Church “obsessed” with abortion — again? Pope’s Italian ally issues another wake-up call
Bishop Galantino: “I don’t identify with the expressionless person who stands outside the abortion clinic reciting their rosary, but with young people, who are still against this practice, but are instead fighting for quality of life, their health, their right to work.”
Are married priests next on Pope Francis’ reform agenda?
(RNS) The issue came up in discussions between Pope Francis, an Argentine, and a churchman in Brazil, and bishops in Latin America, Africa and Asia have often been the most outspoken about the need to consider a change.
Gay Catholic priest comes out to an uncertain future
ST. LOUIS (RNS) “I have tried over the years to reconcile my silence as a gay priest with that of the Church’s increasingly anti-gay stance. I have been unsuccessful,” the Rev. Gary Meier writes in his book “Hidden Voices: Reflections of a Gay, Catholic Priest.”
Bhutan seeks to curb sexual diseases among Buddhist monks
NEW DELHI (RNS) Health officials in the tiny Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan are making condoms available at all monastic schools in a bid to stem the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV among young monks who are supposed to be celibate.
Pope Francis reveals romantic crush during seminary days
(RNS) Pope Francis was once “dazzled” by a young woman he met as a seminarian and even considered abandoning his vocation, he reveals in a newly uncovered interview.
Church of England OK’s (celibate) gay bishops
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Church of England on Friday (Jan. 4) confirmed that it has dropped its prohibition on gay clergy in civil partnerships becoming bishops — but only if they agree to remain celibate. By Trevor Grundy.
Did Jesus have a wife? New historical discovery raises old question
(RNS) A newly revealed piece of papyrus offers fresh evidence that some early Christians believed that Jesus was married, according to a Harvard Divinity School professor. Dan Brown, if you're listening, call your office. By Daniel Burke.
Priest who found love now searches for work
WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) With 10 percent unemployment in this corner of North Carolina, the search-for-work story of Gerry Murphy and Andrea Kanelopoulos-Murphy could be a common one. But the couple believe their unique marriage — he's a former Catholic priest — sometimes makes it harder to find the right workplace. By Amanda Greene.
Top church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch sees Catholic schism ahead
(RNS/ENInews) Leading church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch believes Christianity faces a “bright future” worldwide, but predicts the Roman Catholic church will undergo a major schism over its moral and social teaching. By Jonathan Luxmoore.
Vatican blames lack of priests on secularism, abuse, parents
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The sexual abuse scandal has tarnished the image of the priest and contributed to a crisis of priestly vocations in the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican said Monday (June 25), while also faulting a widespread “secularized mentality” and parents' ambition for their children. By Alessandro Speciale.