(RNS) Catholic leaders have carefully, if quietly, avoided doing anything to block gay couples from having their children baptized. But a new policy drafted by a Wisconsin bishop is prompting worries these baptisms may become a new battleground.
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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.
Plus an epic correction on the “mass grave” in Ireland, maybe another Mormon excommunication, and the latest on the religious implications of the Mideast mess. Also the reported release of Christian woman condemned to death in Sudan…
Will Pope Francis go to the U.S.-Mexico border next year? Did Fulton Sheen resurrect a dead baby? Can Christians rock?
(RNS) “If the point of this event were to single out a group of individuals and target them for hatred, I most certainly would not be there,” wrote San Francisco Achbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who leads the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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.”
(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.