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Women Bishops in the UK: All Our Gifts Are Needed For the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

The historic Synod vote in York on Monday reminds us that all of our gifts will be needed for the full exercise of the common good I met my wife, Joy Carroll, at Greenbelt, a summ ...

Church of England Set to Vote on Women Bishops
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

Women’s rights activists greeted with delight signs the Church of England is poised to relent and allow women to be consecrated as bishops. CANTERBURY, England — Women’s rights ac ...

Pope Francis: The Church Needs Better Bishops; Go Find Them
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 6:03pm | Type: Blog

In another strongly worded message to the Catholic hierarchy, Pope Francis on Thursday told the Vatican body that vets nominees for bishops that they need to find him better candidates to send to dioceses arou ...

Church of England to Draft New Legislation on Women Bishops
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

The Church of England’s governing body reaffirmed its commitment to consecrate women bishops with the aim of reaching final approval on an issue that has for so long split the church’s ranks no later than Nove ...

Rick Santorum: Faith-Based Movies Will ‘Rival Hollywood’
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

It’s not the message you might expect to hear from Rick Santorum, the Christian-conservative former presidential candidate: Faith-based films tend to be lousy, and Christians should quit trying to lock modern ...

Who’s in the Running for Pope? 12 Names to Watch
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

What will happen when the world’s cardinals gather before the splendor of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment fresco in the Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope? Who are the “papabile,” as the Italians say, the “pope-a ...

Church of England OK’s (Celibate) Gay Bishops
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

The Church of England on Jan. 4 confirmed that it has dropped its prohibition on gay clergy in civil partnerships becoming bishops — but only if they agree to remain celibate. C ...

Bishops, Families, and Advocates Meet with Congressman to Protect Poor
Originally Posted: 12/04/2012 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, three West Virginia bishops joined by families and advocates pressed the state's politicians to protect poor and working families — or, in other words, the “least of these” — during budget batt ...

Who Speaks for Catholics?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Before the election, several bishops went so far as to threaten their parishioners with eternal damnation if they voted for Obam ...

Who Would Jesus Execute?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Richard Viguerie Jim Wallis interviews Richard Viguerie, a law-and-order co ...

Catholic Bishops Fail to Agree on Statement on the Economy
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

A divided Catholic hierarchy on Tuesday failed to agree on a statement about the economy after a debate that revealed sharp differences over the kind of social justice issues that were once a hallmark of the b ...

Is There a Political Plan B for the Bishops?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

Clearly the political strategy of the bishops is not working. So where do the bishops go from here? As the bishops gather in Baltimore this week for their annual meeting, they li ...

Survey: Gap Between 'Social Justice' and 'Right to Life' Catholics
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

More American Catholics believe their religious leaders should be focused on issues related to poverty and social justice during this election season, rather than spending time and energy on other issues such ...

Catholic Bishop Says Church’s Credibility on Sexual Abuse Is ‘Shredded’
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. Catholic bishops' point man on sexual abuse has said that the hierarchy's credibility on fixing the problem is "shredded" and that the situation is comparable to the Reformation, w ...

Poll: Catholics Side With Bishops on Religious Liberty, But Warm to Obama
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

A new poll shows that American Catholics tend to agree with their bishops’ concerns that religious liberties are at risk in the U.S. Nevertheless, Catholics seem to be warming to President Obama. ...

Catholic Bishops Told to Follow Their Own Policies Against Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

Amid continuing headlines about cover-ups of child abuse in the Catholic Church, an oversight board of lay Catholics on June 13 warned the nation’s bishops that they must follow their own policies against abus ...

In ‘Cordial’ Dialogue, Vatican Asserts Control Over U.S. Nuns
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

Leaders of an umbrella group that represents the majority of U.S. nuns met with top Vatican doctrinal officials on June 12 in an atmosphere of “openness and cordiality,” according to a Vatican statement. ...

