LOS ANGELES (RNS) After he stopped attending Catholic Mass as a freshman in high school, Matt Maher never expected to have a career as a Catholic musician with crossover appeal for evangelicals.
(RNS) Roman Catholics, who are the third-largest sponsor of Boy Scout troops in the U.S., have remained quiet on a proposed policy change to allow gay Scouts. That may be because Catholics are as split as the general population on the question of homosexuality in the Boy Scouts of America.
(RNS) Newark Archbishop John J. Myers is facing fierce criticism for his handling of a priest who attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors in defiance of a court-ordered lifetime ban on ministry to children.
(RNS) As the Senate prepares to take up gun control measures, Catholic bishops have urged new legislation in email blasts and Senate Judiciary Committee testimony. But among the Catholic faithful, there are many that oppose all gun control measures. Call them the NRA Catholics. By Aaron Schrank.
(RNS) “As a Jesuit, Catholic university, there are certain Catholic commitments that Boston College is called to uphold,” Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn said about efforts to shut down an undercover student group that distributes free condoms.
DUBLIN, Ireland (RNS) Most European countries allow abortion on demand during the first trimester, but in Ireland, where there is still a palpable struggle between waning Catholic influence and an increasingly secular state, the friction between the two groups continues to escalate.
(RNS) Pope Francis was once “dazzled” by a young woman he met as a seminarian and even considered abandoning his vocation, he reveals in a newly uncovered interview.
Today Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Vatican. Francis was slowly driven around a sun-drenched St. Peter’s Square in an open-top car, shunning the bulletproof, air-conditioned popemobile preferred by his predecessors. At one point, he asked to stop the car and got out to bless a disabled person.
Much is being said about the new pope’s work with the poor in his native Argentina. But what do those who have benefited from his work think of him? Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo went to the slums of Buenos Aires to find out.
ROME (RNS) Addressing the entire College of Cardinals, Pope Francis noted that “maybe half of us are in old age, which I consider to be the seat of wisdom.”