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Secularism grows as more US Christians turn 'churchless'

If you're dismayed that one in five Americans (20 percent) are "nones" -- people who claim no particular religious identity -- brace yourself. How does 38 percent sound?


Francis' synod process is messy and fraught with fights, but it's necessary

Simply Spirit: While the outcomes of part one of the synod on the family are disappointing, the synod itself modeled a healthy new process of wide-ranging discussion.



Bishop Morrie has a remembrance of things past

Soul Seeing: Every October, a dozen of my classmates gather. Nine of us left the priesthood. Morrie is one of the stalwarts who remained.

Women Religious

'Power of Sisterhood' illustrates sisters' journey through apostolic visitation

On Dec. 22, 2008, the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life announced an apostolic visitation to investigate the lives of sisters in the United States. This...

Time for bishops to imitate Francis on consulting priests and laity

Faith and Justice: Now that the synod process has moved to the local level, will the bishops emulate Francis and encourage open discussion in their dioceses?


Schönborn: Get rid of 'tunnel view' when it comes to discussion of families

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said the church needs to take a closer look at the broader family environment instead of focusing solely on gay relationships and divorced and remarried Catholics.


Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

The Francis Chronicles: Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty and life imprisonment, saying they punish crime instead of pursuing social justice.


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