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The Pope Francis Conspiracy

Among the wealth of books published about Pope Francis, Catholics are still looking for the ultimate biography. So far, most — if not all — have fallen short. You could say “the ultimate” biography will only be written when his pontificate is completed. But a…

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This month’s Synod on the Family was perfect storm

It was a perfect storm. Confusion, tension, and even a sense of crisis during the Synod on the Family on this side of the Atlantic, and I can tell you the atmosphere on the ground in Rome was even more fraught. Milling around outside the…

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Evangelicals road test 2016 strategy

The evangelical movement wants to be back on top of national politics, and to do it it’s borrowing from an unlikely playbook — Barack Obama’s. Groups like Faith and Freedom Coalition and Susan B. Anthony’s List are beefing up their grass-roots efforts this year, turning…

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Sex and the Synod: Focusing on the beauty of marriage and its value

The synod meeting in Rome, convened by Pope Francis on October 5, seeks ways to meet the pastoral needs of marriages and families.One objective of the summit, which runs for two weeks, is to find ways to better communicate the meaning of marriage, and its…

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We can’t all be Kennedys: Annulment petitions plummet among U.S. Catholics

More petitions for annulments are opened by Catholics in the U.S. than in any other country, but the number has dropped in the past two decades amid declining numbers of marriages, fewer divorces and perceptions of a stigma from the church, analysts say. Often misunderstood…

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Catholic Church offers tentative welcome to gays

Gay people have “gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community,” according to a Vatican report released Monday that stunned both LGBT advocates and traditional marriage proponents with its “welcoming” language. The report, a midterm summary of this month’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, stopped…

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Foust’s Smear of Comstock, and Motherhood, Was Ignored

Arguably the most underreported incident of the 2014 midterm races thus far was John Foust’s sexist smear of his fellow congressional candidate in Virginia’s 10th District, Barbara Comstock. Back in August, Foust said of his Republican opponent, “I don’t think she’s even had a real…

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Catholic bishops synod to focus on family issues

Catholic leaders will begin discussing this weekend a host of family-related matters, including same-sex marriage, birth control and other pressing issues in an ever-changing world. Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, who is attending the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, said…

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There’s a war on traditional marriage and Hispanics are losing

Pope Francis will be making his first visit to the U.S. next year. He’ll be attending a big convocation in Philadelphia. Go to www.worldmeeting2015.org and open the colorful web page announcing the Catholic World Meeting of Families. The theme is “The Family Fully Alive.” And right next…

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Vatican Criticisms of U.S. Nuns Keep Coming

A year and half into his papacy, Pope Francis has overhauled the Vatican’s financial practices, curbed the powers of its secretary of state and made other notable changes to the inner workings of the Roman Catholic Church. Now, many both within and outside of the…

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