Faith

  • Was Mary’s Immaculate Conception Absolutely Necessary?

    In my understanding, the Catholic Church believes that it was not absolutely or intrinsically necessary for the Blessed Virgin Mary to be sinless; only fitting or appropriate (God making the choice). Thus, even a dogmatic belief in the Immaculate Conception does not in any way impinge upon the Two...
  • COMMENTARY: We Celebrate Christmas Wrong

    Many of us celebrate Christmas wrong. We should fast. Seriously. Advent should be one big fast fest if we are trying to recreate what led up to that first Christmas. We should act as if we know nothing until the evening of Dec. 24th. Until then, we’re simply feeling...
  • Is God Human? Spirit Is Both Father and Mother, Says Church of Sweden

    God is not a man, according to The Church of Sweden. Sweden’s national Evangelical Lutheran church is urging its clergy to stop gendering their almighty creator by using terms like “he” and “lord.” It’s updated its official handbook to reflect the changes, which will go into effect on May...
  • Great schism as church demands gender-neutral language for God

    STOCKHOLM — The Church of Sweden is urging its clergy to use gender-neutral language when referring to the supreme deity, refraining from using terms like “Lord” and “He” in favor of the less specific “God.” The move is one of several taken by the national Evangelical Lutheran church in...
  • What it feels like to be enlightened

    Mysticism has been on my mind again lately, in part because of the success of Why Buddhism Is True by my friend Robert Wright. During a mystical experience, you feel as though you are encountering absolute reality, whatever the hell that is. Wright explores the possibility that meditation can...
  • Journalist-turned-pastor who led historic church restoration dead at 52

    Salatheia Bryant-Honors earned master’s and doctorate from theology school Salatheia Bryant-Honors, a journalist who found a second career in pastoral ministry and presided over the renovation of a historic Galveston church, died last week. She was 52. Skills developed as news reporter and a passion for social justice set...
  • When Americans tried – and failed – to reunite Christianity

    (The Conversation) – Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther, a German monk, initiated a split in Christianity that came to be known as the Protestant Reformation. After the Reformation, deep divisions between Protestants and Catholics contributed to wars, hostility and violence in Europe and America. For centuries, each side...
  • Journalist alleges gay sex in Vatican youth seminary

    ROME — The Italian journalist who was put on trial by the Vatican for publishing confidential documents has written a new book alleging a host of Catholic sins, including gay sex in the Vatican’s youth seminary. Gianluigi Nuzzi’s “Original Sin” went on sale Thursday. At a news conference, Nuzzi...
  • Reclaiming Our Faith in the Era Trump

    Can we have a real conversation about Jesus? I hope we can. Because I was planning to have one with or without you. Like many Americans, I was raised in the church. I spent a majority of Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday evenings and a good chunk of summers at...