Posts tagged "CATHOLICISM"

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...

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...