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When Catholic schools fire gay teachers, laity push back

RNS () — They taught English, gym, music and fifth grade, and are typically described as “beloved” by their students. … Continued

Pope Francis stirs debate yet again with interview with an atheist Italian journalist

Pope Francis cranked up his charm offensive on the world outside the Vatican on Tuesday, saying in the second widely … Continued

ANALYSIS: Pope Francis stuns the church. But will it have a lasting effect?

RNS () — Pope Francis on Thursday (Sept. 19) rocked the Catholic Church and surprised the wider world with a … Continued

Catholic leaders using Communion as a weapon in the culture wars

Polling shows that ex-Catholics are the third largest religious group in the United States. Many Catholic laity are experiencing a … Continued

Pope Francis says women play a ‘fundamental’ role within the church

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Wednesday (April 3) said women play a “fundamental role” in the Catholic Church as … Continued

More Gospel inclusiveness, please

A journalist recently asked what I thought about possible changes in the Catholic Church with our new pope. He specifically … Continued

Cardinal Dolan: Catholic Church could do better on gay outreach

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the top U.S. Catholic prelate, says the Roman Catholic Church has to make sure that its defense … Continued

Despite censures, Womenpriests movement grows

If heading a religious community is a lonely job for any woman, a Catholic Womenpriest might be the loneliest of … Continued

When the new pope meets the old pope: Awkward?

Now that the cardinals have elected and installed their new boss, Pope Francis can get to work being the Roman … Continued

Honest questions about the Argentine pope

Even as a non-Catholic, I was filled with hope when an Argentine cardinal said to be passionate about serving the … Continued

How will Pope Francis ‘avoid breaking under the strain’?

“In the Curia, I would die.” Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires said this eight years ago, after the … Continued

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

Wanted by American nuns: A pope who listens to and appreciates female leadership

Florence Deacon wants a new pope “with experience of living with a lot of ordinary folks. Someone who understands the … Continued

Pope Benedict XVI’s missing mea culpa

I wish I could see Pope Benedict XVI’s surprise decision to resign on Feb. 28 as a mea culpa for … Continued

The Catholic Church goes online

MAX ROSSI Pope Benedict XVI’s twitter account is pictured on a smart phone in front of the Twitter logo displayed … Continued

Pope to Twitter: Follow me

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

Was Cardinal Carlo Martini the last liberal Catholic bishop?

VATICAN CITY — With the recent death of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, Catholics who call for church reform on issues … Continued

Religious groups vie for Internet space in domain name grab

Religious groups have long vied for prime parcels of land, planting churches on town squares and monasteries amid isolated mountains. … Continued

Philadelphia trial revives Catholic Church sex abuse scandal

Ten years ago, the Roman Catholic sex abuse scandal dominated the headlines with horrific stories of priests preying on vulnerable … Continued

Catholics rally around nuns amid Vatican crackdown

CLEVELAND — Catholics around the U.S. are coming together for prayer vigils as a show of support for America’s nuns, … Continued