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Catholic Church still plagued by cardinal sin

View Photo Gallery: Cardinals from around the world gathered inside the Vatican for their first round of meetings before the conclave … Continued

Is Cardinal Mahoney’s censure a sign of a new Catholic Church?

Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP Photographs of children who where abused by members of the catholic clergy line the sidewalk during … Continued

Pope to Twitter: Follow me

The leaders in Catholic online media offer their blurbs on Pope Benedict’s entrance into the “Twittersphere.”

Vatican: U.S. Catholic sisters, nuns making serious theological errors

View Photo Gallery: In light of the Vatican’s action on Wednesday, here is a list of nuns who have become known in the … Continued

Report: Accused priests served in more than half of Chicago’s parishes

By Michelle Boorstein The country’s biggest advocacy groups for victims of Catholic clergy sexual abuse released a study today contending … Continued

“No pedophilia crisis” says Catholic League

According to Dr. William Donohue of the Catholic League, the Catholic Church does not have a “pedophilia crisis.” His opinion … Continued

Sex and religious beliefs

1….Do your religious beliefs exalt or stigmatize sex (or both)? 2…. Is religion a useful tool for helping young people … Continued

Can Lady Gaga make chastity cool?

By Elizabeth Tenety What the religious right has tried to achieve for years one pop goddess achieved this week in … Continued

A criminal matter, not a spiritual one

Q:A senior Vatican priest last week compared outrage at Pope Benedict’s handling of sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church … Continued

The Church’s moral accountability

Last week was a remarkable time for victims of abuse by Catholic clergy and for the Vatican. The week will … Continued

Catholic views on health care reform unchanging but complicated

By Michelle Boorstein Catholic clergy may be weighing in increasingly on the health care debate, but polling seems to show … Continued

Catholic clerical narcissism

It’s all right for the groundhog to become enamored of his own shadow, but it’s unbecoming in Catholic clergy. Narcissism, … Continued

When Catholic bishops control health care for all of us

Q: U.S. Catholic bishops are defending their direct involvement in congressional deliberations over health-care reform, saying that church leaders have … Continued

Saving the Priesthood from Post Haste

Having lived through the unfortunate sartorial period known as the 1980s, I can report that more stylish an outfit then, … Continued

Father Cutié’s Indulgences

A few days before he was caught indulging himself with an attractive woman on a South Florida beach, the now-dismissed … Continued

Saving Sergeant Vanek

A small manila envelope I opened this past January contained a Mass card and funeral program for Sgt. Joe Vanek. … Continued

Saddleback Forum — a Catholic View

As a Catholic priest I found the Civic Forum at Saddleback Church a bit weird. I kept wondering what would … Continued

Meanwhile, Back at McCain Headquarters . . .

Barack Obama, that spry Prometheus of the Religious Politicking Heavens, graciously offers observers of Faith and Values outreach something to … Continued

Action on Abuse Too Late but Not Too Little

Pope Benedict XVI’s first message to Catholic America on his historic 2008 visit came early – on the airplane, in … Continued

Why I Am Not a Nun

With next week’s sober Easter Tridduum just around the corner, I paid a final Lenten visit to my spiritual director. … Continued