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Pope Francis’s Comments on Pedophilia in the Church Spark Debate

Pope Francis raises eyebrows by saying pedophile priests include ‘bishops and cardinals.’

No track to sainthood

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Catholic Church. That’s why I feel less … Continued

Catholic leaders using Communion as a weapon in the culture wars

Polling shows that ex-Catholics are the third largest religious group in the United States. Many Catholic laity are experiencing a … Continued

Pennsylvania pastor and church charged in mock raid, kidnapping

HARRISBURG, Pa. — It was supposed to be a realistic lesson on the dangers missionaries sometimes face overseas. But after … Continued

Vatican denies bid to keep Boston Catholic churches open

BOSTON — Groups of Boston-area Catholics who have waged an eight-year battle to block the sale of parish buildings are … Continued

No good choices

As voted by the Religion Newswriters Association’s members, among the year’s most consequential religion newsmakers were Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, … Continued

Converting to Islam today

By Alison Lake This essay is the second in a series about religious conversion. Click here to read Alison’s first … Continued

Child sex abuse and women’s ordination: the Vatican’s immoral equivalency

Open mouth and insert foot–again and again and again. That must be the Vatican motto under Pope Benedict XVI. How … Continued

Vatican’s blame-the-media mode

By Howard KurtzWashington Post media writer I had to chuckle when a top Vatican official accused the New York Times … Continued

Don’t blame the media, blame the abusers

Q:A senior Vatican priest last week compared outrage at Pope Benedict’s handling of sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church … Continued

The Vatican playing victim in the court of public opinion

I had not intended to write another column about the pedophilia scandal that has, at long last, reached the leadership … Continued

Open the books, tell the truth

Pope Benedict the XVI cannot escape responsibility for clerical sex abuse scandals in Europe.

Time to retire the damnable word “moderate”

Overuse of the essentially meaningless word “moderate” has become a blight on American political and religious discourse. I call this … Continued

The Catholic Church’s religious blackmail of secular government

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

Father Polanski Would Go to Jail

THIS CATHOLIC’S VIEW By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. Imagine if the Knight of Columbus decided to give an award to … Continued

Benedict’s Evasive Apology

When the Pope apologizes for anything, his statement generally signifies nothing more than an attempt at damage control in the … Continued

Why the God Delusion Won’t Go Away

A Baltimore mother accused of joining a cult and starving her child says she was acting on her religious beliefs. … Continued

Pope Benedict and the Mystery of Two Worlds

The Question: What can Pope Benedict XVI say and do to repair the growing rifts between the Vatican, the clergy … Continued

Religious Bureaucrats Are To Religion As Military Music Is To Music

Last week, Pope Benedict managed to aggravate both Jews and Protestants–the former by encouraging a form of the mass that, … Continued