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From the Archives: April 1985
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill Wylie-Kellermann Authority Over Death IN THE EARLY weeks of the Eastertide lectionary, there appears a s ...

An 'Unsettling:' Non-Catholics and Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

On Wednesday, the white smoke got in my eyes, and rather than confusing my sight, it’s made things a little clearer. When I heard about the white smoke on Wednesday, I wrote on my ...

'Rebuild My Church'
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Will simplicity and social justice become the witness of the Roman Catholic Church around the world — and will it emanate from the first pope from the Global South, which is clearly the growing future of the c ...

Bergoglio: A Pope of Paradox for a Church in Transition
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 9:24pm | Type: Blog

What, in fact, does the election of Francis say about the Catholic Church at this point in its history? VATICAN CITY — A hierarchy looking to make a clear statement about where th ...

HABEMUS PAPAM: We Have a Pope
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 9:18pm | Type: Blog

White smoke billowed from the chimney atop the Vatican's Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, followed by bells ringing from St. Peter's Basilica — signaling the election of a new pope. ...

... And Every Tongue Confess
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

I like to remind my community of believers from time to time why we do what we do. I have long felt the risk of liturgy is that it becomes rote narration, a thoughtless speechifying of sorts. So that this migh ...

Papal Election is Anyone’s to Win … or Lose
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

National Catholic Reporter’s John Allen, a top Vaticanologist, perceived four main camps pushing different types of candidates: a pope who would overhaul the Roman Curia, the pontiff’s dysfunctional civil serv ...

The Cross: An Exposé of Human Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 7:47am | Type: Blog

of the crucifixion] Herod and Pilate became friends with each other; before this they had been enemies.” (Luke 23 ...

Black Smoke: First Day of Conclave Ends Without New Pope
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 7:27pm | Type: Blog

Black smoke from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel signaled that the first day of the conclave ended without the election of a new pope. VATICAN CITY — Black smoke from the chim ...

'The Bible Series'
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 5:37pm | Type: Press

March 11, 2013 Sojo in the News The Huffington Post ...

Cardinals Begin Conclave to Elect the Next Pope
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

The doors of the Sistine Chapel closed behind the cardinals on Tuesday, marking the official start of the conclave that will elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI. The 115 cardinal-electors walked in proces ...

Why the Next Pope Matters
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

Who is selected pope of the Roman Catholic Church matters to all Christians. As the College of Cardinals begins its conclave today in Rome to select the next Pope, I find myself ...

March 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:56am | Type: Product

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March 2013 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 12:02pm | Type: Product

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Vatican Makes Final Preparations for Papal Conclave
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

As the Vatican prepares for the opening of the conclave today to elect a new pope, officials announced that the personal secretary of former Pope Benedict XVI will return to Rome for the first time since Bened ...

Sistine Chapel Plays a Key Role in Electing a New Pope
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

As if the task of choosing the Vicar of Christ and the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics wasn’t daunting enough, the voting must also take place under the gaze of Michelangelo’s brilliant but imposin ...

CrossFit: A Secular Church?
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

I think CrossFit is like secular church. It offers more than weight loss or fitness. It speaks to our innate desires for community, purpose, and transformation. The first Christma ...

The ‘Tough Guy’ Option: Picking a Pope to Serve as Sheriff
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

Is now the time for a pope who could be more of a Ratzinger than a Benedict? VATICAN CITY — Amid all of the prognosticating about who the cardinals could choose as the next pope i ...

Vatican: Conclave To Start on Tuesday
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

The conclave to pick a new pope will begin on Tuesday the Vatican said on Friday, resolving an open question that had dogged the cardinals meeting here over the past week. VATICAN ...

Diverse Religion Because of Diverse Creation By a Diverse Creator?
Originally Posted: 03/08/2013 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

Species don’t evolve to become like other species. They evolve into better versions of themselves. I read a lot of Trinitarian theology last semester at Duke Divinity school, most ...

'The Bible' Series: An Invitation to 'Change the World' (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 03/07/2013 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

I watched with great delight as my sons, Luke and Jack, saw the first episode of “The Bible,” a History Channel special series that began this past Sunday and runs the five weeks through Easter. Film and telev ...

On the Inside Looking Out
Originally Posted: 03/07/2013 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

We did a focus group here as part of strategic planning at Trinity Episcopal Church. CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — We did a focus group here as part of strategic planning at Trinity Epis ...

The Juxtaposition of Death and Life, or Church on a Bike
Originally Posted: 03/06/2013 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

All around us, death and life, life and death. Pitch black darkness, confusion, pain, redemption, hope, joy, life, and healing hover around us and within us each day and it’s rarely a smooth, seamless process. ...

