Posts tagged "rcc"

Spice Up Your (Church) Life

Ashley Baxstrom: Apparently, the Roman Catholic Church is at risk of death by boredom. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, has told priests they need to pump up their sermons with the scandalous parts of the Bible or face becoming “irrelevant."  Because, you know, Catholics don’t have enough scandal to deal with already. Speaking...

Our Daily Links: Real Authentic Edition

A statement on the global economy by "a rather small office in the Roman Curia" is causing some interesting commentary--by George Weigel, EJ Dionne and Talk to Action's Greg Metzger.  At issue is the question: who speaks for the Pope? Former Revealer managing editor, Kathryn Joyce, is sourced in an article...

Whole Lotta Testosterone

by Mary Valle I don’t think that men and women are the same. I think we have a lot in common, being humans. However, if you look around, you’ll agree that there’s a big difference between us and that difference is testosterone. Skyscapers. The space program, with its great missiles impregnating the silvery, virginal moon. Football....

Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise:
The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests

by Frances Kissling This past week, criminologists at the John Jay College of Criminal Law released a numbers crunching, statistically dense, spiritually troubling 144 page report which aimed to identify the causes and context of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests between 1950 to 2002. The report was commissioned by the U.S. Conference of...

Using “Demographic Winter” To Thwart Global Access to Family Planning

What was once a rallying cry by U.S. evangelical organizations to limit access to birth control here and abroad (see former Revealer managing editor Kathryn Joyce's 2008 article at The Nation, "Missing: The 'Right' Babies") is now a Vatican topic for discussion at a UN panel.

My Catholic Conscience

We've been here before. And no, it didn't work then either. by Jon O'Brien Like others, I am deeply concerned about recent moves in Congress that would restrict access to reproductive healthcare services, especially for poor women. The situation reminds me of other experiments where a few people with extreme views sought to pass policy that...

The Only Female Catholic Priest in New York

Read Revealer Jo Piazza's latest on Gabriella Velardi Ward, a 63 year-old self-described Roman Catholic Woman Priest and her home church, Praxedis, at WSJ's Metropolis

Moral Norms for Immoral Behaviors

From the 2004 article "The Truth About Condoms" by Opus Dei Father Martin Rhonheimer, Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy at the School of Philosophy of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and, according to the Catholic Weekly, America, a member of Cardinal Ratzinger's inner circle:
But if they ignore this teaching [that...

Hog-Driving Cleric

From Michael Miller's profile of the new Archbishop of Miami, Thomas Wenski, printed this week in the Miami New Times:
Wenski is unlike anything the church has ever seen. He's a hard-charging, hog-driving cleric and licensed pilot who speaks six languages fluently. In the past seven months, he has come on like a blessed freight...

Virgins and Whores

Mary Valle: Nick Kristof continues his "nuns rock!" crusade to convince everyone that it's not all Catholics that are like that. Just some. Point taken, Mr. Krisof, but this good Catholics/bad Catholics line of thinking is a little worrisome. It's like "No, you're not a slut, you're a real woman," or "There are black...