(RNS) After growing criticism that Pope Francis has not given sufficient attention to the clergy sex abuse scandal, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley said Thursday that the pope will create a special commission to advise him and church leaders on ways to address the crisis.
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David Gibson is an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He writes for Religion News Service and until recently covered the religion beat for AOL’s Politics Daily. He blogs at Commonweal magazine, and has written two books on Catholic topics, the latest a biography of Pope Benedict XVI.
(RNS) Pope Francis has captivated the public by embracing disfigured pilgrims at the Vatican, cold-calling the downtrodden and washing the feet of young people at a detention center, but he has yet to meet with abuse victims.
(RNS) Escaping the “gilded cage” of the papal apartments has been a dream of many popes who fear losing touch with ordinary life. Here are five examples, mostly true, of other Catholic churchmen who have gone off the grid.
Yes, leading evangelicals are embracing rap. Religious folks do give more than non-believers. But is it because of their faith or something else? We found the ultimate explainer story, and Pope Francis looks like he is headed to Israel this spring.
(RNS) The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will decide whether for-profit businesses can be treated like religious entities.
The pontiff rocks it again with a detailed new exhortation challenging his own church and ripping “trickle-down” economics. Don’t drink or swear if you are building a Mormon temple. And check out the guy who says he married an agnostic but she turned out to be a Bible-thumper. Really?
(RNS) After repeatedly drawing a line in the sand over the White House’s birth control coverage mandate, a growing number of bishops have begun to push back, arguing that such hard-line rhetoric has put them in an untenable position.
Aldous Huxley also died on Nov. 22, 1963, and left a spiritual mark on our nation’s culture. Dec. 15 is the Second Annual Wear Pants to Church Day for Mormon women. Pope Francis goes to confession, and check out the newly-unveiled frescoes from the catacombs.
(RNS) Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, making him the public face of the American hierarchy. But in quieter ways, four other churchmen may wield more influence where it counts: with Pope Francis.