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  • Jimmy Carter says religious discrimination is partly to blame for violence against women

    • Nov 21, 2014

    Religious discrimination against women, including in Catholicism, is largely to blame for violence and injustice against women around the world. And that violence and injustice “is the most important and unaddressed and serious affliction of human rights on earth,” former US president Jimmy Carter said this week. Treating women “as

  • A Conversation on the art of dying

    • Nov 19, 2014

    I am inside this grand, imposing, dark-wood-paneled room at the equally imposing Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, at a dinner about death. It’s a subject I seem unable to escape since taking on the religion beat. There’s about 20 of us — Catholics, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Unitarians, Episcopalians, one woman of

  • Joan Chittister: You can lose everything, but win in the end by simply going on

    • Nov 17, 2014

    The day before Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley went on “60 Minutes” to declare the Vatican investigation of American nuns “a disaster,” the woman who once led those nuns, Joan Chittister, knocked it out of the park before 600 rapt fans who packed the Wellesley College chapel Saturday. “The rising comes

  • The pastoral vs. the hit-'em-over-the-head approach

    • Nov 13, 2014

    Call it yet another indicator of fissures in the Church hierarchy. Or, if you prefer, the pastoral vs. the hit-’em-over-the-head approach. Last week, Pope Francis demoted conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke, who’d led a hardball crusade to deny Communion to abortions rights politicians. Burke had specifically singled out then-Massachusetts senator John

  • Prayer according to Cynthia Bourgeault

    • Nov 12, 2014

    In her book “The Wisdom Jesus,” Cynthia Bourgeault points out something I’d never considered. When the first apostles left their fishing nets and homes to follow Jesus, it was before the miracles, the healings, and the teachings that helped them come to understand: Here was no ordinary man. “There is

  • Inspired, and inspiring, words from Richard Rohr

    • Nov 11, 2014

    “Religion either produces the very best people or the very worst.” I read those words weeks ago when the horrors of ISIS and Boko Haram first broke into our consciousness. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest and author, wrote them, and said it’s no wonder so many reject religion when the