Papal popularity can be a mixed blessing: Some cringe when a pope enjoys strong appeal in secular circles of opinion, for example. And then there's that sticky ecumenism issue. PLUS: Skirmishing over the Synod, and Cardinal Tagle and history.
While lawmakers debate the merits of religious freedom bills that some fear could codify bias against gays and lesbians, others are quietly considering measures that would legalize, or at least study, assisted suicide.
The American churchman has spoken out again, telling an interviewer that gay couples and divorced and remarried Catholics who are trying to live good and faithful lives are still like "the person who murders someone and yet is kind to other people."
The film flatters Christian viewers with the triumphalist message that we are the heroes, that our enemies are bankrupt and miserable, that we will be rewarded and they punished. But that's not just bad art; it’s bad morally as well.
Before Christian clergy use their pulpits to falsely condemn Jews as 'Christ killers' and cursed by God, they should imagine that Jews, the kinsfolk of Jesus, are physically present at all Christian services, not just on Good Friday.
Clearing his calendar for a week in late March, Pope Francis rolled up his sleeves to put the final touches on an encyclical letter about the environment that is expected to present ecology as the ultimate pro-life, pro-poor, pro-family issue.
The English bishops' release of a letter framing their values is a glimpse into what role religion can play in politics; after all, religious frameworks are how many people make meaning of their lives.
Pope Francis appears more popular than ever among American Catholics, and he hasn't even visited the United States yet. But his September trip could well boost his visibility — and appeal — even further.