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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

What’s a Christian theologian doing at a conference on secularism?

As a Christian theologian, I gladly accepted the invitation to speak at the conference “Secularism on the Edge: The Church … Continued

An American pope? Eyes turn to New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan

NEW YORK — Walk the streets of Manhattan, especially around St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and ask passersby about Cardinal Timothy Dolan … Continued

Immigration as redemption for U.S. bishops

Washington’s 2013 effort at comprehensive immigration reform offers a chance at redemption to the United States bishops. For what I … Continued

Catholic bishops fail to agree on statement on the economy

BALTIMORE — A divided Catholic hierarchy on Tuesday (Nov. 13) failed to agree on a statement about the economy after … Continued

Lesbian answers bishop’s call for dialogue on gay marriage

SPOKANE, Wash. — What do you do when your spouse of 10 years — the person you’ve spent a decade … Continued

Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Stephen Colbert to star in Catholic comedy slam

NEW YORK — So who is the funniest Catholic in the Western world: New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan or Comedy … Continued

Health care’s messy morality: What’s next for Christians as the Affordable Care Act survives?

Melina Mara The Washington Post Healthcare activists gather in front of the Supreme Court as the decision is announced. Although … Continued

Britain starts talks on legalizing gay marriage

CANTERBURY, England — The British government on Thursday (March 15) launched a 12-week consultation that is widely expected to lead … Continued

U.S. bishops should focus on economy

Ted S. Warren From left, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, of Louisville, KY, vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic … Continued

Rick Santorum to Piers Morgan: Believing ‘eternal truths’ on homosexuality is not ‘bigotry’

Former Pennsylvania Senator and GOP presidential Bruce Smith AP Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum leaves a speaking engagement in Charleston, … Continued

Bishop quotes Bush to quell Islamophobia

By David Waters The United Methodist bishop in Nashville has turned to fellow Methodist and former President George W. Bush … Continued

Sin, secularization and the Vatican’s PR problem

By Michele Dillon Over the past few months, following years of evidence of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests … Continued

Mormon marriage lessons

“The Roman Catholic Church and the Latter-day Saints (LDS) are working together as never before,” was the message from Mormon … Continued

Moral case for financial reform

By John GehringCatholics in Alliance for the Common Good As financial reform legislation stalls in the Senate for the moment … Continued

Benedict should stay – and clean house

Q:Should Pope Benedict XVI be held responsible for the escalating scandals over clerical sexual abuse in Europe? Should he be … Continued

The Catholic church’s bureaucratic lament: “It wasn’t my responsibility”

As I drank my coffee, read the Sunday papers and mused over Pope Benedict XVI’s bureaucratic, responsibility-evading “apology” for the … Continued

A call to penance

Pope Benedict XVI’s recent letter to Irish Catholics is a sensitive and thoughtful response to another painful exposé of sexual … Continued

Catholics in Ireland, Germany await Pope’s letter on sexual abuse scandals

Pope Benedict has signed the first ever papal document devoted exclusively to pedophilia. It is expected to be made public … Continued

Wanted: A Church that listens

By Tom KamArcus Foundation My love for my Church is inspired by people whose lives challenge us to bear witness … Continued