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Catholic Church Losing Ground in Latin America
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

In just one generation, Latin America has seen the number of people who identify themselves as Catholic plummet, with more people becoming Protestant or dropping religion altogether, a new report shows. ...

New York Archdiocese, One of the World’s Grandest, Shrinks
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

The Archdiocese of New York, with the second-largest Catholic population in the country and an unparalleled place in U.S. church history, is shrinking: Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Nov. 2 announced that nearly a ...

Putting the Immigration Debate in Human Terms
Originally Posted: 04/17/2014 - 8:13am | Type: Blog

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush recently stated that people who come into the country unauthorized to find work and support their families are doing so as “an act of love.” In a Miami Herald op-ed, Archbishop Tho ...

Attendees: They Came, They Saw, They Said...
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 1:11pm | Type: Press

March 20, 2014 Sojo in the News The Tidings ...

Our Lady of the Watershed
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 9:40am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger There are thousands of ways for a church to serve its watershed and all life within it. OUR ...

Catholic Throwback Thursday: Remembering The Other "Bishop Of The Slums"
Originally Posted: 03/26/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Press

March 20, 2014 Sojo in the News The Catholic Review ...

One Year In: The Joyful Surprise Of Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 1:26pm | Type: Press

March 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Questions and Answers About Ash Wednesday
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday. For Christians, Lent is a 40-day season of fasting, reflection, and penance culminating in Holy Week and the Easter Sunday commemoration of Jesus’ ...

PHOTOS: Meet the Pope's Deputies
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 11:00am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Pope Francis' recently named 19 new cardinals—half of which hail from non-European countries—to serve the Roman Catholic ...

Are Those Really St. Peter’s Bones on Display at the Vatican?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

When Pope Francis cradled the small box said to contain nine bone fragments believed to be the mortal remains of St. Peter, the first pope, he fanned the flames of a long-standing debate over the authenticity ...

Pope Francis: We Need You In Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:09pm | Type: Press

September 26, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Brazil Tries to Combat Religious Intolerance of Minority Faiths
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

The couple practiced Candomble, an African-Brazilian faith with roots in Brazil’s slave trade. They dressed in white and believed in an all-powerful God who is served by lesser deities, blending Catholicism w ...

Saint G.K. Chesterton? Some Delight, Others Worry About Effort to Canonize Writer
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

Christians and Jews are mounting campaigns for and against a path to sainthood for British writer G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), one of the world’s best-known Catholic converts. Chr ...

The Man I Didn't Want to Love
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 8:08am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis offered an avalanche of Love, a deluge of Compassion, a flight of Hope. What I found most striking as I read the article was the consistency of his theme, no matter how far-ranging the topic. It w ...

The ‘Cold-Call Pope’ Reaches Out and Touches a Lot of People
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

Of all the novelties that Pope Francis has brought to the Vatican, few have endeared him to the public — and unsettled his aides — as much as his penchant for picking up the phone and calling someone out of th ...

The Cardinal on Colbert: Dolan Does Comedy Central
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the most famous funny man in the American hierarchy, went on The Colbert Report Tuesday night to trade ...

Catholic Gift Stores See a (Papal) Bull Market
Originally Posted: 08/12/2013 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

In recent decades, evangelical Protestants have dominated the art of religious retailing, building a national network of bookstores and stamping the Christian message on almost any item that an American consum ...

Pope Pens Personal Message to Muslims at Ramadan’s End
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

In message published on Friday, Pope Francis took the rare step of personally expressing his “esteem and friendship” to the world’s Muslims as they prepare to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fast. ...

A Heartless Cult of Money
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Pope Francis 'Not to share one's goods with the poor is to rob them.' [T]HE MAJORITY OF THE me ...

What About the Women?
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Carol Keehan Pope Francis is clearly on a mission to alter the status quo, but will that extend to greater freedom for women's leade ...

'Simple is the New Chic'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice In John Carr's view, Pope Francis is already shaking up the Catholic Church—and the best is yet to come. ...

Pastor, Prophet, Pope
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stephen F. Schneck Francis—refreshingly candid and seemingly repelled by the perks of the papacy—offers new hope for the Catholic Church ...

Did Pope Francis Change Church Teaching on Homosexuality?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

Blogs and social media immediately exploded with commentary that either hailed — or lamented — the pope’s words as a shift in Catholic teaching on the role of gays and lesbians in the church. But did Pope Fran ...

Paganism is Transforming. Not Everyone Got the Memo.
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Is calling someone a “pagan” a bad thing or a badge of honor? Do we even know what the term means? Is calling someone a “pagan” a bad thing or a badge of honor? Do we even know wh ...

The LGBT Gap, By Religion
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

We all know that when it comes to the acceptance of LGBT folks, religions differ. But what the religions communicate, and how the people in the pews actually feel, are not the same. ...

Mother Dolores Hart, from Kissing Elvis to Joining the Convent
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

The way fans reacted to Dolores Hart’s decision to become a cloistered nun, you might have thought the movie star had announced her intention to kill herself. The way fans reacted ...

