VATICAN CITY (RNS) Anticipation is mounting for a series of closed-door discussions on Thursday and Friday, when the cardinals will hold what are expected to be frank talks about issues such as contraception, cohabitation, gay marriage and whether divorced and remarried Catholics can receive Communion.
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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) The emergence of punitive measures against gay people in various countries has opened a stark and public fissure among church leaders in different nations. The divisions are also raising questions about whether Pope Francis needs to take action.
Is believing in fate a way for us to avoid hard decisions? Is the Shroud of Turn older than we thought? Is the death penalty on the way out? And the latest in the religious debate over “Frozen.” Of course…
(RNS) A group of leading Catholic activists and academics has renewed its criticisms of Catholic University of America over a large gift from the billionaire industrialist and conservative funder Charles Koch, and over statements that seemed to endorse Koch’s stands against climate change and the right of public workers to unionize.
A U.N. committee rips the Holy See on sex abuse, and other issues. Uncle Phil is on the cover of Billy Graham’s magazine. A Catholic school fires a single woman for getting pregnant, and do we need an “apology cease-fire”?
(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.”
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.