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Where Does Catholic Doctrine End and Pastoral Practice Begin?

The doctrine-versus-disciple argument could occupy bishops for years, and it often has.

Raymond Cardinal Burke
Can the Catholic Church Change Its Teaching on Divorce?

Meet the U.S. cardinal who wants to prevent divorced Catholics from receiving communion.

Catholic Sisters v. the Koch Brothers

The “Nuns on the Bus” are traveling to 10 key U.S. Senate battleground states to tackle political “dark money.”

Is James Foley a Martyr?

The American journalist’s murder by the Islamic State has Christians debating whether he should be considered a martyr.

Vatican: Defrocked Diplomat Who Abused Children Could Face Extradition

Stripped of his diplomatic immunity, Jozef Wesolowski

 could be sent to the Dominican Republic, where he preyed on young boys.

Are Christians in America Facing a ‘Babylonian Exile’?

Feeling increasingly persecuted, conservative Christians turn to the biblical image of Babylonian captivity.

Iraqi Freedom
Religious Conservatives Call on U.S. to “Destory” Islamic State

A coalition of religious leaders has signed a petition urging for military force to stop the killing of religious minorities in Iraq.

No ‘Pope Francis Effect’ on Capitol Hill Gridlock

Despite the almost universal popularity of Pope Francis, the House of Representatives was unable to muster enough bipartisan support to pass a resolution lauding Francis’s election.

Catholic Parishes Go Corporate

Not just theology: Catholic seminarians go to summer school to learn management skills.

Hobby Lobby Beat the Contraception Mandate. Here’s Why the Nuns May Not

Supreme court’s ruling on the Hobby Lobby case adds fuel to Little Sisters’ fire.

Republicans Woo Evangelical Base with GOPfaith.com

New Republican outreach website unabashedly seeks to re-engage its evangelical base in preparation for the upcoming midterms.

Baptizing Children of Same-Sex Couples

Could the baptisms of children of gay couples become a new battleground?

Operation Noble Eagle
Globe-Trotting Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Is Almost 84, and Working Harder Than Ever

The retired archbishop of Washington is enjoying a second wind under Pope Francis and loving every minute of it.

Pope Francis reviews honor guard with Palestinian President Abbas during arrival ceremony at presidential palace in Bethlehem
The Audacity of Pope: The ‘Francis Doctrine’ Puts the Vatican Back on the World Stage

Pope Francis has returned the Vatican to the global stage to a degree not seen since John Paul II helped end the Cold War.

U.S. Nuns Haunted by Dead Jesuit: The Ghost of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Why a controversial Jesuit theologian from the early twentieth century is in vogue today.

Vatican Threatens Jesuit Theologian in India with Censure

News of the threatened censure of Rev. Michael Amaladoss raises new questions about whether Pope Francis is moving the Catholic Church in a new direction.

The Pope and the President: What to Look for in the Obama-Francis Summit

Reporter David Gibson offers initial ideas on how President Obama’s meeting with Pope Francis could play out.

Top 12 Pastor Stunts: Living as an Atheist is Just the Latest Ministry Gimmick

The rise of the entertainment industry and a focus on marketing techniques have sparked a penchant for ministry gimmicks.

Pope Francis Picks Cardinals Who Point the Way to Catholicism’s Future

Pope Francis’ choice of new cardinals confirms the unique characteristics and goals of his papacy.

Peace Activist John Dear Parts Ways with the Jesuits

Following years of disagreements, the prominent peace activist and Jesuit priest has left the Society of Jesus — the same order of Pope Francis.