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Methodist court sidesteps changes to gay policies

RNS () — The United Methodist Church’s highest court issued three rulings this weekend that do not change church policy … Continued

Vatican urges a slowdown in the rush to reform

ROME — Pope Francis has earned headlines worldwide with his reform-minded comments on any number of topics, from the church … 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

Pope Francis to announce date when popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be made saints

Pope Francis is expected Monday to announce the date when he will make saints of two of contemporary Catholicism’s most … Continued

Pope Francis identifies with regular Catholics

Pope Francis made a significant push Thursday toward his vision of a more pastoral, less doctrinaire Catholic Church, saying the … Continued

Pope Francis: A ‘good Christian’ prays for bad politicians

ROME — Wading into ongoing debates over religion and politics, Pope Francis on Sunday (Sept. 15) gently chided Christians to … Continued

Bishops rebuke critics of Catholic Relief Services

WASHINGTON — U.S. Catholic bishops rebuked conservative critics of Catholic Relief Services, flatly denying charges the group has wavered in … Continued

Rick Santorum: Faith-based movies will ‘rival Hollywood’

ST. LOUIS — It’s not the message you might expect to hear from Rick Santorum, the Christian-conservative former presidential candidate: … Continued

Cardinal Dolan and America’s troubled Catholic Church

Cardinal Timothy Dolan waves while processing through St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. (Seth Wenig — … Continued

The Catholic Church can’t change

Alessandra Tarantino AP Pope Benedict XVI arrives for his weekly general audience at the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, … Continued

Immigration as redemption for U.S. bishops

Washington’s 2013 effort at comprehensive immigration reform offers a chance at redemption to the United States bishops. For what I … Continued

The new (old) Catholic Church

On the Feast of the Holy Family, I went to Mass in my hometown’s Cathedral in Colorado Springs – a … Continued

Sister Simone Campbell, ‘Nun from the Bus,’ calls GOP budget ‘immoral’

Sister Simone Campbell, who led the “Nuns on the Bus” tour for social justice this summer, called the GOP budget … Continued

Do the American nuns have a future?

ST. LOUIS — Catholic sisters gathered here for their annual assembly on Thursday (Aug. 9) intensified discussions aimed at thwarting … Continued

Legacy of Vatican II at heart of dispute between Vatican, U.S. nuns

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — Fifty years after Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council to modernize the Roman Catholic Church, … Continued

Vatican showdown the latest chapter in Sister Pat Farrell’s dramatic life

Though she is at the center of one of the biggest crises in the Catholic Church today, Sister Pat Farrell … Continued

Catholic theological society issues statement in support of Sister Farley

ST. LOUIS — The board of the nation’s largest association of theologians issued a statement Thursday (June 7) in support … Continued

Nuns push back on Vatican report, calling it unsubstantiated and scandal-causing

JIM WATSON AFP/GETTY IMAGES A building in Silver Spring, Maryland, April 23, 2012, which houses the office for the Leadership … 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

Catholic bishops to scrutinize Girl Scouts

The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are reviewing the church’s long-standing ties to the Girl Scouts of the USA after complaints … Continued