Opinion

Pope Francis on civil unions: Another step toward common ground with the LGBTQ movement
By Paul O'Donnell — October 29, 2020
(RNS) — Underlying the pope’s support for gay civil unions is his own long history decrying homophobia and calling for LGBTQ people to be treated with respect and dignity.
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55 years ago, a cardinal’s ‘special reverence’ for the Jews redeemed ‘Nostra Aetate’
By Paul O'Donnell — October 28, 2020
(RNS) — The proclamation sparked a systematic effort by the Catholic Church to transform its past bitter relationships with Jews and Judaism.
The nondenominational Donald
By Mark Silk — October 28, 2020
(RNS) — The president discovers that his Presbyterianism was so 20th century.
For Mormons in a faith crisis, the Gospel Topics essays try to answer the hard questions
By Jana Riess — October 27, 2020
For the first time, there is a resource to help ordinary LDS members understand the Gospel Topics essays—what they say (which is often a leap forward in the church’s transparency about its history) and, just as importantly, what they don’t say (which is often a lot).
‘Borat’ is dead serious
By Jeffrey Salkin — October 27, 2020
(RNS) — Forget, for a moment, about the banality of evil. There is also a banality of goodness, and Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie finds it, despite itself.
Against the darkness: Remembering Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life shooting
By Paul O'Donnell — October 27, 2020
(RNS) — At a court hearing for the Tree of Life shooter, two members of one of the affected synagogues came ‘to witness,’ saying, ‘That’s part of Jewish theory, to witness and remember.’
Your dread of the 2020 election and coronavirus will end. What will you obsess about then?
By Paul O'Donnell — October 27, 2020
(RNS) — We need to decide now if we are prepared to refuse the fear and politics that have divided us.
Barrett’s faith views go beyond even many pro-life Americans’ beliefs
By Paul O'Donnell — October 26, 2020
(RNS) — Barrett’s Catholicism strictly follows the Magisterium’s teachings that are at odds with most Americans' pragmatic philosophical leanings.
My child with Down syndrome is not a political statement — and neither is Amy Coney Barrett’s
By Roxanne Stone — October 26, 2020
(RNS) — We stay mired in our polarized political corners if we view women’s choices primarily as political statements when they in fact reflect ethical decisions made in the context of social forces.
With 9 new electors, Pope Francis remakes the college of cardinals
By Thomas Reese — October 25, 2020
(RNS) Over seven years, Pope Francis has gradually remade the college of cardinals, making it less European and more African and Asian.
There’s a theology driving Sean Feucht’s worship music protests — and it’s a popular one
By Roxanne Stone — October 23, 2020
(RNS) — What’s at stake aren’t just political and ideological differences but complex and deeply rooted theological commitments that have long been forming Christian identities.
Six things you need to know about Pope Francis and gay civil unions
By Thomas Reese — October 23, 2020
(RNS) — Pope Francis' comments about civil unions for same-sex partners in a new documentary have caused a stir. How to understand his positions.
Pope Francis’ support for civil unions is a call to justice — and nothing new
By Roxanne Stone — October 22, 2020
(THE CONVERSATION) — The pontiff hasn't changed church teaching on marriage in indicating support for same-sex civil unions. Rather, he is reminding Catholics they should be concerned about justice for all.