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Pope Francis is unsettling _ and dividing _ the Catholic right

RNS () — For more than three decades, the Vatican of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI operated on … Continued

Demand legal protection: It’s okay to be gay at work

Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg You can still be fired for being gay in 29 states, and for being transgender in … Continued

NAACP’s William Barber emerges as leader of Moral Monday protests

RALEIGH, N.C. — The throngs of demonstrators who flock to the grassy knoll outside the North Carolina Statehouse each Monday … Continued

‘Nuns on the Bus’ kick off immigration tour

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — With the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop, the “Nuns on the Bus” on Wednesday (May … Continued

Jews worldwide see an ally in Pope Francis

WASHINGTON — Jews worldwide welcomed newly elected Pope Francis as a friend on Wednesday (March 13), and pointed in particular … Continued

What Muslims want in a new pope

Together, Islam and Catholicism represent about 40 percent of the world’s population, so the estimated 1.6 billion Muslims in the … Continued

Even if they don’t follow its rules, Catholics stick with their church

American Catholics are famously indifferent to the directives of their leaders. They don’t follow the rule book on much of … Continued

Not conservative enough?

When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, the surprising choice cast a pall over the liberal … Continued

Retired Los Angeles cardinal punished over abuse revelations

Retired Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony has been stripped of his official duties in an unusual public rebuke by his … Continued

Latino blessing the 2012 election

REUTERS Placards and campaign stickers sit on a table at the Latino regional headquarters for the Obama campaign during election … 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

The biggest slice of Obama’s religious coalition? The unaffiliated

WASHINGTON — The largest slice of President Barack Obama’s religious coalition — at 23 percent — is not very religious. … Continued

Bringing Dharma, Seva, Shakti and Yoga at the Political forefront

As I watched the vice presidential debate last week I saw how comfortable we, as a nation, are about religion … Continued

Pastors to challenge IRS over political endorsements, and they’re likely to get away with it

LOS ANGELES — In a matter of days, some 1,400 American pastors are planning to break the law. And they’re … Continued

From Roman perch, American Cardinal Raymond Burke sparks controversy, exerts influence

VATICAN CITY — When some American Catholics worry that the hierarchy is tilting toward the Republican Party, or taking the … Continued

Is the Catholic hierarchy moving toward the GOP?

A series of recent developments are renewing questions about the Catholic bishops’ alignment with the Republican Party, with much of … Continued

Paul Ryan, Joe Biden: A tale of two Catholics

The 2012 presidential campaign could bear a new subtitle: A Tale of Two Catholics. For the first time in U.S. … Continued

Nuns gather to plot response to Vatican crackdown

ST. LOUIS — As hundreds of nuns met here on Wednesday (Aug. 8) to begin crafting an answer to Vatican … Continued

American nuns call Vatican talks ‘difficult’

Relations between the Vatican and the American nuns who are under investigation seem to be worsening after the sisters said … Continued

Catholic bishops told to follow their own policies against sexual abuse

Amid continuing headlines about cover-ups of child abuse in the Catholic Church, an oversight board of lay Catholics on Wednesday … Continued