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With a ‘pragmatist’ pope, LGBT hope?

A recent front-page New York Times article called Pope Francis a “pragmatist” on LGBT issues, detailing his support of civil … Continued

Bergoglio: A pope of paradox for a church in transition

VATICAN CITY — A hierarchy looking to make a clear statement about where the troubled church is headed chose on … Continued

Is Cardinal Mahoney’s censure a sign of a new Catholic Church?

Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP Photographs of children who where abused by members of the catholic clergy line the sidewalk during … Continued

To close the gender gap, Mitt Romney should look to Mormon women

In which state do young couples get married, stay married and have many more children than any other? That’s right. … Continued

Pope’s butler to face trial on Saturday

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s most sensational trial since the end of the Inquisition might end fairly quickly — and … Continued

It’s Official: Coke and Pepsi are OK for Mormons

SALT LAKE CITY — Maybe now, reporters, bloggers, outsiders and even many Mormons will accept that the Utah-based Church of … Continued

Orthodox Church in America head Metropolitan Jonah dismissed over alleged rape cover-up

The Orthodox Church in America has announced that it forced its controversial leader, Metropolitan Jonah, to resign earlier this month … Continued

Victims group urges Philadelphia archbishop to defrock convicted priest, Monsignor William Lynn

The leading advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse by clergy is urging Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput to defrock the … Continued

Pope praises American nuns

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Friday (May 18) expressed his “deep gratitude” to American nuns for their “fidelity … Continued

Kicking the can down the road

It’s not pleasant to watch America’s religious leaders imitate our politicians when they expropriate political cliches to explain or delay … Continued

Is Benedict becoming a papal enforcer?

WASHINGTON — As Pope Benedict XVI marked his seventh anniversary as pope on Thursday (April 19), many Catholics were wondering … Continued

Judge rules for breakaway church in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Wading into sensitive church-state territory, a Missouri judge has ruled in favor of an independent-minded Catholic church … Continued

Pope to find challenges, opportunities in Cuba

VATICAN CITY — Two weeks before Pope Benedict XVI was scheduled to touch down in Cuba, a small group of … Continued

Panel says bishops have the last word on Catholic theology

VATICAN CITY — The task of giving the “authentic interpretation” of the Catholic faith ultimately belongs to bishops, not theologians, … Continued

Bishops seek forgiveness for clergy abuse

VATICAN CITY — Bishops and religious leaders on Tuesday (Feb. 7) held an unprecedented service of repentance in Rome, seeking … Continued

Has religion made the world less safe?

The Bible depicts a world that, seen through modern eyes, is staggering in its savagery. People enslave, rape, and murder … Continued

From Jesus’ socialism to capitalistic Christianity

A truly strange thing has happened to American Christianity. A set of profound contradictions have developed within modern conservative Christianity, … Continued

Methodists, Muslims and Jews: Learning together to lead together

By Jerry D. Campbell President, Claremont School of Theology Almost a decade now after the fateful events of Sept. 11, … Continued

Reason is the star of “Agora”

If, like me, you have an atavistic hunger for cinematic epics set in the ancient world but are sick of … Continued

It’s about Biblical social justice, not Wallis or Beck

Q:Fox News commentator Glenn Beck claims that faith-based calls for “social justice” are really ideological calls for “forced redistribution of … Continued