Joan of Arc on Trial Again–This Time Not for Heresy, But for Homophobia

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc was a courageous young Frenchwoman who lived in the fifteenth century--a hero in her native France, and a Roman Catholic saint.Nicknamed the "Maid of Orleans," Joan claimed to receive visions of St. Michael the Archangel, Saint Margaret of Antioch and Saint Catherine of Alexandria, instructing her to support France's King Charles VII and recover France from English domination in the Hundred Years' War.Joan was captured, put on trial for a number of charges including heresy, … [Read more...]

LCWR Responds After Tense Meeting With CDF’s Cardinal Gerhard Müller


On May 8, the Leadership Council of Women Religious (LCWR) issued a statement on their April 30 meeting with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.The statement is significant in that it's a hopeful sign that the organization has heard the concerns expressed by Rome and may, in fact, be ready to listen--valuing its canonical status which has been conferred by the Holy See more than it values its autonomy.Because it's so important a document, I'm permitting the Sisters to … [Read more...]

A Memory Walk (And a Big Blow-Out Party!) For Patheos@5

Birthday Cake - 5 candles

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PATHEOS! It's been five years since Leo and Cathie Brunnick launched their digital areopagus, this place where people of different faiths can come together, discuss and engage.  With some 100 faith traditions represented, Patheos has become the premiere host site  for smart, serious and respectful conversations on controversial issues of religion, spirituality and ethics.Since its inception, Patheos has become a formidable presence on the Internet, attracting committed C … [Read more...]