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Sexual Revolution Is Destroying Families, Russell Moore Tells Vatican Conference
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Prominent U.S. evangelicals Russell Moore and Rick Warren blasted the sexual revolution at a Vatican conference Nov. 18 and said it is destroying the institution of marriage. Prom ...

Pope Francis Suggests No-Cost Annulments in Divorce Cases
Originally Posted: 11/05/2014 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

“When you attach economic interests to spiritual interests, it is not about God,” Pope Francis said. Pope Francis raised the prospect of no-cost marriage annulments on Nov. 5 afte ...

Conscience vs. Authority at Pope Francis’ Synod on the Family
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

If there is a common thread among issues as diverse as contraception, divorce, premarital sex and homosexuality, it may be the limits of the church’s authority over Catholics’ behavior and consciences. ...

Vatican Shifts to Tone of Greater Openness Toward Gays and Lesbians
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

The world’s Catholic bishops on Oct. 13 signaled a move toward greater tolerance of gays and lesbians, an about-face so unexpected that leaders of the church’s right wing called it a “betrayal.” ...

Wisconsin Couple to Catholic Bishops: The Church is Failing to Address Marital Issues
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis and his bishops got a wake-up call Oct. 7 from a Wisconsin couple who said the Catholic Church was failing to deal with the collapse of the traditional family. Pope F ...

Pope Francis Wanted Open Debate. With Clashing Cardinals, He’s Got It
Originally Posted: 10/02/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Leading up to a Vatican summit on family life that Pope Francis opens on Oct. 5, high-ranking churchmen have fiercely debated church teaching — and criticized each other — in sharp exchanges that offer a rings ...

US Cardinal Raymond Burke Mounts Defense on Catholic Teaching on Divorce
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

Public disagreements over whether the Roman Catholic Church can change its teachings on Communion for remarried Catholics are growing sharper on the eve of a major Vatican summit, with conservatives led by U.S ...

Will the Catholic Church Change Its Stand on Marriage and Divorce?
Originally Posted: 09/18/2014 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis made headlines this week when he officiated at the weddings of 20 couples, including some who had been living together and a woman who has a daughter from a previous relationship. ...

Vatican Confronts Shifting Landscape on Family Issues
Originally Posted: 06/26/2014 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

Faced with a cultural landscape that’s shifting faster than the church’s ability to keep up, Catholic bishops are looking for new approaches toward unmarried couples, divorced people, and single parents who ar ...

Gallup: Gay Sex, Divorce, Extramarital Sex Reach New Highs of 'Moral Acceptability'
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

Americans are showing more tolerance for a range of behaviors, with sex between unmarried adults, medical research on stem cells from human embryos, and doctor-assisted suicide all showing record highs and inc ...

Seeking Greater Equality, Indian Women Turn to Unexpected Source: Shariah Courts
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

Khatoon Shaikh had no formal education, never worked outside the home, and lived in the kind of neighborhood that many people might call a slum. Khatoon Shaikh had no formal educa ...

Pope Francis Calls for Flexibility, Patience as He Opens Talks on Church Teaching
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday opened a major two-day meeting on the church’s approach to the complexities of modern family life, telling the world’s Catholic cardinals that the church needs a “pastoral” approach th ...

Cardinals Gather in Rome as Debates on Church Reform Heat Up
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

High-level debates over Catholic teachings on marriage and divorce and other hot-button issues heated up on Wednesday as a highly anticipated effort to overhaul the Vatican bureaucracy slogged through the devi ...

Study: Conservative Protestants' Divorce Rates Spread to Their Red State Neighbors
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

Conservative Protestants in red states aren’t the only ones seeing high divorce rates — so are their neighbors, according to a new study. Conservative Protestants in red states ar ...

Pete Holmes Searching for Comedic Communion
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

For a period in his younger life, the host of “The Pete Holmes Show” on TBS, which debuted late last year and follows “Conan” on late-night TV, was on a trajectory to become a youth pastor. ...

Vatican Seeks Input from the Pews on Marriage and Family Issues
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 2:24pm | Type: Blog

In an unusual move, the Vatican has asked the world’s bishops to quickly canvas the faithful for their views on topics like gay marriage, divorce, and birth control ahead of a major meeting of church leaders s ...

3 Ways the Vatican Could Allow Divorced Catholics Back to Communion
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

While the first months of Pope Francis’ pontificate have been marked by his attention to the poor and his “Who am I to judge” attitude on homosexuality, his pledge to tackle the ban on Communion for divorced a ...

Orthodox Rabbis Charged in Jewish Divorce Shakedown Plot
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

In a bizarre case involving threats of kidnapping, beatings, and physical torture — including the use of an electric cattle prod — two rabbis were charged in New Jersey in a scheme to force men to grant their ...

The Man I Didn't Want to Love
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis offered an avalanche of Love, a deluge of Compassion, a flight of Hope. What I found most striking as I read the article was the consistency of his theme, no matter how far-ranging the topic. It w ...

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

The Dangers of Christian 'Marriage Worship'
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

What we end up with, often times, is a vacuous silence when it comes to the real, difficult issues of sexual identity, impulse, and expression. Add to that the Christian emphasis on marriage, and the result in ...

What God Has Joined
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite Social, political, and economic forces can either undermine the institution of marriage–or foster a society w ...

What Jesus Didn't Say
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 6:30am | Type: Blog

Rather than telling people caught in desperate sin how far their sin has removed them from God, why not invite them to come to worship? Think of how much difference there is between saying “Stop being such a s ...

Pope Benedict XVI Says Lack of ‘Faith’ Could Be Used in Marriage Annulments
Originally Posted: 01/30/2013 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI has asked the Vatican’s highest appeals court to consider reviewing church rules on marriage annulments — a statement that may signal a change in tone more than a change in substance. ...

Kenyan Church Leaders Say Laws Would Weaken Marriage
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 10:10pm | Type: Blog

Kenyan church leaders are lining up in opposition to proposed new marriage bills, which they say will weaken marriage by allowing cohabiting couples to register as married. One bill would bring Christian, Hindu, Muslim, civil, and customary marriages ...

Shariah or Not, Muslim Divorces Can Get Tricky
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

What if American judges were prohibited from considering Shariah and other foreign laws, as many state and national politicians want to see happen? New Jersey lawyer Abed Awad has ...

'I'm on Food Stamps. Don't Hate Me For It."
Originally Posted: 03/20/2012 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

I am on food stamps. This will surprise almost everyone who knows me. I have hidden it from friends, from family, from classmates. I am on food stamps. This will surprise almost e ...

GOP Candidates Answer: Does Marital Fidelity Matter?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

The question of moral character and how it plays into public life has tended to be fairly low level conversation in our country. It’s subjects of discussion are usually those who we aren’t planning on voting f ...

Love and Marriage: A Kardashian Cautionary Tale
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

It’s tempting for us to scoff at Kris and Kim’s downfall, but the reality is that their marriage failed at least in part because of our society’s views of nuptial bliss. That makes us all implicitly responsibl ...

"Courageous": A Sermon Wrapped in a Movie
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

A blockbuster-style feature-length movie made by a church? I have to admit, as a Brit, this concept baffled me, but it also piqued my interest. A blockbuster-style feature- ...

Pat Robertson: I'm Out
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

Mark your calendars. The Rev. Pat Robertson has announced his ersatz retirement from politics. Robertson, 81, tells the Associated Press that he will no longer offer political endorsements. ...