More than 40 Catholic leaders and theologians have issued an open letter to Catholic candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, warning them “to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail.”
Published in 2012 Archives
Of all the controversies that have followed in the bloody wake of the July 20 shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., few have provided such a clarifying insight into the moral tensions and contradictions in American culture than the argument over whether gun control is a religious issue.
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WASHINGTON (RNS) -- The earthquake that rumbled up the East Coast from Virginia on Aug. 23 “significantly damaged” the central tower of Washington National Cathedral, shaking carved stone finials from atop the iconic church.

Published in 2011 Archives
Four decades after Roe v. Wade, many opponents of the decision which legalized abortion are in a celebratory mood while those backing abortion rights feel momentum is turning against them. Yet in reality, little has changed in the fierce battle.
Published in Faith & Culture
A presidential inauguration is by tradition the grandest ritual of America’s civil religion, but President Obama took the oath of office on Jan. 21 in a ceremony that was explicit in joining theology to the nation’s destiny and setting out a biblical vision of equality.
Published in Nation
Who should Christians root for in Sunday’s Super Bowl: the Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers? It may be a silly question to some, though not to millions of American believers who value the regular public testimonies of numerous athletes and coaches.
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The third season of the megahit PBS series Downton Abbey wraps up on Feb. 17, capping another must-see run of ruin and redemption at Lord Grantham’s stately English manor. Yet some are still puzzled over the absence of what should be a leading player in this colorful cast: God.
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Will the conclave electing a new pope next month have an “Obama moment” and pick someone from Africa or Latin America or Asia for the first time in modern history? The public seems enamored of the idea of a non-European pope, and so are many cardinals.
Published in World

When Bob Jones III recently questioned whether President Obama is a Christian, it was a reminder of how little the political world has heard from the man and the rock-ribbed Christian school that bears his name. That may reflect a subtle but steady shift in its approach to the world.

Published in 2011 Archives

Polls in Iowa showed that rank-and-file evangelicals threw most of their support to Rick Santorum, a devout Catholic, rather than either of Santorum’s evangelical rivals, Rep. Michele Bachmann or Texas Gov. Rick Perry. And in South Carolina, where the Jan. 21 primary is shaping up to be a make-or-break date for social conservatives who want to slow Mitt Romney’s momentum, evangelicals make up about 60 percent of likely voters.

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