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Vatican seeks end to remarriage debate before it starts with article on church rules

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Tuesday quashed hopes that there might be some wiggle room on one of its … 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 is lots of hope, very little change

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, left, is welcomed by Pope Francis … 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

Feminism and the future of the Catholic Church

This commentary is adapted from a Berkley Center lecture delivered at Georgetown University on November 5, 2012. The unexpected election … Continued

Marriage equality campaigns: The difference faith makes

AP Anthony Streiff, left, Alex Sand and Nam Dorjee, all of Minneapolis, are in tears when it is announced that … Continued

Why we need feminist theology: Romney and ‘binders full of women’

AP Moderator Candy Crowley, center, applauds as President Obama, right, shakes hands with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the … Continued

Is a catechist Catholic?

Tracy A. Woodward THE WASHINGTON POST Alison Carroll holds a copy of the Profession of Faith on Tuesday July 5th, … Continued

Religious liberty: A cause for all seasons

Patrick Semansky AP Deacons sing during a liturgy in Baltimore, Thursday, June 21, 2012, to kick off the “Fortnight For … Continued

Can the Catholic Church embrace the pill?

The Catholic bishops are in the process of lifting the ban on the birth control pill. The problem is they … Continued

Biblical Satan and GOP rhetoric: Is the enemy within?

Who is Satan and what is he doing in our presidential politics? The figure of Satan is popularly understood as … Continued

Why this Baptist is opposed to the Catholic Bishops on the birth control mandate

In the Baptist tradition, believers come to their own moral reckoning through a reading of scripture as informed through the … Continued

In defense of the Catholic Church

Among many mistaken claims that have been made in the last few weeks, one is that according to many in … Continued

The GOP’s war on women and our right to self-defense

Women in America need to know they have a right to self-defense as they are increasingly subject to an all … Continued

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Homosexuality in Leviticus

Part two of a series of articles on homosexuality in the Bible.

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

Faith-based fear in debates about Islam

By Becky Garrison Close to nine years after the attacks on September 11th, a gaping hole in Lower Manhattan where … Continued

In PBS interview, Cardinal Levada discusses abuse crisis

PBS NewsHour will air an exclusive interview today with Cardinal William Levada, whose office is handling about 3,000 claims of … Continued

Establishment Clause doesn’t limit foreign policy

JUST LAW AND RELIGION Michael Kessler Does the Establishment Clause prevent the President from using or aiding religion as part … Continued

No room in health reform for Mary?

JUST LAW AND RELIGION By Michael Kessler Chuck Norris thinks Obamacare could morph into first-century “Herodcare.” Norris thinks a democratic … Continued