(RNS) Pope Francis made clear that a chief evil in the church was the “narcissism” of its leaders, even calling the papal court a “leprosy of the papacy.”
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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) “I believe in God, not in a Catholic God; there is no Catholic God. There is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation.”
Father Jim Martin goes on “The Colbert Report” to defend Pope Francis and Richard Dawkins goes on “The Daily Show” to defend atheism. New rules for Catholic chaplains and gay couples in the military, and the Methodist high court will hear a challenge to church teaching on gays.
(RNS) Catholic military chaplains cannot be forced to witness or bless a same-sex marriage, nor are they allowed to take part in any marriage counseling retreats that are open to gay couples under new rules issued by the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Participation in funerals of gay service members is also off-limits. But Catholic commanders may be able to facilitate same-sex benefits if they publicly register their objections.
(RNS) Here are five broader insights that this wide-ranging interview revealed about Pope Francis — and why they will be keys to reading his pontificate, and perhaps the future of Catholicism.
(RNS) More than detailing a list of reforms or policy change he hopes to make, Pope Francis is sketching out a pastoral vision for the church. He’ll need bishops, priests and seminarians who share his views, and the type of change he envisions will take a generation or more.
(RNS) In a lengthy, wide-ranging interview with journalists from his own Jesuit order, Pope Francis makes a number of stunningly frank comments that are likely to rattle the church and to cement his reputation as a leader more concerned with a pastoral approach than a doctrinal hard line. Among other things, Francis said that while […]
(RNS) Pope Francis has given a lengthy, wide-ranging interview with journalists from his own Jesuit order in which he made a number of stunningly frank comments that are likely to rattle the church and cement his reputation as a pastoral rather than a doctrinal leader. Here are excerpts featuring his most provocative comments, plus links to the full transcript.
The Navy Yard shooter practiced Buddhist meditation, but he suffered from severe mental illness. Rick and Kay Warren talk for the first time about their son’s suicide, and Pope Francis gets the Jon Stewart treatment on “The Daily Show” last night.
Richard Dawkins has no problems with “mild pedophilia” or his Anglican culture. But he disses American atheists who sue to ban religious symbols. Focus on the Family is down, Pope Francis is up — but whoa, check out his homily today on Christians who gossip. “Murderers,” he says. That doesn’t appear in his Twitter cloud.