Posts tagged "catholic church"

The Vatican Sees Opportunity with Wiccans

The UK’s Daily Mail reports that a Catholic publisher has put out a new book on how to convert Wiccans to Catholocism: The guide, published yesterday by the Catholic Truth Society, the UK publishers to the Holy See, was written by Elizabeth Dodd, a former Oxford Wiccan who converted to the Catholic faith. She said...

79: The Class of 2010 Women Religious

Jo Piazza: This was a bad week to be a small survey on women religious, what with prime news real estate being filled with Egyptian unrest, Hollywood rehab and a snowpocalypse of epic proportions blanketing the Midwest. But a small survey on women religious was indeed released this week, on Groundhog Day (better known...

The Dream of Full Unity: The Catholic Church Invites Anglicans to Come On Over

by Elissa Lerner After so much fanfare surrounding the surprise election of Archbishop Timothy Dolan to the presidency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) this past fall, or even the Pope's recent blessing of Facebook, perhaps the greatest shock in the Catholic world is the near silence regarding the three bishops,...

Adult Sexual Assault Victims and the Catholic Church

From Kathryn Joyce's recent article at Religion Dispatches:
Adult victims could comprise up to 25% of all clergy abuse cases, estimates David Clohessy, National Director of SNAP, but often face considerable skepticism about their stories. “In the eyes of the law, victims like Birge are adults. But that doesn’t mean that emotionally, psychologically, in the...

Anglicans Jumping Ship

Chris Armstrong writes at his blog, Grateful to the Dead: Any headline involving the words “Oxford professor” (turns out it’s a church history professor, too!) and “hissy fit” has me intrigued, to say the least. Add the fact that I had no idea what an “Ordinariate” is, and I jumped right on this article from...

Greeting the Pope with Kissing Queers

Spanish gays lined the streets Pope Benedict passed along during his visit there.  Sarah Seltzer points us to video of the kissers, gathered to protest discrimination of homosexuals by the Catholic church.

Bart in Rome

Ashley Baxstrom: The Simpsons are now officially a little holier-than-thou.  Last Sunday's L'Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper, claimed the characters Homer and Bart Simpson for its flock.  The article’s main source, however, has since retreated from the claim (and from the web!  only the Italian version can yet be found online). "Few people...

Our Failed Democratic Experiment

Democracy?  Meh.  We gave it a shot and look what we got:  legalized abortion, gay marriage and welfare.  Time to return the government to a Catholic monarchy, says Michael Voris in a video for RealCatholicTV, posted at Richard Dawkins' site.  But don't watch the video for its call to "limit the vote to faithful...

Anglican Schism and the Future of Christian Communities

At the end of a brief post yesterday about failure of bishops to solve the potential schism that ordination of women may cause in the Anglican communion, Joanna Brooks asks this question: "Will diverging perspectives on gender and sexuality determine the shape of the 21st-century Christian world?" It's a question that only begs more:  Does...

Pontifigate: Flanders Ignites!

Mary Valle: It was a holy card from the bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, to the niece of his nephew with a message inside "on the importance of a healthy childhood" that so enraged his abuse-victim nephew; a close friend of his threatened to "email messages to all of Belgium's bishops" spilling the beans. Vangheluwe, who...

Smear the Pope

Diane Winston, Knight Chair in Media and Religion at USC and friend of The Revealer, writes at her blog, The Scoop, about criticism The New York Times has received for it's recent story about Pope Benedict's role in covering up sexual abuse in the church:
Critics complain that the Times is out to...

The Official Catholic Twilight Review

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of Film and Broadcasting (evaluating "according to artistic merit and moral suitability") has finally released their review of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.  From the review: