(RNS) — Kanye's new album 'Jesus Is King' has caused a stir for its author's conversion, but what lessons does it offer about faith?
It's not just about American Catholicism.
(RNS) — There is talk of schism as the American bishops meet in Baltimore this week, but In order to have a schism, you need truly divisive issues that split the community.
The Church has always included many kinds of interests and factions, and a prime task for historians and social chroniclers is to assess their power and intentions.
(RNS) — Francis critics have worked themselves into a frenzy because the first Jesuit pope prioritizes discernment and pastoral theology over a one-size-fits-all rigidity when it comes to the application of doctrine, writes John Gehring.
NEW YORK (RNS) — At one of the country's most elite Catholic universities, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat — a Francis critic — sparred with Villanova University theology professor Massimo Faggioli — a Francis fan.
Not since certain American Protestants were publicly anti-Catholic, as older readers may remember them having been, have we read as many headlines with words like “infallibility,” “heresy,” papal “plots,” “schism,” etc., as we do these days.
NEW YORK (RNS) Francis’ papacy prompts a debate, and it’s no joke.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Jesus told the rich young ruler to sell all his possessions and give the money to the poor. Surely comfortable churchgoers must do more than say, “Be more like me.”
(RNS) So is a schism, with its echoes of medieval debates and heretics burning at the stake, a realistic possibility? And can an independent Catholic church be successful in the modern world?
(RNS) Feeling increasingly alienated and even persecuted, some Christians are adopting a favorite image from Scripture -- that of the Babylonian captivity.
(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) When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, the surprising choice left conservative Catholics almost giddy with the prospect of total victory. Now with Benedict set to resign, the Catholic right is counting up the ways that Benedict failed them.
(RNS) Conservative commentators like Rupert Murdoch's stable and Ross Douthat of The New York Times are feasting on what they perceive as the "death" of "liberal Christianity." Their next round of emotional and financial blackmail won't find much of an audience. By Tom Ehrich.
(RNS) Since I've been keeping a steady eye on the Episcopal Church for more than six years, I'm always interested in what journalists have to say about it. Every once in a while, I read something so counterfactual I feel compelled to speak out.
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