Religion & Beliefs

  • Skirts versus cassocks as Catholic women bid for rights

    It will be a landmark review of Church teachings and women want their say: as bishops gather in Rome to review attitudes to modern family life, the "Catholic Women Speak" network is primed for a fierce but uphill struggle. The Vatican needs to "stop speaking about women in order to concentrate on…

  • The Deep Roots Of Mormon Feminism

    Mormons from around the world will tune in to the 185 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint happening on October 3rd and 4th, 2015.Over the past year, three of the senior leadership of the LDS church died and at this meeting their replacements to the church's Quorum…

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  • At the Ground Zero Multi-faith Service With Pope Francis

    I was honored to have been invited by New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan to attend the recent multi-faith prayer service at the World Trade Center with Pope Francis. It was a deeply moving experience and an example of how all of the world's faiths might work together toward humanity's common goals.…

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  • Fulfillment on the playing field

    Earlier this year, a Monitor editorial commended the International Olympic Committee for its efforts to curb “the corrupting influence of sports betting worldwide,” noting that issues such as cheating and sports fixing “have hit several professional sports in recent years ... setting off alarms…

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    Divorce and gays the battleground for stormy Catholic synod

    Catholic bishops are congregating in Rome for three weeks of debate on the family that could radically reshape the Church's approach to the divisive issues of divorce and homosexuality.

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  • Vatican ‘Clarifies’ Davis Meet With Pope

    The Holy See says the pontiff saw Davis with many other people and their meeting was nothing special—not nearly the vote of papal support she claimed.

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  • Statistics Show White Supremacy is a Bigger Threat to the U.S. Than Radical Muslims

    Stats show non-Muslim extremists have killed more people.

  • 10 Ways Right-Wing Christians Are Destroying Christianity

    I've written about how millennials are leaving organized religion and its associated anti-LGBT animus in droves. As a result, the only religions holding on to membership (barely) are ones with super-high birth rates and very conservative views. In the process, conservative faiths are becoming…

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  • Muslims Don't Need Carson's Approval To Be POTUS

    While the right thing to do for anyone running for the highest elected office in the land would be to squash bigotry whenever it rears its ugly head, quite frankly, the American Muslim community does not need Donald Trump to come to our defense nor do we need Ben Carson to affirm that a Muslim can…

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  • Mormons select 3 new leaders; all from Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church didn't go far to select three new members for a top governing body that sets policy and runs the worldwide faith's business operations — choosing two former business executives and a cardiologist from Utah who had already been serving in lower church…

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  • Warren Jeffs' son opens up about secretive polygamous sect

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A son of jailed polygamous leader Warren Jeffs describes how he was manipulated, shuffled around the country and assigned to work crews to atone for his perceived transgressions before leaving the sect last year.

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  • Why The Pope's Mention Of Thomas Merton Was More Controversial Than You Think

    WASHINGTON (RNS) At his speech before Congress on Thursday (Sept. 24), Pope Francis listed Trappist monk Thomas Merton as one of four exemplary Americans who provide wisdom for us today.Out on the National Mall, thousands cheered when the pope named two other exemplary Americans: Abraham Lincoln…

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  • Jim Carrey's Late Girlfriend Was "Purified" Scientologist: Report

    White reportedly took classes at Scientology's Hollywood Celebrity Center months before her death.

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  • Dalai Lama brushes off health fears after cancelling US tour

    Dharamsala (India) (AFP) - The Dalai Lama said on Saturday he was in "excellent" health after doctors told him to scrap a tour of the United States as he returned to his home in northern India.

  • In Australia, seeds of Islamic radicalism sown early

    By Morag MacKinnon SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government's focus on national security and the war on terror to tackle Islamic extremism, rather than social cohesion and inclusion, has helped create an environment for radicalized Muslim youth to emerge in disproportionate numbers, experts…

  • How Donald Trump has found common ground with televangelists

    In a conference room on the 25th floor of the Trump Tower in Manhattan earlier this week, a group of about 40 Pentecostal televangelists and other evangelical ministers gathered in a prayer circle, laid their hands on Donald Trump, and with the exuberance for which many of their congregations are…

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  • New Jersey Priest Accused of Pointing Gun at 8-Year-Old

    Father Kevin Carter allegedly took an 8-year-old to a rectory room at the St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church in Little Ferry, New Jersey, and told the child to stand against the wall, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office said. Carter then "retrieved a long gun from nearby and pointed it…

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  • Saudi Arabia signals easing of tension with Islamist cleric

    The spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood attended a ceremony organized by Saudi Arabia in Qatar on Friday, signaling an easing of Riyadh's hostility toward the Islamist movement. Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, a Qatar-based cleric whose fiery sermons have strained ties with Gulf neighbors,…

  • Vatican fires priest who came out as gay on eve of major church meeting

    The Vatican on Saturday dismissed a Polish priest from his Holy See job after he came out as gay and called for changes in Catholic teachings against homosexual activity on the eve of a major Church meeting on the family. The Vatican took action after Krzysztof Charamsa, a a Polish theologian and…

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