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April 25th, 2014
Papal Saints John Paul II and John XXIII will be canonized — is Oscar Romero far behind?

…re’s one other exception to the rule for becoming a saint: martyrs. Enter Archbishop Oscar Romero. Romero was assassinated in 1980. Controversy regarding his cause for sainthood exists because he is tied to Liberation Theology. The last two popes wer…

February 24th, 2014
Details like music and flowers are important on your wedding day, but they aren't true preparation for the marriage ahead

Photo Credit: CNS file photo/Jon L. Hendricks There are few years in one’s life that are more exciting (and sometimes more hectic) than an engagement year. After the proposal begins a slew of preparation activities. Book the church, find the…

February 18th, 2014

…s around the world are sharing a similarly uplifting experience. So what does this have to do with an obscure mystic from the 14th century? Not much, but it has everything to do with that obscure mystic’s vision. Julian of Norwich, as we call her, li…

February 12th, 2013
A look at the origins and symbolism of the celebration of love on February 14

…, to a lesser degree, the virtue of romantic love. One of the Valentines was likely martyred. Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day around 500 A.D., possibly as a way to “Christianize” a pagan fertility festival. The Roman C…

January 8th, 2013

…of a homily. This transforms not just our entire Sunday experience, but the rest of our lives as well. [Published on: October 24, 2012]…

November 26th, 2012

…gan to laugh. The figure reminded me of a picture I look to now and then when I think of nomads. It is a photo of a couple of 20th-century dudes with unusually biblical-looking beards who may pass for “wise men” on occasion (especially when they are…

March 15th, 2012

Daffodils in the city © 2012 Phil Fox Rose It seems that every year around this time I’m inspired to write about renewal and fresh starts. That’s not surprising, of course. The vernal equinox (March 20) is just days away and where I liv…

September 23rd, 2010
The unedited transcript the conversation between Brian McLaren, Clyde Edgerton and Eric Porterfield

…8217;ve got these huge issues about energy and the environment, this whole thing of what’s going on in Gaza in the last 24 hours. So there’s this desire to say here’s where we are, here’s the next step where we need to go. And…

May 17th, 2010
What exactly is it? What is the perception of the frequency? What is the reality?

…the hook up: Survey results As always, Busted Halo readers were more than willing to share thoughts and responses. More than 250 of you filled out the online survey, and the results are fascinating. Amanda, 26: “If a friend or sibling used th…

April 15th, 2010
The former Pedro the Lion leader talks about reactions to recent work and his current take on faith and his role as an artist

…and his faith — including being kicked off the main stage of a major Christian music festival — Bazan returned in 2009 with a new autobiographical and starkly agnostic album. In the following interview, Fink talks with Bazan about his ret…

December 31st, 2009
A traditional nun and her openly gay cousin discuss sexuality and the Catholic Church

Growing up just south of Los Angeles, Sr. Bernadette (Mary) Reis would see her cousin Paul Mages when her family took vacation trips to visit his family in the Milwaukee area. For the first 25 years after she entered the convent with the Daughters…

November 3rd, 2009
After 500 years, St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises continue to transform lives

…the largest male religious order in the Catholic church, the Society of Jesus—as the Jesuits are officially known—has nearly 20,000 members spread out across 112 nations around the globe who are involved in an endless variety of work ranging from ed…

August 17th, 2009
Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim leaders discuss the spiritual and religious challenges students face in college

…e a very active University Interfaith Association and that is our formal connection to the university. That group meets every 2 weeks during the school year. That helps us develop good professional relationships between the religious professionals on…

August 11th, 2009

…ill College in Philadelphia, and serves as a Chaplain at the college.  His book, A Faith That Frees: Catholic Matters for the 21 st Century, (Orbis Books 2007) examines the relationships between the practices of faith and the cultural currents and c…

February 2nd, 2009
The growing trend to tattoo your faith on your sleeve

…ecoming modified: tattooed, scarred, and pierced,” according to Jaime Wright, who completed a master’s thesis in 2006 on the topic of religion and body modification, while studying at the Graduate Theological Union. He notes the presen…

May 18th, 2008
I mean, we follow Jesus, but he didn't even write it; his friends did. If it was written so many years after his death by failing memories, why do we live by it? (What about the missing years?) Why do we base our beliefs on a man who 1) is like the rest of us and just wants peace, 2) was written about by other people who only told their version of the story, 3) wasn't important enough to be followed during the missing years?

These are great questions and I hope I can do them justice. The four gospels are important to us because they provide us with the first testimonies of faith. They share the story of Jesus from the perspectives of four quite different communities of…

December 20th, 2007
The filmmaking brothers follow up their groundbreaking 9/11 documentary with In God's Name

On the morning of September 11, 2001 French filmmakers Jules and Gedeon Naudet—who had been working for three months on a documentary on firemen—found themselves filming inside the World Trade Towers as they collapsed. The events they c…

December 6th, 2007
Reflections on God from a Spiritual Odd Couple

The Faith Between Us, by Peter Bebergal and Scott Korb, is the story of a failed Jewish mystic and a would-be Catholic priest who meet and become friends while searching for the meaning of God. The book’s range is broad, encompassing rock-and-…

July 26th, 2007
The former Missouri Senator (and ordained Episcopal priest) discusses how "moral values" have polarized America

When Missouri Republican John Danforth began his political career in 1968, he was already an ordained Episcopal priest. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1976, and re-elected in 1982 and 1988 before retiring in 1994. As priest and politician, D…

November 8th, 2006
Pure Sex, Pure Love

abit, she said, is that it is often grounded in our perception of God as “the vending machine God.” Mary, 29, whose younger brother suffered-and then recovered-from cancer, said when he was in the hospital in a coma, she prayed th…

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