(RNS) As the monotheistic Abrahamic religions began to spread, “pagan” took on negative connotations as the antithesis of the “true faith” of the monotheists. Pagans were polytheists who believed in various gods and held to questionable moral codes.
Articles tagged “Catholicism”
(RNS) At 24, Dolores Hart, the actress who gave Elvis his first on-screen kiss, gave up a promising Hollywood career to begin life as a cloistered nun. Fifty years later, she writes a memoir to explain her choice to a world that is perhaps even more enamored of celebirty than it was in 1963.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Lutheran leaders have warned the Vatican that the creation of a structure to welcome conservative Lutherans into the Catholic Church would harm dialogue and damage ecumenical relations.
AVA, Mo. (RNS) Some monasteries make jelly, creamed honey, even world-class beer. For the last 25 years, the Trappist monks of Assumption Abbey here in the foothills of the Ozarks have made fruitcake. By Kellie Kotraba.
(RNS) A new survey shows that nearly a year after the Catholic Church introduced a new Mass translation, worshippers have by and large accepted – and even welcomed – the changes. By David Gibson.
(RNS) Catholicism’s social justice teachings have often been called the church’s “best-kept secret,'' and after Thursday night’s vice-presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan that may still be the case. A question about abortion was the only one linked directly to the candidates’ shared Catholic faith. By David Gibson.
(RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops' point man on sexual abuse said that the hierarchy's credibility on fixing the problem is “shredded.” By David Gibson.
(RNS) The Roman Catholic Church and an evangelical megachurch are among the religious groups applying for newly available Internet domain names. But as .com and .org are replaced by more specific online addresses, should names such as .Catholic and .church be under the control of religious partisans? By Daniel Burke.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican offered a breakaway traditionalist group a solution to re-enter the Catholic Church, as the final word on negotiations that lasted almost three years seems to be imminent. By Alessandro Speciale.