As the world's bishops prepare for the October synod, they face one question: How much should the experiences and opinions of lay Catholics influence their discussions?
For the first time in its 52-year history, the Graduate Theological Union will offer a dedicated curriculum in Hinduism, beginning this fall, as the initial step toward establishment of a Center for Dharma Studies.
When a large portion of Catholics ignore or reject a church teaching, it is often a sign that social and cultural pressures are weakening their faith, the document says.
The Peace Pulpit: Yes, there's only one God, one God, but that one God is three persons: father, son and spirit. How can that be? Listen to Bishop Gumbleton's homily.
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Massive Online Open Seminar on Women Deacons June 9-July 8, 2014
The church's celebration of Pentecost highlights the "life-changing power of God's presence" believers receive through the Holy Spirit, said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
Although the feast, celebrated June 8, doesn't look as it did in the apostles' time -- with the roar of wind and tongues of fire -- the cardinal said it serves as a reminder of the outpouring of God's spirit long ago and continuously.
"The Holy Spirit comes regularly" and is "active in the church today," he said.
Open letter to Pope Francis: The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's investigation of Jesuit Fr. Michael Amaladoss doesn't help the church's case in Asia.
I've always had a problem with the idea that Jesus had to die so terribly in order to make satisfaction for the sins of humanity. And it gets my attention every Holy Week, when we concentrate for six days on Jesus' passion and death and the horrors of his crucifixion.
There are at least three reasons Pope Francis may be amenable to the debate on whether to allow married men into the priesthood.
Viewpoint: In a style that is simple, direct and trenchant Küng through his writing has ventured fearlessly into places that other theologians do not reach.