(RNS) — For Pope Francis, the Amazon is important because it touches on so many themes of his papacy: concern for the marginalized, evangelization and protection of the environment.
(RNS) — By making these men cardinals, the pope is handing them megaphones.
(RNS) — After Oct. 15, 53% of the cardinal electors will have been appointed by Francis.
(RNS) — A controversy over a Seattle man’s blessing at a Catholic church points up the differences between a peaceful death and assisted suicide.
(RNS) — When the facts are uncertain, when the research is incomplete, we must lean toward the solution that is safest for the people affected. Gambling with people's lives is not acceptable.
(RNS) — Using Aristotelian concepts to explain Catholic mysteries in the 21st century is a fool’s errand. When was the last time you met an Aristotelian outside a Catholic seminary?
(RNS) — Others may soon respond to mass shootings by ignoring it. No matter how horrible something is, if it is repeated time and time again, we get accustomed to it.
(RNS) — American Catholics are almost evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, which means the church can either self-destruct or bridge the partisan divide.
(RNS) — She entered our country in 1886 without a visa, has never applied for citizenship and does not speak one word of English. Worst of all, she advocates for open borders. It's time to send her back.
(RNS) — The appointment of women to the congregation is important because so far, progressive women have not been pleased with the pope's handling of women’s issues.
(RNS) — The larvae of the black soldier fly not only help eliminate greenhouse gases, they become protein that, when roasted, can be used as feed for animals.
(RNS) — Americans need to embrace a more mature and realistic patriotism, one that recognizes that everything is not perfect but that there is still something worth celebrating.
(RNS) — Unless we build bridges and trust, neither the church nor America has much of a future.
(RNS) — Limiting ordination after marriage to 'mature men' will be portrayed as exceptional, but both traditionalists and progressives believe that it will spread to more and more situations.
(RNS) — The USCCB has established a process for investigating allegations of misconduct by bishops — but lay groups say the key will be lay involvement and transparency in its implementation.