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Are atheists taking over? Signs abound, from Francis interview to Virginia’s governor race

Are atheists taking over the debate?   In the past weeks, Pope Francis gave an interview to an atheist journalist in … Continued

At the United Nations, the Vatican is Church and State. That Needs to Change.

In order for the pope’s new turn to have an impact, the UN must start by recognizing that the Holy See is not a state and should have no greater representation than any other religion.

N.Y. Freethought Trail traces nonbelievers’ historic course

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. — More than 29,000 people visit the Women’s Rights National Historical Park each year, where they sit … Continued

Former charity head confirmed as U.S. ambassador to Vatican

RNS () — The U.S. Senate has confirmed former Catholic Relief Services head Ken Hackett to be the next ambassador … Continued

Why the Anti-Abortion Movement Must Start by Changing the Culture

If we are serious about stopping abortion, we must be serious about engaging people.

Report: ‘Catholic McCarthyism’ threatens bishops’ anti-poverty push

Conservative activists are threatening the social justice mission of the Catholic Church just when the country needs it most, a … Continued

Questioning the Abortion Worldview

How can scholars agree on the science surrounding abortion but not its moral responsibility?

Irish abortion debate reflects growing church-state tensions

DUBLIN, Ireland — Ruth Bowie was in the throes of grief when she found out she would never know her … Continued

40 years after Roe, abortion remains legal – but restricted

WASHINGTON — Forty years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion, the constitutional right many Americans take for granted is coming … Continued

Four priests, four friends: Bishops witness historic changes in Catholic life

Whether by accident, serendipity or divine design, four future heavyweights of American Catholicism found themselves in the Class of 1962 … Continued

Election 2012: Sex, lies and videotape

AFP/GETTY IMAGES A man fills out paper work to participate in the final day of early voting at the Lancaster … Continued

ANALYSIS: As Mitt Romney moves to the middle, anti-abortion activists try to cover his right flank

As Mitt Romney has moved to the center in an effort to overtake President Barack Obama in the campaign’s homestretch, … Continued

Eliminating workplace discrimination brings us closer to the values of our nation

AP The U.S. Capitol seen in the reflecting pool on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. In June, … Continued

Mitt Romney, Mormon: This I know

View Photos: “I know that Mormonism can foster thoughtful deliberation and humanity; are these also features of Mitt Romney’s Mormonism?” asks … Continued

‘Old Catholics’ embrace new movements

Archbishop Michael Seneco, of Washington, D.C., is a gay man who plans to marry his longtime partner in September. Bishop … Continued

Is ‘the real war on women’ in the Middle East?

“Why Do They Hate Us,” asks Arab journalist, Mona Eltahawy, in her essay for Foreign Policy magazine. Eltahawy goes on … Continued

Rick Santorum, the cherry-picking Catholic

He has seven children, attends a Latin Mass and has driven issues of reproductive rights back into the center of … Continued

The faux birth control debate

According to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, while most U.S. Catholics support both the new federal directive that … Continued

Going where no pope has gone before

In an interview with journalist Peter Seewald, Pope Benedict XVI said that condom use may be acceptable under “exceptional circumstances” … Continued

Why the religious right has a permanent political edge over secular America

If you believe any of the hogwash about the irrelevance of the religious right to this election, take a look … Continued