Karen Laquidara Howe

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Pope comments on homosexuality, leaders react

Pope Francis’ new comments on homosexuality has stunned some Catholics, while giving comfort to others. Kate Childs Graham with the National Catholic Reporter analyzes what the pontiff’s comments mean for the Catholic church and its relationship with the LGBT community.

Pope Francis: music to my progressive Catholic ears

From the moment Pope Francis stepped out on that balcony, I knew that something was different. Maybe it was the shy smile, the warm wave. The choice of "Francis" perhaps. Or his Jesuit roots, his Argentinian homeland. But still, I was waiting for the Prada loafer to drop.<p>I was waiting for Francis …

Pope Francis calls abortion a product of a 'throwaway culture'

ROME -- After expressing frustration with the Roman Catholic Church’s focus on hot-button doctrinal issues,<p>Pope Francislaunched a stinging attack onabortionFriday, calling it the product of a “throwaway culture.”<p>“Every baby who is not born, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face …

New Balance

Pope Francis' interview widely praised -- but for different reasons

Popes are famously believed to be endowed with infallibility, which is often misinterpreted to mean that they can never be wrong. In actuality, they are only considered infallible when it comes to the issuance of Roman Catholic doctrine.<p>Infallible or not, popes are not immune to dissent, …

Christianity

Pope urges Catholic doctors to refuse abortions

Pontiff denounces terminations as part of 'throw-away' culture in move seen as sop to more conservative wing of church<p>Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic church on Friday, when he denounced abortions as a symptom of today's …

Pope Francis Says More Nice Words About LGBTs, Changes Nothing

Pope Francis, leader of the 1.2-billion-member Roman Catholic Church, is making headlines again for saying something nice about LGBT people.<p>In a wide-ranging interview released Thursday, the pontiff said that his church has become "obsessed" with attacking marriage equality, abortion, and …

The Christ-Centered Pope

The Catholic Church and the world wrestle with an evangelical papacy.<p>Perhaps the most revealing detail in Pope Francis’s lengthy interview, conducted …

Christianity

Is Pope Francis leading the Catholic Church in a new direction?

<b>Will Pope Francis' message take hold?</b><p>In a newly published interview, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church should not obsess over topics like abortion, homosexuality, and contraception. But are these new statements from the pope going to broaden the church's appeal or alienate conservative …

Pope Calls For 'New Balance' On Hot-Button Social Issues

In an interview published Thursday, Pope Francis criticized the Catholic Church for being "obsessed" with anti-gay, anti-abortion and anti-contraception doctrine. He said the Church needs a "new balance" or it could "fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the …

Pope urges more understanding for gays

Pope Francis has said the Catholic church must shake off an obsession with teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality and become more merciful or risk the collapse of its entire moral edifice "like a house of cards".<p>Signalling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Francis said in an …

A Coming American Schism Over Pope Francis?

He opposes war, succors the poor, and now preaches tolerance. What’s a conservative Catholic to do about Pope Francis? Candida Moss on the latest …

Pope Francis criticizes church emphasis on abortion, gays

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Signaling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by "small-minded rules" about how to be faithful and that pastors should instead emphasize compassion over condemnation when discussing divisive social issues of abortion, gays …

Cardinal Dolan: Pope is 'on to something' with 'fresh' stance on social issues

Pope Francis is starting to turn public perception of the Catholic Church in a more positive direction, a leading American Catholic cleric said Friday.<p>The pope laid out a more pastoral vision, one with less of a doctrinal focus, during an interview published Thursday that said the church cannot …

Rupert Murdoch: Pope Francis’ remarks on gays, abortion ‘really refreshing’

News Corp. CEO <b>Rupert Murdoch</b>, regarding <b>Pope Francis</b>‘ Thursday remarks in which he cautioned the Catholic Church against excessive preaching against gays and abortion:<p>[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/rupertmurdoch/status/380859086293958656″]

The world's Catholics ponder the points of Pope Francis first major interview

The world’s 1.2 billion Catholics have been studying the content of the first major interview of Pope Francis.<p>In it he warned the church risks the collapse of its entire moral structure “like a house of cards” if it doesn’t shake off its obsession with teachings on abortion, contraception and …