Christianity

After priest/child rape scandal, Australian Archbishop says he'll ask the Pope to allow priests to have sex

As a Royal Commission in Australia wraps up its investigation into decades of rape by priests (especially rape of children), and decades of Church …

Culture

Mike Pence's Holy Land visit in disarray after Jerusalem recognition

Tour was intended to draw attention to plight of Christians in Middle East, but many are now refusing to meet him<p>The lights are already illuminated on Bethlehem’s huge Christmas tree in Manger Square.<p>Nearby, at the narrow entrance to the Church of the Nativity, holiday pilgrims queue daily for …

Israel

Pope greets artists of Christmas Concert in the Vatican

<i>by Robin Gomes</i><p>“<b>Christmas</b> is a feast that is heart-felt, participatory and capable of warming the coldest of hearts, that <b>removes barriers of</b> …

Religion

Facebook Nixes Photo of Vatican Nativity Scene as ‘Sexually Provocative’

In one of the least likely stories of all time, Facebook has vetoed a photo of the Vatican’s yearly Nativity scene, referencing its policy against …

Religion

These Schools Get Millions Of Tax Dollars To Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students

Your tax dollars could be helping.<p>LYNCHBURG, Va. ― Sunnie Kahle used to think that if she promised to be good, she could go back to her old school.<p>She’d plead with her great-grandmother to let her enroll again at Timberlake Christian Schools, where she had gone since she was 3 years old. Even if …

Education

The Collected Best Christian Books of 2017

For the past couple of weeks my RSS feeder has been humming with list after list of the best books of 2017. It seems that just about every avid …

Books

That time a priest was reprimanded by a saint

Vatican City, Dec 15, 2017 / 09:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When white smoke poured out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on October 16, 1978, Fr. …

John Paul II

Pence's Mideast Trip Shrinks After Pushing Trump on Jerusalem

Vice President Mike Pence is set to receive a cooler reception from Arab leaders on a Middle East trip next week than he once expected, after pushing …

Business

Pope to meet Jordan King Abdullah

VATICAN CITY (AFP) -<p>Pope Francis will meet Jordan's King Abdullah II at the Vatican next week, the Holy See announced Friday, as Palestinians continue to clash with Israeli forces over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.<p>Demonstrations and violence broke …

Israel

Sexy Orthodox Church members bare all in 2018 calendar

Every year since 2012, the Orthodox Calendar has been tantalizing and provoking discussions about faith, artistic freedom, and homophobia.<p>With …

LGBTQ

A La Carte (The All-R.C. Sproul Edition)

Every day I use this space to post a collection of interesting links in a feature I call “A La Carte.” Today I am going to change it up and link only …

Evangelical Christianity

Hartford auxiliary bishop resigns at age 72

Hartford, Conn., Dec 15, 2017 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See announced Friday that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Auxiliary …

Religion

Most Rev. Dominic Luong, first Vietnamese-born U.S. bishop, celebrated as champion of refugees at standing-room-only funeral

Orange County Bishop Kevin Vann presided at funeral services for Bishop Dominic Luong at Holy Family Cathedral in Orange on Thursday, December 14, …

Religion

The Numinous and R.C. Sproul

<i>“Only once in sacred Scripture is an attribute of God elevated to the third degree. Only once is a characteristic of God mentioned three times in</i> …

Evangelical Christianity

Talking Points: Did you see what they said?

"It is not the job of the government to <b>pick the winners and losers</b> of the internet ... We should have a level playing field." <i>— FCC Chairman Ajit Pai</i> …

Opinion

The Hope You Need

The Hope You Need<p>by Charles R. SwindollScriptures: Hebrews 6:19<p>Somewhere along the many miles of southern California shoreline walked a young, …

Evangelical Christianity

Have you found Christ? Baby Jesus, mother Mary stolen from Bancroft church nativity scene.

Mary and Baby Jesus have been missing for six days, reports the Bancroft OPP.<p>Someone took the pair from the front lawn of a Hastings Street South …

Religion

Father James Martin and Ross Douthat discuss civility in public & church discourse

“If we can demonstrate, as a church, that we can disagree with one another” with civility, “then we can say to our neighbors, ‘This is still …

Religion

‘It’s all about wonder and to look, to be able to ponder’ – the story behind spectacular nativity scenes

Each December, a newborn baby takes centre stage in Nativity scenes throughout the land. Julie Harding meets those responsible for bringing the …

Religion

Swedish cardinal laments attacks on nation's Jewish community

Stockholm, Sweden, Dec 15, 2017 / 10:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Multiple attacks against the Jewish community in Sweden have sparked outcry from leaders …

Catholicism

R.C. Sproul on the Curse Motif of the Atonement

An excerpt from R.C. Sproul’s 2008 T4G message: “The Curse Motif of the Atonement.”<p>You can watch the whole thing here. One of the best sermons I’ve …

Evangelical Christianity

Bishops joust over contested choice as shepherd of Nigerian diocese

ROME – After a period of relative calm, an almost unprecedented crisis in the Nigerian diocese of Ahiara, which has been without a bishop for seven …

Religion

Keep Close to the Heart of Christmas

<b>Audio Transcript</b><p><i>Today we embark on a six-part series related to Christmas, answering your hard questions about the conception, birth, and childhood</i> …

Theology

Christmas Reading: December 15

<b>For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ: Though he was rich, for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. (2</b> …

Jesus

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops - Appointment of new Bishop for Mackenzie-Fort Smith

<b>(CCCB – Ottawa)...</b> His Holiness Pope Francis today named <b>Father Jon Hansen, C.Ss.R.</b>, Bishop of the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith. At the time of his …

Canada

Italy deals Church third big political loss, this time on right-to-die

ROME – Just days before the 11th anniversary of the death of an Italian man whose battle to be allowed to die stimulated wide debate in the country …

Health Care

Catholics must take responsibility for the past, says Francis Sullivan – video

Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Commission, tells the Guardian that the <i>‘</i>shameful and confronting’ culture of the Catholic church in the past needs to change and that he hopes the royal commission into child sex abuse will initiate cultural reform in the church.

Religion

Breaking into the ordinary - CNA Columns: Your Heart, His Home

When I was a child, I loved most the wise men of our nativity set for their grandeur and color and elegance, and for the numinous gifts they brought …

Catholicism

Catholic Church keen for seal of confession to remain unchanged - PM - ABC Radio

PM speaks with Francis Sullivan, chief executive of the Catholic Church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council, about the Royal Commission's …

Religion

Crikey Quiz: far-right figure or comic book super villain?

We’ve mined some of the worst people in fictional and human history to see if there’s any difference between imagined and real, human evil. And, I …

Jesus