VATICAN CITY (RNS) When Pope Benedict XVI officially left the Vatican in a helicopter a year ago this week (Feb. 28), becoming the first pontiff in 600 years to resign, many in his conservative fan base were aghast, even angry. He has betrayed us, said those who thought Benedict’s papacy would be the final triumph of old-school Catholicism. He has undermined the papacy itself, they worried. Lightning even struck the cupola of St.
Conservatives wanted to keep the military from acting against religious actions. Obama said it went to far. But what happened when Senate Republicans backed the president’s position and gave the military even more power? (Spoiler alert: Obama is still the bad guy)
(RNS) More than detailing a list of reforms or policy change he hopes to make, Pope Francis is sketching out a pastoral vision for the church. He’ll need bishops, priests and seminarians who share his views, and the type of change he envisions will take a generation or more.
(RNS) Many Catholic conservatives argue that Pope Francis doesn’t actually mean what the media and public think he means, and say the pope’s honeymoon will get a cold shower when liberals see that the new pope is just as orthodox as his predecessors.
(RNS) Fundraising for the flagship anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic bishops, which has come under intense fire from conservatives and anti-abortion groups, is slowly recovering and even growing slightly after being battered by the recession and sharp attacks on its mission.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has ushered in a new phase in the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, shifting the focus of the Catholic Church from the concerns of the industrialized North to the “problems of the Southern hemisphere.”
(RNS) Since the moment of his election on March 13, Pope Francis has been warmly embraced by his own flock and even the media. But some constituencies in the church are decidedly cautious or even unhappy with Francis, and their grumbling may portend future troubles for the pope.
Call me postmodern, but I am no fan of labels. I accept that they are often unavoidable, helpful, sometimes even necessary. Labels are printed on our food packages and sewn onto the necks of our t-shirts. They are displayed on the front of our businesses and, in some professions, attached to the end of our names like a caboose. I can’t imagine anyone would argue for getting rid of such labels.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The British government unveiled a proposal on Tuesday (Dec. 11) that excludes the Church of England and the Church in Wales from planned legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry in churches. By Trevor Grundy.
(RNS) The Obama administration's policy requiring most employers to provide free birth control coverage in their health insurance policies takes effect on Wednesday — a deadline that has sparked apocalyptic warnings from conservatives. By David Gibson.