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June 6th, 2006
Just who is the mysterious scribe behind Whispers in the Loggia, the controversial blog that Catholic power brokers can't seem to get enough of?

…New York Times and Associated Press now use him as an expert source on Roman Catholicism. His name is Rocco Palmo and he is 23 years old. Yes, you read that correctly. One of the most entertaining and provocative voices on the Catholic C…

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…

June 8th, 2005
A Basic Guide to Catholic Dogma, Doctrine and Teaching

…st be contained in Sacred Scripture or the postbiblical tradition of the Church, and thus considered to be revealed by God. 2. It must be explicitly proposed by the Church as a divinely revealed object of belief. 3. This must be done either in a…

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…

October 14th, 2013
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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

July 12th, 2006
The God Factor author Cathleen Falsani talks about her spiritual conversations with celebrities ranging from Bono to Elie Wiesel

…ere not editorial. They were featurey but not in my own voice. That started two years ago. We did about three around April of 2004 and the first that ran was Barack Obama. My editors said, “We need a three day series from you.” And was l…

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…

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 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…

September 27th, 2005
BustedHalo talks once again with "Fr. Gerard Thomas"

…ave? GT: I don’t think they’ll have to be asked, they’ll just leave. We’re talking about men in their 20′s. If he is a healthy, integrated person why would he stay? What kind of self-hatred would enable someone to stay?…

January 23rd, 2003
Ministering to the ‘Spiritual But Not Religious'

PART 1: THE HIRED GUN “Can you imagine us doing this in a church?” I wasn’t eavesdropping, but I did overhear Mina, the young mother, say so to one of her friends during the reception. “There’s just no way we would…

January 4th, 2006
The controversial Catholic author talks about his new book on one of the Church's oldest prayers

r an escape from purely selfish concerns. Since our site is aimed at young adults, are you seeing more young people in their 20′s and 30′s praying the rosary these days? Other demographics? “The rosary was used almost as a m…

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…

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…

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]…

July 10th, 2006
Baptizing my son was an awakening for me

My husband says being Catholic, for him, is like being gray-haired or left-handed. It’s self-evident, fundamental to who he is, but not something he wants to display on a T-shirt or a bumper sticker. Though I’m still brunette and a right…

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