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Can Pope Francis help end the culture wars?

Francis’ words may be the push needed to keep the Catholic faith above the mess of American politics.

Ashes for the unabashedly Catholic

View Photo Gallery: Millions of Catholics and Protestants have the sign of the cross placed on their foreheads as Ash Wednesday … Continued

After Vatican screening of ‘Muslim Scare’ video, a call for dialogue

When he presented an amateur and xenophobic film about the threat of “rising Muslim demographics” a few weeks ago at … Continued

Is this what a Catholic feminist looks like?

One of the clearest fault-lines in American Catholicism concerns the status of women. When American Catholics get angry at something, … Continued

Bishops protest more actions as attacks on religious freedom, call for Catholics to act

As promised, the country’s Catholic bishops are ramping up their campaign against what they see as attacks on religious liberties, … Continued

How Pope Benedict could shape religious freedom in Cuba

Fourteen years ago, Pope John Paul II, great champion of freedom and warrior against communism, visited the island of Cuba. … Continued

U.S. bishops: Obama birth control policy change ‘a first step in the right direction’

Associated Press Administration officials announced a new deal offering ‘accommodation’ to religious liberty concerns over birth control coverage in new … Continued

Study: Strong Catholic support for gay rights

The Public Religion Research Institute team released today the most comprehensive portrait of Catholic attitudes concerning rights for gay and … Continued

Boehner, Pelosi and the split in Catholic America

By Elizabeth Tenety Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (L) hands the speaker’s gavel to incoming House Speaker John Boehner … Continued

Archbishop Dolan goes to bat

In a surprise, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was elected President of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) apparently … Continued

American Catholic Church shoots Itself in the foot–again

On the heels of a small meeting to discuss the pressing need for better-trained priest-exorcists, the United States Conference of … Continued

By Francis DeBernardo, Marianne Duddy-Burke, Casey Lopata, Nicole Sotelo Today is National Coming Out Day, a day set aside as … Continued

Religious literacy crucial to understand Pakistan flood response, mosque debate

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marhall There’s a Ghanaian proverb that goes, roughly: “Plenty of meat and fish does not … Continued

Not even all Christians follow same path

Q: Are all religions the same? The Dalai Lama, who just celebrated his 75th birthday, often refers to the ‘oneness’ … Continued

Always raise concerns, but never make policy

Q: U.S. Catholic bishops are defending their direct involvement in congressional deliberations over health-care reform, saying that church leaders have … Continued

“Love the alien as yourself”

This Catholic’s View By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. Octavio Gonzalez, a graduate of Georgetown University, would be picking corn and … Continued

Bishops Want Health-Care Reform

THIS CATHOLIC’S VIEW By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. In the Gospels, Jesus spends much of his time trying to teach … Continued

The Scoop on Obama’s Gift to Pope Tomorrow

By William Wan What do you get for a man who already possesses leadership over one-sixth of the world’s population … Continued

Obama , the Catholic Vote and the Bishops

FAITH COMPLEX By Jacques Berlinerblau Consider my interview with Father Thomas Reese of the Society of Jesus to be a … Continued

Las Nuevas Caras del Catolicismo Americano

THIS CATHOLIC’S VIEW By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. It has become a cliché to say that Hispanics are the future … Continued