The shift in tone that Pope Francis is bringing to the Catholic Church has serious repercussions for people who follow that religion – and those of other faith systems. As the most prominent religious figure in today’s world, the actions, ideas, and approach of the pontiff...
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William Peter Blatty was a Georgetown University student in August 1949 when he came across a front-page story in the Washington Post titled “Priest Frees Mt. Rainier Boy Reported Held in Devil’s Grip.” Blatty, a devout Catholic, was fascinated by the accounts of the...
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The District of Columbia is looking to join the ranks of Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Tuesday night the District Council passed a bill to legalize gay marriage by an 11-2 margin:
The most vocal opposition came from the Catholic Archdiocese of...
November 24, 2009 | 2:33 pm
I guess not everyone is a “New Moon” nutjob. Not only is the new blockbuster in the “Twilight” series not high-art (duh), but it is, according to the Vatican, a “deviant moral vacuum.”
Monsignor Franco Perazzolo, of the Pontifical Council of Culture, said: ‘Men and women are...
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The Rev. Ed Hinds was found dead Friday in rectory kitchen of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Chatham, N.J. Saturday authorities arrested and charged the church janitor, Jose Feliciano, 64, with stabbing the priest 32 times. From the AP:
The announcement of Feliciano’s arrest...
October 23, 2009 | 10:44 am
Why is it that every story concerning the Catholic Church has to deal with pedophilia, priesthood celibacy or both?
The latest example follows the Vatican’s announcement this week to invite unhappy Anglicans churches to join the Catholic fold. What would make this move rather...
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Remember when former British Prime Minister Tony Blair converted from following the Church of England to following the pope? Well, now he’s given a lengthy interview to the papal newspaper, Osservatore Romano, about his conversion to Catholicism and how faith in God inspires his...
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You’ve likely heard by now that the great senator from Massachusetts, Edward Kennedy, has died.
Kennedy, who succumbed last night after a year-long fight with brain cancer, was a stalwart of the Senate, it’s third-longest serving member, and an iconic figure in American...
July 10, 2009 | 3:59 pm
Tomorrow President Barack Obama will become the 12th American president to have a papal audience. Catholic News Service gives a little history and context:
Obama is continuing a tradition that is only 90 years old.
The first U.S. president to visit the Vatican was Woodrow Wilson,...
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I’ve heard several complaints today about a story from The New York Times about a new “inquisition” into U.S. nuns. Not The Inquisition, but an inquisition.
Written by the excellent Laurie Goodstein—really, she’s one of the best religion reporters out there—the article opens:
June 28, 2009 | 10:35 pm
Here’s a story I neglected to mention last week from The New York Times. It concerns the Vatican’s observatory in Arizona—I once met a priest/researcher from there—and it opens with what the Times’ reporter must have thought was a surprisingly worldly scene:
May 19, 2009 | 1:29 pm
If a shirtless Padre Oprah (the Rev. Alberto Cutié) was racy, I can’t imagine how cable news would describe a Polish priest whose book on sex urges couples to keep it “saucy and fantasy packed.”
In “Sex as you don’t know it: For married couples who love God,” the Rev. Ksawery Knotz...
April 6, 2009 | 12:56 pm
I hardly think being too informal isn’t the biggest issue affecting the atmosphere at Catholic churches. Nonetheless, a few priests in the Diocese of Leeds in England came to the conclusion that it’s inappropriate to say “good morning” after standing in front of the congregation and...
March 30, 2009 | 1:49 pm
Forget Bishop Richard Williamson. Now Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church have Bishop Dadeus Grings to worry about. On Friday, Grings, the archbishop of Porto Alegre, said “more Catholics than Jews have died in the Holocaust, but this is not usually told because Jews own the...
March 16, 2009 | 4:00 pm
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Pope Benedict, trying to defuse a controversy over a bishop who denies the Holocaust, said Thursday “any denial or minimization of this terrible crime is intolerable,” especially if it comes from a clergyman.
The pope also confirmed for the first time that he was planning...
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The New York Times checked in last week on the slow death of the Catholic school system. (Indeed, growth is a real rarity.) The piece is well-written and worth reading. It opens:
It is a familiar drill in nearly all of the nation’s Roman Catholic school systems: a new alarm every...
January 21, 2009 | 7:44 pm
After enjoying a wonderful pastrami sandwich at Langer’s deli, in Los Angeles’ forgotten formerly Jewish neighborhood of MacArthur Park, I walked past this mural on the side of a Salvadoran restaurant. I’ve walked past the mural of Pope John Paul II many times before, but something different struck me about it this time. It felt both completely out of place and altogether beautiful at the same time. Not sure why.
If I remember correctly, the mural was painted to honor the late pontiff on his 1987 visit to L.A.
December 13, 2008 | 3:11 pm