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Jerry Falwell’s legacy: A thriving Liberty University

LYNCHBURG, Va.(RNS) A crimson-colored “LU,” emblazoned in 11-foot letters on a forested mountainside against a backdrop of white limestone, tells … 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

Roman Catholic leaders need to get rid of their groupthink

Recent events prompt a stating of the obvious. The Roman Catholic Church is not now, nor has it ever been, … Continued

Catholics caught between bishops, Obama’s birth control mandate

Mommy and daddy are fighting, and the anguished children don’t know where to turn. This is the state of the … Continued

Why I’m not going to the National Prayer Breakfast

Let’s see, where will I be eating breakfast Thursday?  I’ve seen some really mouth-watering ads for a new dish at … Continued

Love me do: secular sex as a family value

Q:Do your religious beliefs exalt or stigmatize sex (or both)? Is religion a useful tool for helping young people navigate … Continued

An institution accustomed to kid gloves

Q:A senior Vatican priest last week compared outrage at Pope Benedict’s handling of sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church … Continued

“Bad” popes and bishops

What do Alexander VI, the Renaissance Borgia pope, and today’s Benedict XVI have in common? No, it’s not a sex … Continued

A time for apologies and amends

Q:Should Pope Benedict XVI be held responsible for the escalating scandals over clerical sexual abuse in Europe? Should he be … Continued

Vatican/clerical abuse updates

Latest developments in the Vatican’s response to cases of clerical sexual abuse in Europe and the U.S.: * Pop star … Continued

When bishops play politics

They see themselves as crusaders for human rights–protectors of the innocent, the voiceless, and the powerless. After years of enduring … Continued

Public Officials Defend Secretive Christian Group

By Jacqueline L. Salmon In the latest issue of Christianity Today, Rep. Frank Wolfe and former Ambassador Tony Hall pen … Continued

The Mystery of Sex

Having the sex talk is one of the most important parts of adolescence. Sadly, many political leaders have lost credibility in the conversation.

Gender and Sex Scandals

I follow politics quite religiously. Despite this, reports that New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s having paid thousands of dollars for … Continued

The Real Sex Scandal: Youth Leading the Youth

While America frets about the bedroom activities of its leaders, many young adults across the country and across traditions agonize–most … Continued

Irresponsible Lust, Responsible Sex

We get bored and our minds wander. Wandering minds are seldom exposed and shamed. Certainly, no scandal. How otherwise it … Continued

Not Only in America

It’s not only in America. We get our sex scandals in the UK, from Mark Oaten as Liberal Democrat leader … Continued

Private Actions, Public Consequences

The public fascination with sex goes back to the Garden of Eden. It has been an issue in virtually every … Continued

Sexual Sin: A Private, Not Public, Affair

The American obsession with sex scandals–as opposed, say, to political scandals involving serious violations of individual liberties, abuses of government … Continued