press_releases/press_releases_2010/statement_by_the_catholi ...

Another Vatican II Moment for the Catholic Church?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

These are dark days for Catholics and our church. The clergy sexual abuse scandals are a source of profound pain and raw anger. These are dark days for Catholics and our church. T ...

Scandal, Secularism, and the Politics of the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It is far too easy to blame the highly publicized priestly scandal for the alienation of Catholics in Europe or the United States. It is far too easy to blame the highly publicize ...

What If Resurrection Is A Choice?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"What if the resurrection was a choice?"</p> "What if the resurrection was a choice?" I was stunned when my professor posed this question in the last ...

A Million Christians for Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes, the timing of events seems almost providential.</p> Sometimes, the timing of events seems almost providential. For more than a year, Sojourners has been discu ...

What Catholics Can Teach Glenn Beck About Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/24/what-catholics-can-teach-glenn-beck-about-social-justice/"></a>While it's generally not worth spilling any ink over Glenn Beck, his ...

What Glenn Beck Doesn't Understand About Biblical Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>When Glenn Beck promised to devote a whole week of his television show to come after me, I wasn't sure he really meant it. I guess he did. Last night he began to make good on the threat he made o ...

'Jim Wallis Loves His Enemies' (With a Little Help From His Friends)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

When a Fox News pundit who has helped force the resignation of White House advisers is promising he'll be <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/15/in-spite-of-glenn-becks-new-threats-my-invitation ...

A Torture Apologist's Flawed Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

The <em>Washington Post </em>has a new op-ed page writer drawing scrutiny for his hearty endorsement of "enhanced interrogation," which translated from Orwellian into English means tortur ...

The Pope vs. Climate Change Deniers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The recent blizzard of bunk coming from climate change deniers giddy over the recent Snowmageddon that paralyzed the nation's capital is a classic case of putting ideology and politics before scien ...

Haiti: Faith-Based Business Partnerships Seek a Sustainable Recovery
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Three days after a 7.0 earthquake rocked their city, hundreds of Haitians returned to work at SPIA, one of the largest pasta production companies in the country. Three days after ...

Is George W. Bush Pro-Life? Is Any Politician?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Former President George W. Bush <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/news/bush-232385-life-president.html">receives a pro-life award</a> this weekend from Legatus, an organization ...

God's Economics: Pope Benedict -- and Jim Wallis -- Go Where Many U.S. Politicians Fear to Tread
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. Rev. Jim Wal ...

Bishops Flex Moral Muscle for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

While attention is focused on final negotiations over health-care legislation, Catholic bishops have signaled they will play a leading role in pushing for comprehensive immigration reform this year ...

Stepping Back from Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598834757_gbP3y"></a>For much of the world, the heart of Bethlehem is found down a narr ...

A More Serious Threat to Catholic Identity than Removing Public Crucifixes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In his article<a href="http://ncronline.org/blogs/all-things-catholic/benedicts-ongoing-battle-against-secularism"> "Benedict's ongoing battle against secularism,"</a> < ...

Conservative Progressives?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It's been said that conservatives are people who honor the tombs of dead progressives. It's been said that conservatives are people who honor the tombs of dead progressi ...

A 'Big Tent' in Dallas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>For those who came to the <a href="http://www.justicerevival.org">Justice Revival</a>'s free opening nig ...

Conservative Evangelicals and Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago, I sat and listened attentively as a series of American religious leaders explained to several members of a <a href="http://www.faithandimmigration.org/blog/faith-leaders-testify-se ...

Big Oil, Corporate Greed, and Social Sin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As an urbanite fortunate to live within walking distance of work and trendy restaurants, I rarely drive these days. As an urbanite fortunate to live within walking distance of wor ...

The Media's Favorite Catholic Culture Warrior
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Just in time for Halloween, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is once again spooked about all those "radical secularists" lurking ominously behind ever corner. ...

Conservative Catholicism's Political Enforcers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As a struggling Catholic, the uproar and division caused by conservative U.S. As a struggling Catholic, the uproar and division caused by conservative U.S. Catholic groups (with t ...