Joseph Dowd: Although there have always been liberal churches, the battle lines used to be pretty clear: left-wingers and secularists on one side, right-wingers and organized religion on the other.
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Steve Hochstadt: New discoveries constantly show that what we think we understand about nature is not quite right.
Rev. Irene Monroe: While the two warring factions—conservative versus liberal wings—wrestle with the direction the Catholic Church needs to go in this modern era, the church, nonetheless, is still stymied and stained by continued unaddressed claims of sex abuse by unprosecuted sex offenders.
Frank Fear: Over the years I didn’t spend much time thinking about what had happened to me. But like a recurring nightmare, others’ stories never, ever went away. Here and abroad. Church cover-up. Over and over again.
Leonard Isenberg: How many more scandals like the present one in Pennsylvania must take place before the Catholic Church finally realizes that sex and reproduction are natural functions of all human beings—priests and nuns included
Lauren Windsor: A million empty words have been said and tears shed over the decades of sex abuse within the Catholic Church, but only two words matter: rape and molestation.
Rich Procida: Abstinence does little to make the world a better place. It’s unrealistic to expect human beings to be sexually holy and pure. Sexual purity doesn’t even make sense and isn’t even desirable.
ir Force Brigadier General E. John Teichert, newly installed commander of the 412th Test Wing, Edwards Air Force Base, has been accused of operating an online ministry that promotes his particular brand of Evangelical Christianity to base troops, contractors, and civilian employees. The site, known as PLUS—or Prayer at Lunchtime for the United States—“denigrated LGBT […]
Mike Farrell: For freedom-loving Americans of all beliefs, it is an inappropriate attempt to impose one faith’s symbol onto a tribute for heroic women and men who believed as they chose.
Mark Dempsey: Even today, people can do amazing things in their service to … oh, the Oakland Raiders. Sure, that’s not the church-recognized God, but it has that quality of devotion the Great Observations require.
Irene Monroe: With Trump appearing to be both unstoppable and invincible, questions about the afterlife not only speak about social anxiety but, sadly, they also speak about hopelessness.
Nancy Scheper-Hughes: Francis has yet to deal with women’s bodies and their messy reproductive dilemmas, especially for women in poverty.
Steve Hochstadt: Many American Christians, especially evangelical Christians, have made a deal with Trump – you give us political policies we want and we will accept your anti-Christian character.