Rights, Power, Sexuality and the Church

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I found an interesting pair of articles on Huffington Post’s religion page today. First, there was a story about Newt Gingrich, who claims that, by giving equal rights to LGBT people, we are in turn denying the rights of religious organizations. Then in the second story, the Catholic Church in Ireland has threatened to excommunicate [Read More...]

Pope Francis Calls Out the Church

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Only a day into his papacy, and I’ve got to admit, Pope Francis has my attention. In an editorial piece on the Sojourners website today, Jim Wallis cited a surprising and very heartening quote from the new pontiff, especially for those looking in from the outside as non-Catholics. Here’s an excerpt from one of his [Read More...]

Stuff White People Like with Christian Lander (HB CultureCast)

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This week, Jordan and Christian go way outside of their sphere of personal experience and into the world of white folks. Specifically, we chat it up with author and screenwriter Christian Lander, best known for his bestselling book, “Stuff White People Like.” We talk about white privilege, why humor is sometimes the best tool for [Read More...]

Why the Next Pope Should Be a Poor Woman of Color

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For the first time in six centuries, the head of the Catholic Church is stepping down. Some, like Huffington Post Religion’s Senior Editor Paul Raushenbush, have suggested this is an indication that the stodgy religious institution is creeping its way toward modernism. Could it be that the role of Pope will be considered to be [Read More...]

The Fallacy of Statements of Faith

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I have a confession to make. A while back, I was applying for an editing job with a fairly prominent Christian media company, and in the application process, I was asked to sign a statement of faith. For those unfamiliar, this is a list of things that the organization in question claims to believe, and [Read More...]

Rebel Nuns: When the Faithful Stop Obeying

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It seems the Sisters of North America are calling the Vatican out. When criticized by Vatican officials for taking a position too far left of center on a number of social issues, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious responded by calling the Vatican’s criticisms unsubstantiated and flawed. But the rhetoric didn’t stay at the topical [Read More...]

What To Do About “Radical Feminist Nuns”

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It’s not exactly headline-worthy news that many Catholics actually hold personal beliefs that don’t line up with church doctrine. It does get a little more interesting, however, when an umbrella group for 57,000 American nuns is called to the carpet for straying from Church teaching. Reportedly, the nuns are promoting ideas on issues like abortion [Read More...]

“Open Homosexuality,” Prostitution and Tony Perkins’ Moral Slippery Slope

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Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, appeared on Janet Mefferd‘s Christian radio show recently and offered what shocked many, though it probably shouldn’t have. The surprise came when Perkins drew a correlation between the repeal of the Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law and the recent Secret Service scandal involving agents hiring prostitutes [Read More...]


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