What Are We Guarding Against?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 7:36pm | Type: Blog

It's a marvel that people hate vehemently enough to end their lives and those of complete strangers as a solution to their actual suffering or perceptions of injustice. It's expensive to make this me ...

Is God on Our Side?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

What's it like to wrestle with the Divine One? You know, like Jacob did there in the desert one night. You can contend with God, can you not? Is God not then your enemy in some way? ...

One Woman’s Journey Out of Faith, Family, and Fear
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

There were at least 5,000 honor killings in 2000, according to a U.N. report. In 2010, a British newspaper estimated the number as high as 20,000. Most honor killings involve the murder of one family member — ...

On God's Side
Originally Posted: 12/03/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Product

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March 2013
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 3:10pm | Type: Magazine Issue

March, 2013 Life, unplugged: Richard Rohr on finding God in the depths of silence. ...

Pope Benedict XVI Leaves Office, Promises ‘Obedience’ to Successor
Originally Posted: 02/28/2013 - 9:07pm | Type: Blog

The papacy of Benedict XVI came to a quiet end at 8 p.m. on Thursday, making him the first pope in 600 years to voluntarily leave office. VATICAN CITY — The papacy of Benedict XVI ...

Housework, Hookups, and St. Gregory of Nyssa
Originally Posted: 02/28/2013 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

This past year, I’ve been working out of my house, something like a stay-at-home dad, what with the after-school hours and school holidays and such. ... What I have discovered, in all this mess, is that I am a ...

Vatican Intrigue Is Age-Old Part of Papal Politics
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:20pm | 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 ...

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 ...

On Scripture: How to Survive the Sequester, Syria, and Other Threatening Headlines
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

Current events, like much about our lives, frequently leave us hopeless, fearful, and uncertain. Religious faith isn’t a matter of wishing away these experiences; it involves perceiving God in the midst of our ...

Sorry To Burst Your Bubble
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 8:40am | 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. ...

'Unexpected Gifts' of Community
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

“Stepping into community is far riskier than expected. It’s far worse than you expect it to be. But in the end, it’s far better than you could ever imagine.” I’ve been asked sev ...

Benedict Will Be ‘Pope Emeritus’ After Resignation
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI will be known as “Pope Emeritus” after his retirement on Feb. 28, and will continue to wear white vestments, the Vatican announced on Tuesday. VATICAN CITY — P ...

SNL’s 'DJesus Uncrossed,' Mark Driscoll, and the American Worship of Satan
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

To the accusation that a nonviolent Jesus is a projection of my own wussy imagination: That is false and, in fact, the reverse is true – a violent Jesus is a god made in our own image. ...

Venting and Vetting: The Brutal Side of Papal Politics
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:33pm | 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 ...

Why You Should Pray Like a Six-Year-Old Boy
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:57pm | Type: Blog

It’s hard to over-emphasize the importance of honesty with God in our prayers. Stifling that honesty in ourselves or in our children by demanding that he or she pray for world peace instead of an awesome Chris ...

A Lenten Commitment to Give Up the Fear of Failure
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

What if we, as a Lenten discipline, make a commitment to give up the fear of failure — for such fears are too often personally devastating and publicly debilitating if left ignored or unresolved? ...

Take This Cup — For Real, TAKE It
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

So you’ve heard the flu shot is somewhat ineffective this year, and, though you have a normal immune system, you don't want to take the Eucharist from a common chalice. Part of me kind of wants to slap yo ...

Christianity Is Not a Club
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

The Gospel is public truth, available to everyone, that reveals to all flesh who it is who rules all things by love, who holds all things in the grip of grace, who is making all things new by Christ's res ...

Vatican Mulling Changes to Election of New Pope
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:34pm | 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 ...

The Art of Slowing Down (And The Wisdom of Louis Armstrong)
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

This world. It’s so beautiful. And every day, we have the opportunity to relish it. How many days are spent checking off to-do-list items on the backs of receipts? Why do we think we’re so busy all the time? W ...

Into the Shadows: The Origins of Hell and Satan (Part 2 of 2)
Originally Posted: 02/21/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

In Old Testament scripture, the resting place for the dead is called Sheol. While some believe this is the same as hell, there are indications to the contrary. In the ancient Jewish tradition, Sheol is a place ...

Satan and Hell: A Brief History (Part 1 of 2)
Originally Posted: 02/20/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

We can argue day and night about whether fear-based theology is effective, biblically accurate, or even necessary. But it’s worthwhile to consider where our contemporary ideas about hell and Satan even come fr ...

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 ...

Conservatives Vent Disappointment Over Benedict’s Papacy
Originally Posted: 02/19/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, the surprising choice cast a pall over the liberal wing of the flock and left conservatives giddy with the prospect of total victory. ...

Why the Next Pope Should Come from the Global South
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:22pm | 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 ...