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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.

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Can the Catholic Church Change Its Teaching on Divorce?

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

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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.”

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Is James Foley a Martyr?

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

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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.

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Are Christians in America Facing a ‘Babylonian Exile’?

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

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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.

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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.

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Catholic Parishes Go Corporate

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

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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.

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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.

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Baptizing Children of Same-Sex Couples

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.