A Catholic bishop in the Los Angeles archdiocese has resigned after
admitting that he is the father of two children, both now teenagers. The
Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI had accepted the resignation
of Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala, 60, who was born in Mexico and grew
up in Los Angeles.
American Episcopalians upset with their denomination's acceptance of
gay and female clergy can now convert to the Roman Catholic Church while
keeping many cherished traditions in a special new U.S. diocese that
was established on New Year's Day by Pope Benedict XVI.
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NEW YORK (RNS) It is an irony of history that the Ten Commandments that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai on two stone tablets are found in their purest form on a strip of ancient parchment so delicate that it is hardly ever seen by the public.
Even by the depressed metrics of Southern California's real estate market, the Catholic Diocese of Orange negotiated a sweet deal when it purchased the iconic Crystal Cathedral, the longtime pulpit of Robert H. Schuller and the backdrop to his popular Hour of Power television broadcasts.
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NEW YORK (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday (Dec. 5) let stand a lower court ruling that bars congregations from using space in New York City schools for after-hours worship services.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (RNS) Walking across the tidy campus of Bob Jones University, there's no obvious sign this bastion of Christian fundamentalism is also home to one of the nation's largest collections of Renaissance and Baroque religious art from the heart of Catholic Europe.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (RNS) When Bob Jones III recently questioned whether President Obama is a Christian, it was a reminder not only that the fundamentalist leader is controversial but also how little the political world has heard from the man and the rock-ribbed Christian school that bears his name.
BALTIMORE (RNS) The standoff between the White House and the nation's Catholic bishops over gay marriage and other hot-button issues may be easing after a quiet Oval Office meeting between President Obama and the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Is legalized abortion akin to the Nazi Holocaust? The analogy is a
standard talking point among abortion opponents, and a new half-hour
video by a prominent Christian apologist has gone viral by making the
comparison more explicit and graphic than any antiabortion sound bite on
the evening news.
(RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops, concerned about Obama administration
policies on birth control and gay rights that they say see as an
unprecedented "assault" on the rights of faith groups, have established
a watchdog panel to combat threats to "religious freedom."
(RNS) Is Catholic opposition to the death penalty losing traction as
opposition to abortion, gay marriage, contraception and other causes
become the defining "pro-life" issues for the American hierarchy?
Back in 1905, Max Weber's landmark treatise, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, argued that a Calvinist belief in God's plan for the saved was crucial to the rise of capitalism because it inspired individuals to work hard and earn money as a sign of divine blessing on their lives.
(RNS) A leading Catholic anti-abortion group whose leader is under
scrutiny for failing to disclose financial details reported a $1.4
million deficit in 2010 despite collecting tens of millions of dollars
in donations during recent years.
NEW YORK (RNS) The nation's top Catholic bishop issued a stern challenge
to the Obama administration's decision not to support a federal ban on
gay marriage, and warned the president that his policies could
"precipitate a national conflict between church and state of enormous
(RNS) Just days after prominent anti-abortion activist Rev. Frank Pavone
was ordered to suspend his work as head of Priests for Life, Pavone and
his bishop, Patrick J. Zurek of Amarillo, Texas, are seeking a way out
of the tense standoff.