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What does Christine O’Donnell believe about God?

By Elizabeth Tenety Much has already been written about Christine O’Donnell, “the Sarah Palin and Tea Party backed candidate” who … Continued

Memo to Pope Benedict: quit hostile Britain, try the U.S.

By Gustav Niebuhr Dear Pope Benedict: From what I’ve read, no one expects you to have a very pleasant time … Continued

On Churches and Dictators: The Pope Comes to Britain

By Eric Heinze If Pope Benedict XVI doesn’t go down as one of history’s most beloved pontiffs, he’ll certainly go … Continued

Hawking and the pope

New theories make a creator of the universe unnecessary, says Stephen Hawking in his latest book The Grand Design, co-authored … Continued

Decent Work for Labor Day

Jobs and spirituality rarely occur in the same phrase, yet few states are as soul-destroying as unemployment and for many … Continued

Has religion run its course?

By Martha Woodroof Have organized religions simply run their course? We’re not stuck with them, you know, just because they’ve … Continued

Labor Day religious lessons

As we celebrate Labor Day with barbeques and final trips to the beach this weekend, Americans should take a moment … Continued

Catholics should ‘be not afraid’ in seeking truth

In the memoir Eat, Pray, Love, writer Elizabeth Gilbert gives up her entire way of life to spend a year … Continued

The forgotten pope who challenged Hitler

By Marvin Hier Earlier this year, eighteen Catholic scholars from the United States, Germany, and Australia, took the unprecedented step … Continued

“No pedophilia crisis” says Catholic League

According to Dr. William Donohue of the Catholic League, the Catholic Church does not have a “pedophilia crisis.” His opinion … 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

The logic of Vatican’s linking sex abuse, women’s ordination

by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf As usual, the Vatican’s most recent announcement generated as much confusion and controversy as it did … 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 issues new sex abuse rules; still too weak, victims say

By William Wan The long-anticipated new rules on sex abuse were issued by the Vatican this morning. In the days … Continued

Summer reading for infidels

You may have noticed that the forces of religion are falling into a summer torpor. Even the Vatican is taking … Continued

Story takes critical look at Pope’s early role in abuse crisis

By William Wan Talk in the Catholic world today will no doubt focus on a New York Times story published … Continued

Catholic views of animals

Q: Expensive and time-consuming efforts are being made to rescue and rehabilitate animals threatened by the Gulf oil spill. Do … Continued

The priesthood’s dark valley

Last Friday, at the liturgy marking the end of “The Year of the Priest,” Pope Benedict XVI once again addressed … Continued

Study looks at media coverage of Catholic sex abuse scandal

By William Wan After months of church officials questioning, even attacking at times, the media for its coverage of the … Continued

Not all abortions are evil

It may be that Catholics have overemphasized the child’s right to life and failed to properly include the mother’s right to life in our public discourse.