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Francis, the peace pope

Francis’ anti-war rhetoric is quickly earning him a unique place in papal history.

Pope Francis pleads for peace in Syria while prominent Catholic lawmakers support military action

Despite the pope’s plea to put down arms, many Catholic politicians are making a different argument about morality of warfare, particularly around the obligation to use force, when necessary, to protect innocent life.

Francis, a pope for all Catholics (especially Millennials)

Francis’ papacy is cause for Catholics, especially millennials, to bring back the word “papist.”

Rick Santorum: ‘More Catholic than a conservative’?

View Photo Gallery: Scenes of religious faith meeting politics in the 2012 campaign. What does it mean to be a Catholic … Continued

Newt Gingrich: a Catholic running against Islam?

David Goldman AP FILE – In this April 13, 2011 file photo, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich arrives for a … Continued

Activist: Many Maryland Catholics support same-sex marriage, extending legal protections to all families

By Francis DeBernardo Faithful Catholics who follow the debate on same-sex marriage have grown accustomed to our bishops making embarrassing … Continued

The right to Episcopal authority

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

Getting Linker’s “Religious Test” wrong

Unorthodoxy By Patrick J. Deneen Damon Linker – former editor of “First Things” and author of the book Theocons – … Continued

Lots of preaching, little governing

I called the Tea Party “civil religion” promoting old-fashioned Nativist notions against Americans of diverse religions and races. Little in … Continued

Catholics don’t want to be told how to vote

By Frances Kissling Seems like everyone is urging me to vote. I get a dozen or so messages each day … Continued

When bishops go rogue

The word “agony” describes the rosary’s first Sorrowful Mystery. It also describes the pain felt in the clash of opinions … Continued

Archbishop Condemns Obama Administration’s “Culture of Death”

By Jacqueline L. Salmon For conservatives seeking a buck-up in these bleak times, the always lively Archbishop Raymond Burke did … Continued

Local Bishops Skip National Catholic Breakfast

By Jacqueline L. Salmon Washington D.C. Archbishop Donald Wuerl and Arlington, Va., Bishop Paul Loverde will attend neither the National … Continued

Randall Terry’s Unexpected Enemies

By Jacqueline L. Salmon Plenty of quiet grumbling is going on among conservative Catholics about Randall Terry, who has kicked … Continued

The Church, the Death Penalty and Abortion

An effort to repeal the death penalty in Maryland has failed, despite strong support from the state’s Catholic governor and … Continued

Something New in the Abortion Debate

After decades of debate over abortion, something new has occurred this year. First, the Democratic Party is now not just … Continued

Biden vs. Bishops: Should Democrats Panic? Pray?

In terms of Faith and Values politicking, it’s been a rough week for the Democrats. Yesterday, while Sarah Palin was … Continued

Biden Not the Faith-Based Answer

In terms of Faith and Values politicking, it’s kind of hard to get psyched up about the prospect of Joe … Continued

Spiritual Mentors a Must for 2008

To the best of my knowledge not one of my former students has ever run for president of the United … Continued

Pope’s Message Mixed, Missed

Pope Benedict XVI may have been flying to Brazil and speaking about Mexico City, but his in-flight words to reporters … Continued