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After World War I, Church changed mission approach Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018
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World War I and its aftermath changed the map of Europe, but also dismantled the notion of the “state church” in a way that forced the Catholic Church to discover again the authentic meaning of mission, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin. After the war, Pope Benedict XV “was prompt in indicating how the missionary world must Read more

German Catholics’ confusing attempt to allow Communion for Protestants Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018
communion

If you’re a Protestant married to a Catholic in Germany, you might be able to receive Communion along with your spouse in the Catholic Church. Then again, you may not be welcome to do so, or you could find yourself simply unsure. This confusing situation, created by a proposed change to the tradition that the Read more

Is God male? Changes afoot in Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018
god male

The terms for God, in the poetic language of the prayers written for centuries, have almost always been male: Father. King. Lord. And in the Episcopal Church, the language of prayer matters. The Book of Common Prayer, the text used in every Episcopal congregation, is cherished as a core element of Episcopal identity. This week, Read more

Sexual torture of detainees by Emirati officers Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018
sexual torture

The 15 officers who arrived at the prison in southern Yemen hid their faces behind headdresses, but their accents were clearly foreign — from the United Arab Emirates. They lined up the detainees and ordered them to undress and lie down. The officers then searched the anal cavity of each prisoner, claiming that they were Read more

Madam Secretary writer seeks to bring faith to TV Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018
madam secretary

It has been an excruciatingly painful day for Madam Secretary and her staff. A plot to negotiate the release of a kidnapped American aid worker fails, and the young woman — together with others who have been trafficked — is found dead from asphyxiation in the back of a truck in Kyrgyzstan. In the final Read more

Priests have no credibility in marriage preparation Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Priests are not the best people to train others for marriage, according to the head of the Vatican’s office for the family. “They have no credibility; they have never lived the experience; they may know moral theology, dogmatic theology in theory, but to go from there to putting it into practice every day … they Read more

The coming battle to overturn Roe v Wade Comments 0

Thursday, July 5th, 2018
roe v wade

This has been a heady week for the pro-life movement. First, the Supreme Court handed down a favorable decision in NIFLA v. Becerra, agreeing that pro-life crisis-pregnancy centers shouldn’t have to post information about abortion. Then, Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Court’s long-time conservative swing vote, announced his retirement. This has opened the way to what Read more

Lived reality at heart of Francis’ pastoral theology Comments 0

Thursday, July 5th, 2018
Pastorlal theology

The “lived reality of men and women and children and families” and their “sufferings and challenges and joys” are at the center of “a moment of explicit theological renewal that will contribute enormously to the spread of the Gospel in this new millennium,” said San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy (pictured) in a June 26 keynote Read more

Victims’ advocates: Sexual abuse not just a ‘Catholic problem’ Comments 0

Monday, July 2nd, 2018
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Christa Brown of Tennessee has for years called on Baptist churches to set up an independent panel to evaluate allegations of sexual abuse by clergy — such as the youth minister who sexually assaulted her as a teenager — and to keep predators from striking again at another church. Pastor Jimmy Hinton — a Somerset Read more

Transgender and Catholic: A parent’s perspective Comments 0

Monday, July 2nd, 2018
transgender

Fifty years ago this year, the church restored the permanent diaconate, opening the doors to married clergy who brought and continue to bring with them all the joys, sorrows, and complexities of family life to ordained ministry. In the case of my family, that included first-hand experience with LGBT people. In the fall of 2013, Read more