WASHINGTON (RNS) When Pope Francis needs a savvy back channel operator, he often turns to retired Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. “Why don’t you ask McCarrick to go?” the cardinal says of the Vatican’s thinking. “He’s usually willing to do these crazy things.”
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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) House Majority Leader Eric Cantor — the only Republican Jewish member of Congress — lost his primary. The Twitterverse responds.
The Seattle Pacific shooting hero speaks. Did myth steal on march on truth in that “mass grave” story in Ireland? The Pope remains “indisposed.” Plus much more…
(RNS) In 1929, the Vatican effectively ended the option of married clergy in Eastern rite Catholic churches in the United States, citing a fear that Roman Catholics would ask for the same policy.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Last summer, Pope Francis did not take a break and did not decamp to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, a move church officials said was part of his desire to downplay the trappings of the papacy and to save money.
It’s alliteration Wednesday, as you can tell by the headline, so make the most of your morning by reading the religion roundup and the latest from Mississippi’s faith-driven senate primary. Plus the ups and downs of that Rocky Mountain high, and why the Redskins are lobbying the UCC …
WASHINGTON (RNS) Tuesday’s daylong seminar showed how the moral implications of the debate over the role and size of government are playing out most vividly in the Catholic Church.
(RNS) In a world of heart-wrenching suffering, leaders from President Obama to Russia’s Vladimir Putin often seem like helpless actors controlled by events rather than directing them. Pope Francis also risks that fate.
(RNS) Some victims of clergy sex abuse say Pope Francis’ first-ever encounter with victims is simply stagecraft aimed at distracting the public from what they say are the pope’s larger failures to address the abuse crisis.