Posts tagged "CATHOLICISM"

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...

09 July 2004 Daily Links

“In April, Julee Lacey, 33, a Fort Worth, TX, mother of two, went to her local CVS drugstore for a last-minute Pill refill. She had been getting her prescription filled there for a year, so she was astonished when the pharmacist told her, ‘I personally don’t believe in birth control and therefore I’m not going...

The Catholic Divide?

Culture warriors try again with the “Catholic Divide.” By Kathryn Joyce This week, The New York Times’s John Tierney dispensed a reassuring new truth: the culture war is all in our heads, and “the polarized nation is largely a myth created by people inside the Beltway.” Political scientist Alan Wolfe agrees, dismissing the idea of culture war as...

Who You Calling Feminist?

Revealer contributor Julia Rabig writes: The unfolding of abuse scandals that accelerated in the Catholic Church over the past few years has forced Church hierarchy to contend with new demands for accountability on a range of issues. “Being archbishop of Boston,” Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley tells The Boston Globe‘s Michael Paulson, “is like living in a fishbowl made of magnifying glass.” O’Malley...

Sabbath Reading

Last Sunday, we wrote briefly about Peter Steinfels, a religion reporter at The New York Times and a popular pundit on things Catholic, and his apparent disinterest in online Catholicism. This week, Angelo Matera – publisher of Godspy, a high-quality production about which we’ve written before — writes in with a view of Catholic currents at odds with both the secular press and...

God Hut

Jewish architect Richard Meier‘s vision for the Catholic church has just opened in a working class suburb of Rome. There’s a lovely picture in The New York Times — Meier shot from down low in front of his creation, hand to the heavens as if summoning forth the light — accompanying a serviceable article by Alan Riding on the construction...

“It’s Not Just Hooting and Hollering”

Lost amidst the flurry of reports on the Pope‘s latest — and probably last — selection of cardinals is this story of an attempt by right-wing cardinals already in power to crack down on what may be the gravest threat yet to the Catholic Church — altar girls. Genevieve Abdo of the Chicago Tribune reports on a conservative initiative leaked...