Thursday, June 7, 2012
(RNS) When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather in Atlanta next week (June 13-15) for their annual spring meeting, a top agenda item will be assessing the reforms they adopted 10 years ago as revelations of widespread sexual abuse of children by priests consumed the church.
Snake Handling: ‘It Is The Closest Thing To Heaven On Earth You Can Get’
Sikh TSA Agent Wins Suit
Malcolm X’s Boyhood Home
Pope Praises Queen Elizabeth As ‘Christian Monarch’
What Makes A Family? Mark 3:20-35
Stan Duncan: My Mother’s Gay Neighbors
When she finally passed away, I spent a day walking the street telling her neighbors what had happened and saying good bye to old friends. When I came to the home of the two men across from her, no one was there and the insides looked empty.
Michael D’Antonio: Priests as Pintos: Fraud and the Next Catholic Crisis
Amid all the more notable intrigue and scandal, a jury in the little city of Appleton, Wis., recently demolished a defense that has shielded the church from hundreds, if not thousands, of claims related to sexual crimes committed by priests against minors.
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.: Charles Darwin, Hugh Hefner and High Quality Science Education
Never once in my years of writing did I imagine being able to write about Charles Darwin and Hugh Hefner in the same essay. But perhaps the link between the two isn’t all the difficult to envision.
Amy B. Dean: Why Interfaith Organizing Matters: Social Change Starts With Values
Every major faith has a set of values grounded in the pursuit of justice and equity. This universalism is important. It creates the potential for far-reaching, welcoming movements that cut across boundaries of race, class, sect and nationality.
Angela Bonavoglia: Nuns’ Response to Takeover: Hierarchy Must Tackle Elephants in the Room
You could almost feel the hierarchs gritting their teeth as they pondered the sisters’ message, which has the Second Vatican Council written all over it.

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