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May 20, 2013
An earthy reality in the words of Pope Francis
There is nothing unusual about a Catholic leader urging priests to draw closer to their...
May 13, 2013
Was Jesus religious enough for HHS mandate?
When describing how his disciples should serve the needy, Jesus told a parable about a...
May 06, 2013
Zombies are US, 2013 edition
It seems to happen whenever Steve Beard hangs out with friends -- especially folks who...
April 29, 2013
The faithful soul of Jackie Robinson
Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey knew that the first black player in major league...
April 22, 2013
The life and Times of John McCandlish Phillips
The word on the Brooklyn streets in 1959 was that a crazy preacher from Pennsylvania...
April 15, 2013
Old religion-beat questions linger, even after 25 years
Every year or so, editors are asked to sit patiently while market researchers dissect thick...
April 08, 2013
Surviving the Easter crush, 2013
There must a law, deep in the cosmic base code, that if parents dress their...
April 01, 2013
The fall and the strange rise of liberal religion
The most recent Jewish Community Study of New York held few surprises for those who...
March 25, 2013
‘Tis this pope’s gift to be simple
The rise of Pope Francis has certainly raised new questions for Vatican watchers, such as:...
March 18, 2013
Talking to real, live ‘Nones’
Like many computer pros whose lives revolve around the Internet, Marc Yoder eventually created a...
March 11, 2013
Religious liberty in crisis — almost everywhere
Here's a tough question for American pastors: If local school officials voted to limit the...
March 04, 2013
On the separation of church and history
On the night he was betrayed, the rabbi from Nazareth gave blunt, by mysterious, instructions...
February 25, 2013
The pope, Twitter and what comes next
As soon as Pope Benedict XVI announced he would surrender St. Peter's throne, messages stopped...
February 18, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI exits, on his own terms
In the spring of 2009, Pope Benedict XVI stopped in Aquila, Italy, to pray at...
February 12, 2013
Anglicans swimming the Tiber, a one-year report
It's natural for any employee to want to know just how committed the big boss...
February 11, 2013
Woodstock sinks into sexual ethics in America
Back in 1969, the same year as Woodstock, Gallup Poll researchers asked Americans this moral...
February 05, 2013
Words pastors fear saying to their flocks, part 2
Week after week, year after year, ministers rise to preach knowing their flocks expect them...
January 21, 2013
Words pastors fear saying to their flocks, part 1
The powers that be in professional sports know that it’s easier to fire embattled coaches...
January 14, 2013
Define ‘evangelical’ — 2013 edition
List America’s prominent evangelical Protestant voices and the Rev. Rick Warren remains near the top,...
December 31, 2012
Hot words in top 2012 religion stories
'Twas the Sunday night before the election and the Rev. Robert Jeffress was offering a...
December 24, 2012
Columbine, Newtown and our culture of death
Blame it on the guns. No, blame the judges who banned Godtalk in schools, along...
December 17, 2012
Dave Brubeck’s long pilgrimage
Dave Brubeck had a problem and, as a short concert intermission turned into a long...
December 10, 2012
Occupy Advent 2012 (Let’s ask Siri)
The first question was simple: "Siri, when is Christmas?" After the two-tone "BEED-EEP" chime, the...
December 03, 2012
Secular unions vs. Holy Matrimony, Part II
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of two columns on current debates about Holy Matrimony...
November 26, 2012
Secular unions vs. Holy Matrimony, Part I
EDITOR'S NOTE: First of two columns on current debates about Holy Matrimony and civil unions....
November 19, 2012
Warnings to believers in a consumer culture
Since the goal was to explore the cultural ties that bind, Father John Kavanaugh asked...
November 12, 2012
Commandments for believers who blog
Popes rarely produce viral sound bites, but legions of Catholic bloggers continue to pass around...
November 05, 2012
Serious words at funny Al Smith dinner
Political insiders know that the Alfred E. Smith Dinner strives to honor decades of civic...
October 29, 2012
Billy Graham & Co. push the values voters
The television talking heads all agreed that the election was over, which ignited celebrations among...
October 22, 2012
Stalking the anti-Mormon voters of 2012
With the White House race nearing an end, it's time for America's political pundits to...
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