Episcopal Bishops Ask Obama for Continued Aid to Middle East Hospital
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

A group of Episcopal bishops is asking President Obama to help assure that a United Nations agency continues to support a diocese-run hospital in the Gaza Strip. WASHINGTON — A gr ...

U.S. Nuns Rip Vatican Over 'Unsubstantiated Accusations'
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

The unexpectedly strong pushback to the Vatican may be an indication of how much backlash the campaign has sparked among Catholics, who value the sisters’ longstanding ministry in education, health care and so ...

Protestant Preaching Prof on Solidarity with U.S. Catholic Nuns
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 8:21am | Type: Blog

Then she noted that when Elizabeth saw Mary, the baby leapt in her womb in recognition of Jesus – a sign that women often come to theology through the experiences of their bodies. 
Lundblad said wryly, “Surel ...

Catholic Bishops to Scrutinize Girl Scouts
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are reviewing the church’s long-standing ties to the Girl Scouts of the USA after complaints that some of that venerable organization’s programs might contradict church teac ...

What You Can Do To Support NETWORK and Catholic Sisters
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Ever since the Vatican and the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Conference issued their recent highly critical report of the advocacy organization NETWORK and the Leadership Conference of Women Religion, the associ ...

When It Comes to Welfare Reform, Britain is Not So Great
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

My hope is that, thanks to courage and action from the church and others in the UK, the government will realize that there is more to governing that simply balancing the books. Ga ...

The Spiritually Viral Hunger Fast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The hunger fast for a moral budget has gone spiritually viral. Ten days ago, we announced at the National Press Club that the budget debate had become a moral crisis. The hunger f ...

Middle East Martyr-Christians
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

One of the most precious artifacts I have in my office isn't an ancient coin or oil lamp. It is a business card. From northern Iraq.</p> One of the most precious artifa ...

Why I Remain a Catholic Priest, Despite Scandal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A friend tells me that she finds it difficult nowadays to admit that she is a Catholic. A friend tells me that she finds it difficult nowadays to admit that she is a Catholic. My ...

'Doing God's Work': A Moral Case for Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As financial reform legislation stalls in the Senate for the moment and embattled Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein testifies today before a congressional subcommittee, faith-based organizations an ...

U.K. Catholic Bishops Address Abuse Scandal 'Directly and Unambiguously'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Late last week, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales released an <a href="http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/catholic_church/media_centre/press_releases/press_releases_2010/statement_by_the_catholi ...

Another Vatican II Moment for the Catholic Church?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

These are dark days for Catholics and our church. The clergy sexual abuse scandals are a source of profound pain and raw anger. These are dark days for Catholics and our church. T ...

Open Letter from Hans Kung to Catholic Bishops
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We wanted to make sure that folks saw <a href="http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2010/0416/1224268443283.html" target="_blank">this letter</a> that circulated in the ...

Vatican II 101: Social Justice is Part of Catholic Identity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Writer James Carroll, in his recent book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0547336268?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;cre ...

A Flawed Step Forward on Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#693999782_w46kY"></a>We all know how much the media love conflict, and they have fallen ...

A Torture Apologist's Flawed Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

The <em>Washington Post </em>has a new op-ed page writer drawing scrutiny for his hearty endorsement of "enhanced interrogation," which translated from Orwellian into English means tortur ...

The Pope vs. Climate Change Deniers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The recent blizzard of bunk coming from climate change deniers giddy over the recent Snowmageddon that paralyzed the nation's capital is a classic case of putting ideology and politics before scien ...

The Archbishop and the President's Common Problem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>The best lack all conviction, while the worst<br /> Are full of passionate intensity.<br /> --William Butler Yeats, from "The Second Coming"</p> ...

The Murphy Report on Clergy Sexual Abuse: Why We All Need Accountability
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The day the <a href="http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/1127/1224259546533.html">Murphy Report</a> on clergy sexual abuse of children in Dublin, Ireland was recently release ...