SALEM, Ore. — Peter Rasmussen supported Oregon’s Death with Dignity ballot measure in the 1990s, and his medical career at times took a hit from his controversial stance.
NEW YORK (RNS) Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said he expects the pontiff to travel to the U.S. border with Mexico when he visits that country in February — a stop that could fuel further criticism of the pontiff from conservative Catholics opposed to the church’s support for immigration reform.
NEW YORK (RNS) Despite intense opposition from some conservatives and new revelations of financial scandals in the Vatican, Pope Francis is at peace with his reformist course, says Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga.
(RNS) Last week, we were assured that bandying about with severed pig heads is protected expression. It is protected even when accompanied by shouts of “Muslims burn in hell!” in the middle of a Muslim festival.
(RNS) Their Muslim traditions, they say, prohibit women other than their wives or relatives from touching them.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) The internal investigation is part of a drive by Pope Francis to give Vatican financial authorities free rein to dig deep, overruling some cardinals who would prefer to forget the past.
ROME (RNS) A passionate manifesto signed on Nov. 16, 1965, on an altar in the Roman catacombs pledged bishops to live simply to be close to the poor. Known as the Pact of the Catacombs, it was supposed to represent a new chapter in church history but instead became a footnote — until the election of Pope Francis.
(RNS) I suspect that the support for same-sex marriage is evidence of what millions of Americans think they are supposed to say, rather than what they really believe.
(RNS) Americans as a whole are growing less religious, but those who still consider themselves to belong to a religion are, on average, just as committed to their faiths as they were in the past.