Does Pope Francis Endorse Heresy? No, But He Does Raise Questions
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Is Pope Francis endorsing heresy? It might look that way from the eye-catching headlines this week that made it appear everyone was bound for heaven — “even atheists!” — thanks to Jesus’ death on the cross. ...

Pope Francis: God Redeemed Everyone, ‘Not Just Catholics’
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 8:11am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is warning Catholics not to demonize those who are not members of the church, and he specifically defended atheists, saying that building walls against non-Catholics leads to “killing in the name ...

Godless Funerals Thrive in ‘Post-Catholic’ Ireland
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Many newly minted civil celebrants are starting their own businesses as part of Ireland’s “post-Catholic” economy. DUBLIN — Patricia Wojnar left a 32-year career in interior des ...

Catholic Population Surges Across the Global South
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY — Gains in Asia and Africa are making up for losses in Europe among the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, according to Vatican statistics released Monday, signaling a shift of the church’s center of ...

Old-School Confessional Revives Saying ‘I’m Sorry’
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

Confessions among American Catholics have been on the decline for decades, a trend many theologians attribute to changes introduced by the modernizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). ...

Catholics Try Their Hand at Old-Fashioned Evangelism
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

On a recent rainy Saturday, about 125 Catholics packed a basement conference room, many of them older, most of them lay people. Many were representing their parishes. On a recen ...

Colm Toibin’s 'Testament of Mary' Brings Jesus’ Mother Down to Earth
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 4:47pm | Type: Blog

How far can one go in retelling a Bible story, adding things that are not in the original? In The Testament of Mary, Colm Toibin goes a long way. NEW YORK — How far can one go in ...

Irish Abortion Debate Reflects Growing Church-State Tensions
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

Most European countries allow abortion on demand during the first trimester, but in Ireland, where there is still a palpable struggle between Catholic influence and an increasingly secular state. In many ways, ...

Whoever church chooses as pope, his voice matters, say non-Catholics
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 12:53pm | Type: Press

March 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Dennis Sadowski ...

The Pope and the Poor
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 9:59am | Type: Press

March 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Mark Engler ...

'Rebuild My Church'
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 1:35pm | Type: Press

March 14, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Converted, But Still Wrestling
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 8:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Min-Ah Cho From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: Rekindling My Love for Catholicism. Ave Maria Press SOME BOOKS ...

An 'Unsettling:' Non-Catholics and Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

On Wednesday, the white smoke got in my eyes, and rather than confusing my sight, it’s made things a little clearer. When I heard about the white smoke on Wednesday, I wrote on my ...

'Rebuild My Church'
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Will simplicity and social justice become the witness of the Roman Catholic Church around the world — and will it emanate from the first pope from the Global South, which is clearly the growing future of the c ...

Black Smoke: First Day of Conclave Ends Without New Pope
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 6:27pm | Type: Blog

Black smoke from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel signaled that the first day of the conclave ended without the election of a new pope. VATICAN CITY — Black smoke from the chim ...

Cardinals Begin Conclave to Elect the Next Pope
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

The doors of the Sistine Chapel closed behind the cardinals on Tuesday, marking the official start of the conclave that will elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI. The 115 cardinal-electors walked in proces ...

Why the Next Pope Matters
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

Who is selected pope of the Roman Catholic Church matters to all Christians. As the College of Cardinals begins its conclave today in Rome to select the next Pope, I find myself ...

The ‘Tough Guy’ Option: Picking a Pope to Serve as Sheriff
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

Is now the time for a pope who could be more of a Ratzinger than a Benedict? VATICAN CITY — Amid all of the prognosticating about who the cardinals could choose as the next pope i ...

Venting and Vetting: The Brutal Side of Papal Politics
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

From champion of married priests to disgraced churchman within 72 hours, O’Brien’s trajectory is stunning but also emblematic of the frenetic and fever-pitched campaigning that occurs during the tiny window be ...

Vatican: 'We Should Have a New Pope by Easter'
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said preparations for the conclave that will elect Benedict’s successor are in the early stages. A papal election could be expected “within 10 to 15 days,” he said. “We ...

Catholic Priests Pushed to Become Better Preachers
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

At their annual fall meeting this month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted overwhelmingly to accept the new preaching document, their first since 1982. ST. LOUIS -- As ...

Maryknoll Priest Expelled Over Support for Women’s Ordination
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 8:16am | Type: Blog

A long-running struggle between Catholic authorities and the Rev. Roy Bourgeois over his support for ordaining women has ended with Bourgeois’ dismissal from the priesthood and his religious order, the Marykno ...

Liberal Catholics use Election Results to Battle Bishops
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

CNN reports that Catholic activists are using Obama's reelection to take on some of the more conservative bishops. CNN reports: Emboldened by the re-election o ...

New Native American Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Stirs Mixed Emotions
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

Some viewpoints reflect the diverse, seemingly contradictory reactions to the young Mohawk woman who converted to Catholicism more than 300 years ago and will be declared a saint on Sunday. ...