Posts tagged "CATHOLICISM"

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.

Catholic Gays and the Coming Era of the Spirit

“‘As I see it, the whole trajectory of the church is toward the era of the Spirit, when each will know the truth in his heart and there will be no need for extrinsic authority…By being rejected by church leadership, gays and lesbians have had to ask God directly if they can live authentic Christian...

An Ordinary, Reasonable Person

An excerpt from Vows: The Story of A Priest, a Nun, and Their Son, a new book by Revealer contributor Peter Manseau.Vows is the best kind of religion journalism, drawing on multiple genres — memoir, obviously, but also investigative reporting, history, theology, and the drama of a thriller. In this excerpt, Manseau tells the real...

Cracking the Code’s Controversy?

Nellie Day: Kentucky’s Messenger-Inquirer, like many other American papers, tries to present an unbiased look at the soon-to-be film version of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Instead, Karen Owen spends 25 paragraphs back-and-forthing on the strangely past-tense headline: “‘Da Vinci Code,’ Upcoming Film Upset Catholics.” What’s remarkable are the reasons Owen’s sources give for...

21 September 2004 Daily Links

Exasperated by cell phones ringing during mass, four Catholic churches in Mexico are illegally jamming the cell phone signals with Israeli-made transmitters, of the kind used to protect officials from bugs and bombs detonated by phones. “Looking for the right man, the right chocolate, the right friends — and the right relationship with God.” The New York Times’ Joshua...