Father Tomáš Halík laments more and more believers falling prey to “dead religion” of “fundamentalism and bigotry”
“The promises of the Old Testament concerning the Jewish people and the land cannot be used to legitimise the expulsion of Palestinians”, insist Bishops
Association of Catholic Priests says English Standard Version Bible uses gender-exclusive language such as “man”, “mankind” and “brothers”
Junia was described by St. Paul as “prominent among the apostles” but was airbrushed from later Church tradition
“Our position in society and the Church makes us observe things in a different way from men”, says Colombian feminist thinker Isabel Corpas de Posada
Renowned Scripture scholar John Wijngaards sets out the definitive case for female priests in a brilliant and accessible new book
“The Church has to be courageous. It has to live off what everyone else lives off: not off religious belief, but off work and productiveness”
In his General Audience today, Pope Francis warned against narcissistic piety, cautioning that “prayer is not about locking oneself up with the Lord to make one’s soul appear beautiful: no, this is not prayer, this is false prayer”. Rather, “the proof of prayer is the real love of one’s neighbour”, the pontiff insisted.
500 Catholic women worldwide have clamoured in an online liturgy for women’s ordination, hearing a sermon that asked: “What have we done with the God of Mary’s Magnificat?”
‘From each according to ability; to each according to need’: the socialist ideal has biblical roots.
Women are to take to pulpits in a German diocese, saying “it is not enough to give testimony only in the family or at work”.
The motto is new and marks a turning point in the Catholic world: “12 women. 12 places. 12 sermons.” The Catholic Women’s Association of Germany (kfd) has proclaimed May 17th the nationwide Women Preachers’ Day.
“Jesus was… very hard on those who condemned others or excluded people on the basis of neat divisions”, the Bishop of Derry in Northern Ireland, Donal McKeown, warned Catholic “Pharisees” in a sermon Sunday August 16.
There is a practice in social justice groups known as “call-outs,” whereby members are corrected in front of a group for holding a belief or making a certain reference that is judged to be not in keeping with equity.
Belief in the virgin birth comes from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Their birth stories are different, but both present Mary as a virgin when she became pregnant with Jesus. Mary and Joseph begin their sexual relationship following Jesus’ birth, and so Jesus has brothers and sisters.
People who have religious beliefs wonder whether or not God is responsible for what we are suffering because of this pandemic we are enduring. Does God have the final say in this matter or not?
The Catholic Church held what is being termed as the first online pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in France.
The former Benedictine Abbot Primate has questioned the hierarchies the Church takes for granted, saying “I find none of it in the Gospels”.
One of the reasons for the flight of Catholics from the Church or the indifference to religious practice is the fact that many of the adult faithful have no other education in the faith than that which they received in childhood through the family and through catechesis.
A German bishop has schooled Donald Trump on the Bible, saying that the US President “doesn’t quite understand” what the Scriptures are about.
Bible scholars are divided into three camps: maximalist, minimalist and centrist. The maximalists, who are fundamentalists, consider the biblical text to be literally true. Long live Adam and Eve and down with Darwin!
An Irish priest has urged the Church to learn lessons from the “dress rehearsal” of COVID-19-related suspensions of public liturgies, warning that “in a decade or so Sunday Mass will not be celebrated in every parish”.
“We are all responsible” for child labour, Pope Francis warned this morning in the General Audience, launching an appeal ahead of the world day against this scourge June 12 that institutions “protect minors” by “filling the economic and social gaps” that see them fall into “slavery and confinement”.
A member of the Vatican female deacons commission has warned of the danger of a Church “where women exist only in the imagination of men, far from the difficult but life-giving test of relationship”.
The civil unrest seen across the United States following the killing of George Floyd brings to the fore the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous observation that “a riot is the language of the unheard.”
A Portuguese cardinal has discouraged communion on the tongue, recalling that “Christ said, ‘Take and eat’, not ‘Open your mouth'”.
In the General Audience Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his cycle of catechesis on prayer, turning his thoughts to the prayer of the just.