• Cardinal O’Malley: This pope brings hope

    • Sep 12, 2014

    Because Pope Francis “walks his own talk,” as Crux associate editor John L. Allen Jr. put it Thursday night during a panel at Boston College, he’s won over the hearts of millions of Catholics. But there are many challenges left to confront – challenges with the potential to shape the church

  • Catholic League bows out of St. Patrick’s parade

    • Sep 11, 2014

    Though still six months from the annual wearing of the green, the battle around who’s in and who’s out at next year’s New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade intensified today, with one well-known Catholic group dropping out on the heels of a decision by parade organizers to grant an

  • US churches feel the beat of change – except Catholics

    • Sep 11, 2014

    U.S. religious congregations are marching to their own drums now more than ever. The National Congregations Study’s latest look at the country’s churches, synagogues and mosques — the third wave of studies that began in 1998 — finds more congregations: * Open their doors to gays and lesbians in active

  • Congregations – except Catholics – more accepting of gays

    • Sep 11, 2014

    Overall acceptance of gays and lesbians in American religious congregations rose significantly between 2006 and 2012, but it declined in Catholic congregations, according to a new survey. Duke University’s National Congregations Study, derived from interviews with representatives of 1,331 American congregations, was released Thursday. The study found overall acceptance of

  • Catholic League bowing out of St. Patrick’s parade

    • Sep 11, 2014

    The Catholic League said Thursday that it will sit out next year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York because event organizers aren’t letting an anti-abortion group march. The group, formally known as the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, has been marching for 20 years, said its president,

  • Politician singles out gay preacher in victory speech

    • Sep 10, 2014

    It happened in Massachusetts, where gay marriage became legal in 2004 and most residents are way past fretting over who’s gay and who’s not. Still, it’s unusual – if not unprecedented – for a marine combat veteran and politician to single out a gay preacher in his victory speech. Yet