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April 22, 2014
The Atlantic slips — somehow — inside mind of Benedict XVI
During the annual pre-Easter season of snarky or mildly negative religion stories, I think that...
April 20, 2014
Glorious Pascha! The Baltimore Sun gets the key parts right
I keep saying this year after year, but it's true. One of the greatest challenges...
April 17, 2014
Two forgiveness stories that are worth your time
Forgiveness has been making a lot of headlines lately, at least it seems to me....
April 16, 2014
Vox.com offers a few basic facts about Boko Haram tactics
Twice in the past month or so, I have been pretty rough on the editors...
April 16, 2014
Francis links abortion with abuse, yet press doesn’t follow
The Italian press has placed an interesting interpretation on Pope Francis' Friday comments on the...
April 15, 2014
That ‘mysterious’ NYTimes stance on Boko Haram
Here we go again. There has been another horrific act of violence in Nigeria with...
April 13, 2014
Pod people: So what could reporters cover during Lent?
Long, long ago, back at the beginning of Lent, I put up a post that...
April 10, 2014
Pod people: ‘Pinko’ Pat Buchanan and the Daily Mail
Heavy breathing this week from London's Daily Mail, which has denounced American political commentator Patrick...
April 08, 2014
Ghosts in story on Catholic schools: real or imagined?
I’m intrigued. That’s my reaction after reading a front-page New York Times story this week...
April 03, 2014
No peace in our time for the Ukraine
One hundred years from now, when the history of these past few months in the...
April 01, 2014
So how many gay bishops are there in England?
Spinning a news story is not as easy as it seems. Too light a touch...
March 31, 2014
World Vision’s gay firestorm and A.D. 2064
PAUL ASKS: (Regarding the World Vision relief agency deciding U.S. employees can live in same-sex...
March 30, 2014
Is Christopher Senyonjo a gay martyr or gay icon?
The Associated Press has a story out today on a former bishop of the Church...
March 26, 2014
Burn baby burn!
Outrage is a tricky thing. The worldview a reporter brings to the coverage of a...
March 24, 2014
Why did some ancient religions fall and others rise?
MADDIE ASKS: What caused ancient religions to become less prevalent? THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS: Our...
March 21, 2014
DPA reports on the return of the Eternal Jew to Württemberg
What is legal is not always moral, a German court observed this past week, holding...
March 20, 2014
Memory eternal: Metropolitan Philip’s life was a story
Anyone who has worked on the religion beat for more than, well, a week knows...
March 20, 2014
Back in the USSR! Izvestia on the Crimea
Save for Mitt Romney, no one -- in my opinion, at least -- appears likely...
March 17, 2014
Is it legal to let St. Patrick be St. Patrick? (Plus MZ zinger)
I guess that the crucial question -- at this moment in time -- is whether...
March 17, 2014
Seeking “Help!” on five venerable world religions
JAEDE ASKS: I need to know the founder, area of the world it’s in, what...
March 16, 2014
Dominican posts handy guide to Pope Francis press myths
Every now and then a scribe at some other weblog (and we're not just talking...
March 15, 2014
AP sees the Catholic abuse scandal everywhere
The news of the election of Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan as president of the...
March 12, 2014
Good news: Generic nuns released in Syria!
For three months now, members of my parish just south of Baltimore have been praying...
March 10, 2014
Could the pope of Rome ever be Jewish?
ELIZABETH ASKS: Isn’t it possible for the Pope to be Jewish? And if the Catholic...
March 07, 2014
What can we make of the prayers of Oscar Pistorius?
When it comes to famous Bible passages, even those favored by athletes, 1 Corinthians 9:...
March 05, 2014
Silence about terrorism and Islam in the Kunming attack
What was it about the murder of 29 men, women and children on Saturday at...
March 05, 2014
Attention NYTimes: Boko Haram has made its goals clear
There is much to commend in the recent New York Times report that ran under...
March 04, 2014
Mysterious role of religion in Newsweek resurrection?
It's hard to miss the religious zinger in this passage from a New York Times...
February 27, 2014
Sausage making and news reporting on Zanzibar
Otto von Bismark's reputed maxim: "Laws are like sausages — it is best not to...
February 26, 2014
Got news? A Baptist emerges as acting president of Ukraine
The news rolls on in Ukraine, with leaders of the opposition attempting to get some...
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