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Fed-up victim nabs his priest abuser in sexting sting

NEWARK, N.J. — The text messages read as if they’ve been ripped from a pornographic novel. Matthew Riedlinger quizzed his … Continued

COMMENTARY: Naming rites link parents to God’s creative work

Naming rites and rituals are seldom in the news — except, of course, when the person in question will be … Continued

Basketball player at Catholic college comes out

Jallen Messersmith has been hearing gay slurs all his life. They first started in middle school when the bullying was … Continued

When students protest abortion, can schools draw the line?

Students with deep religious convictions are fast turning public schools into the newest battleground over abortion much to the dismay … Continued

Dwindling Catholic schools see future in Latino students

LOS ANGELES — Martha Rodriguez always thought Catholic school was expensive and out of reach — not a place for … Continued

When do student prayers cross the First Amendment line?

Students are free to pray in public schools – except when they aren’t. If this sounds confusing, pity school administrators … Continued

Lutheran’comfort dogs’ welcome students back to Newtown school

NEWTOWN, Conn. — As the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School returned to class on Thursday (Jan. 3) for the … Continued

Innovative program helps retain Catholic teachers

CLEVELAND — As second-year teacher Caitlin McGlynn steps to the front of her class at St. Thomas Aquinas School, the … Continued

Is it ethical to defy evacuation orders?

As Hurricane Sandy bore down on the barrier islands of New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie gave stubborn residents one more … Continued

Report: anti-Semitic incidents decline in the U.S.

Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. dropped by 13 percent in 2011, according to a report released Thursday (Nov. 1) by … Continued

Rep. Todd Akin’s remark reflected ignorance — just like much of the abstinence education the Christian right promotes

Let’s stipulate that the remarks Rep. Todd Akin made last week – the ones in which he expounded upon the … Continued

Bullied bus monitor Karen Klein: A feeding frenzy of cruelty

Jamie Germano AP Karen Klein, 68, of Greece, N.Y., talks about the verbal abuse she endured from middle school students. … Continued

What sisters mean to me

Photo via James Martin Father James Martin, SJ, and Sister Mary Johnson, SND, speakers at the Diocese of Springfield’s Catholic … Continued

Baylor and Notre Dame: Baptist-Catholic competition, cooperation

Baylor and Notre Dame are natural rivals on the basketball court who meet Tuesday in the NCAA Women’s National Championship … Continued

Dreaming of ‘A Different World’

Today’s guest blogger is Nico Lang, an intern at Interfaith Youth Core and a senior at DePaul University. Lang co-founded … Continued

How ‘scandalous’ is Ted Haggard now?

It used to be when pastors were disgraced, they simply left town, changed occupations and otherwise made sure they were … Continued

Christmas after leaving the church

By Randy Roberts Potts When I was a kid in the 1980s, I attended a small Evangelical Christian school for … Continued

Jesus’ message for homosexuals: it gets better

By Randy Roberts Potts There is a story in the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 2, about a little old man … Continued

Confessions of a convert to Islam

Three years ago, I embraced the concepts of Islam and made some large changes in my life. This year, a … Continued

The evolution of a Christian creationist

By Rachel Held Evans Good News! Young evangelicals are shifting their allegiance.   Much has been said about the mass … Continued