Posts tagged "CATHOLICISM"

America’s Buddhist Sister Act

Ashley Baxstrom:  In case you missed it - we’ve already covered that Catholic nuns are having a hard time of it of late, what with the Pope calling them radical and all. But we just wanted to shine another spot of light into all that darkness. Good news under the general heading of...

The Pope Has Left the Island

  By Nora Connor Pope Benedict completes his pilgrimage to Cuba today, having wrapped up his “pastoral” visit to Mexico, in which he tidily summarized that nation’s struggles with the drug war-industrial complex:
The pope also addressed Mexico’s struggle against violence...

The End of Our Affair with Gossip Girl?

Jo Piazza: After five seasons of defying everything good and holy, capitalizing on debaucherous underage sex and drug abuse, using a ménage a trois in a national ad campaign and generally creating some of the more deviant characters on primetime television, Gossip Girl has found god—the Catholic version no less. And they have done it by appropriating the...

Whose Heaven is for Real?
Or, Jesus Looks A Lot Like Kenny Loggins

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo, Lynn Vincent, Colton Burpo (Thomas Nelson, 2010) by Mary Valle Perhaps all you really need to know about this book is that it is for sale at my local discount supermarket, the un-mellifluously named Industrial Food Product...

JFK Loved LDS, You Should Too!

Kelly Smurthwaite at ksl.com writes that while prominent news outlets are citing the Mormon faith of two GOP hopefuls, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr., as a potential "weakness," "prominent politicians and presidents of the United States have spoken in favor of members of the LDS faith, stating the good that members of the...

Haitian Spirits: A Photo Essay by Les Stone

introduction and curation by Abigail Ohlheiser They're women and men (but mostly women) bathed in light, bathed in water, eyes to the sky, some touching and wearing crosses. They're possessed by spirits, dancing on dirt floors, fire in their mouths....

Democracy and Faith

From Jan-Werner Müller's article in the November/December Boston Review titled, "Making Muslim Democracies": In the case of Christian Democracy, believers needed to be convinced that the party had not sold out to secularism (of which liberal democracy seemed merely one symptom); nonbelievers needed assurance that religiously inspired parties would not abandon state neutrality in religious affairs...

Religious Studies in Illinois

An excerpt from the letter that Dr. Kenneth J. Howell sent to his University of Illinois "Introduction to Catholicism" students in preparation for a test, below.  After a student anonymously complained that the letter constituted "hate speech," Dr. Howell was removed from his position.  Alliance Defense Fund has taken up a law suit...

Good Catholics

01 March 2006 Alan Cooperman reports on the joint statement released yesterday by 55 Catholic Democratic House representatives, as part of a long-delayed reaction to the way John Kerry’s Catholicism was questioned and dismissed as that of a “bad Catholic” due to his support for abortion rights during the 2004 election campaign. The Catholic Democrats’...

Culture Without the Culture Wars

Erica Ogg: In his “800 Words” column in The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Dan Neil, on location in Patagonia, tosses off a comparison of the evolution debate in the United States and the lack of one in Puerto Natales, Chile, a place where people hold Charles Darwin in high esteem. In a travel piece that...

Limbo Babies

The second-hottest story to come out of the Vatican this week concerns the eternal souls of babies — unchristened and still full of original sin — righteous pre-Christians, and the classical sages. The Guardian reports that 30 leading Catholic theologians met yesterday to discuss a document that would remove the concept of “Limbo” — a...

Demystify

National Catholic Reporter journalist John Allen talks with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about his new book, Opus Dei: An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church, right now. Listen.