(RNS) “I broke the law and violated the trust of others,” Monsignor Edward Arsenault wrote. “I am prepared to accept the consequences for having done so, to make restitution and to face the penalty for having committed these crimes.”
Author Archives: David Gibson
About David Gibson
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.
Are Republicans reviving Bush’s “compassionate conservatism”? Why did Sen. Mike Lee’s response cite Godzilla and God the same number of times? A nun goes to see “Sister Act,” and has this to say …
NEW YORK (RNS) After years of tensions with various bishops, Priests for Life founder Frank Pavone has complied with demands to straighten out the group’s finances and to become accountable to his home diocese in New York.
Is Disney’s “Frozen” more Christian than C.S. Lewis? A shift in tone and focus for today’s March for Life — if the marchers are up for it. They’re certainly bundled up. Circumcision coverage may be trimmed, and Pope Francis is going to Korea.
(RNS) What will the two leaders talk about? What issues will they avoid? With Pope Francis, anything is possible, but here are some initial ideas on how the summit could play out.
Are Christians speaking out on Nigeria’s anti-gay policies? Pope Francis cleans house at the Vatican Bank and caps spending on canonizations — he may need the money to cover sex abuse cases. Should a “cry-room” be a “judgment room”? The theology of “Battlestar Galactica,” again.
(RNS) The rise of the entertainment industry, combined with a focus on marketing techniques to preach the faith or build up a church, have sparked a penchant for ministry gimmicks that go well beyond the old dunk tank.
(RNS) A church for the poor, a church of the Southern Hemisphere, a church not focused on hierarchical perks, and a church led by pastors and doctrinal moderates: In naming his first batch of new cardinals on Sunday (Jan. 12), Pope Francis made some surprising choices that confirmed where he wants Catholicism to go in the future.
(RNS) The Rev. John Dear has long been known as something of a Lone Ranger type in an order that is known for its powerful communal ethos and its strict vows of obedience.
The “Inferno” was the original Polar Vortex, which is worth remembering. John Allen leaves the National Catholic Reporter for The Boston Globe, and a New Jersey diocese has an “elite” corps of altar boys for the bishop’s Masses. Question: How frum must a lesbian Jew be when she goes to synagogue? What about when an Orthodox Jew plays hoops?