Columns

Playing the anti-Catholic card in the Barrett nomination

By Mark Silk — September 27, 2020

(RNS) — Anti-Catholicism in American politics used to be all about Protestants against Catholics. These days, the Catholic right is crying foul, and their opponent is often other Catholic politicians and the pope himself.

Amy Coney Barrett’s religion is important but irrelevant

By Thomas Reese — September 26, 2020

(RNS) — People of different faiths, as well as people of no faith, joined together to support or oppose specific policy goals without having to share the same motivations. What mattered was agreement on policy goals, not motivation.

Dear AOC: You blew it

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 26, 2020

(RNS) — US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made a huge mistake. There is still time to correct it.

How corrosive politics make us all less safe

By Simran Jeet Singh — September 25, 2020

(RNS) — As we vote on our future, America needs to draw on its diverse strengths to solve the problems that confront us all.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an incrementalist, not a revolutionary, once questioned Roe v. Wade

By Thomas Reese — September 23, 2020

(RNS) — As we honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we may take to heart her advice on maintaining stability and faith in our institutions. 

For adult Mormons, there’s more to spirituality than ‘endure to the end’

By Jana Riess — September 23, 2020

Feeling burned out? A new online course from author Thomas McConkie casts a wide net to help Latter-day Saints deepen their faith through meditation, theology and psychology.

Is Judge Barrett’s ‘kingdom of God’ different from Obama’s?

By Charles C. Camosy — September 22, 2020

(RNS) — Almost no one suggests today that Ginsburg, King and Obama were acting as theocrats when they invoked their faith in the pursuit of public policy.

National Catholic Prayer Breakfast award for Barr divides Catholics

By Thomas Reese — September 21, 2020

(RNS) — Getting together for breakfast and prayer should not be controversial, but the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast is dividing Catholics along partisan lines with its plans to honor Attorney General William Barr a little more than a month before the November election.

Does serving a Mormon mission make people want to help developing countries?

By Jana Riess — September 21, 2020

(RNS) — Does serving a Mormon mission to a place like Africa make someone more supportive of global development? Yes … and no.

The most Jewish thing that Ruth Bader Ginsburg ever did

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 20, 2020

(RNS) — What made RBG? You might be surprised.

With Ginsburg’s seat open, abortion moves to the center of the 2020 election

By Mark Silk — September 19, 2020

(RNS) — For both candidates, it’s an issue that they’d prefer not to deal with.

Donald Trump’s twisted interpretation of ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ is killing Americans

By Jana Riess — September 18, 2020

Norman Vincent Peale’s classic hasn’t aged particularly well, but it deserves to be remembered more fondly than Trump’s denial of reality ensures it will be.

Catholics should vote for Biden, says former bishops’ conference official

By Thomas Reese — September 17, 2020

(RNS) — Carr also reports that divisions among the bishops in 2019 kept them from updating their voter guide to reflect current issues and the teachings of Pope Francis.

How fundamentalist Mormons recovered after the trauma of Warren Jeffs

By Jana Riess — September 16, 2020

(RNS) — As the polygamist sect’s members and ex-members recover from the trauma inflicted by Warren Jeffs, an excellent new podcast goes behind the scenes to document the FLDS community’s transformation.

Yoga’s ‘father in the West’ still defining our spirituality and celebrity 100 years later

By Tara Isabella Burton — September 16, 2020

(RNS) — Pioneering a vision of wellness in which spirituality and self-help converge, Yogananda created a new model for pop spirituality.

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