September 4, 2015 |
Pope Francis' arrival in Philadelphia this month comes as Roman Catholicism is losing some of its hold among young Americans, a new national survey finds, and when many Catholics disagree with their church on a broad array of family teachings. With more than a quarter of American Catholics divorced, and 44 percent reporting they have cohabited with a romantic partner without being married, "most American Catholics are comfortable with family arrangements that have been traditionally frowned upon by the church," according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.
November 20, 2014 |
For Philadelphia's Catholic leaders, Pope Francis' announcement that he will visit the city was worthy of a Rocky dance - the one where the fictional boxer bounces on the balls of his feet, fists raised in the air, just after conquering the Art Museum steps. Fittingly, the organizers of the Catholic Church's World Meeting of Families chose the Art Museum's Grand Hall, just a few feet from the famous steps, to relay the news. It was the culmination of months of efforts to secure the pope's attendance, including a trip to Rome by Archbishop Charles Chaput, Mayor Nutter, and Gov. Corbett.
March 18, 2014 |
Religion makes a lot of mistakes. Faith traditions can be so harsh that they drive away everyone but the self-righteous scolds. Or they can so indulge in therapeutic comfort and manufactured joy that they come to seem like a charlatan's game. They can be so otherworldly that they offer no guidance to those living in this one on matters of justice, freedom, and how we should live together. Or they are so captive to the here and now that it becomes hard to distinguish between a congregation and a party headquarters.
March 31, 2011
By Jonathan Zimmerman Stop the spread of sharia law! Ban gay marriage and abortion! As the 2012 elections inch closer, GOP lawmakers and presidential hopefuls are tripping over each other to denounce the alleged threat posed by Islam to the American body politic. They're also trying to rally so-called values voters with appeals to conservative cultural themes, especially on marriage and reproduction. Memo to Republicans: Muslims are cultural conservatives, too. And if you can stop maligning them for a moment, they might move over to your column.
November 23, 2008 |
On his way to a decisive victory, Barack Obama won a majority of the nation's Catholic voters, a closely watched swing group that has sided with the winner in nine of the last 10 presidential elections. He won despite the preaching of some conservative bishops that it would be wrong to vote for a candidate who supports abortion rights, as Obama does, and after a years-long effort by Democrats to close their party's persistent "God gap" with the Republicans among religious voters.
April 26, 2005
WHEN YOU say in your April 20 editorial that the cardinals "opted to continue the Euro-(and American) centric fight against modern Western culture," you are showing an ignorance of the trends in the Roman Catholic Church. It is in the emerging nations of Africa and Asia where the church has dynamic growth that it is most conservative. It is in the weakening "Euro-(and American) centric" areas where some are calling for change. Don't kid yourself by presuming that even most American Catholics are looking for dramatic change.
April 24, 2005 |
Pope Benedict XVI yesterday thanked the news media for its coverage of the papal transition and said he would continue the late Pope John Paul II's dialogue with the media. The Pope acknowledged the modern media's ability to reach "the whole of humanity" and underscored what he called journalists' "ethical responsibilities" as part of a "sincere search for the truth and the safeguarding of the centrality and the dignity of the person. " The Pope, who until a few days ago was known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, met with reporters in Pope Paul VI Hall for about 15 minutes but did not take questions, unlike John Paul II, whose first news conference lasted 40 minutes.
April 6, 2005
Pope John Paul II Some readers' thoughts on his life, his legacy and his policies. Daniel Deagler of Plumsteadville: For many years - in fact for most of American history - the popes seemed to be an endless succession of odd-looking Italian men. To many American Catholics, they were mysterious and foreign. The Polish pope, John Paul II, was different. He was fair, rugged and handsome. He looked remarkably like one of us. In a suit and tie he would have looked like a Wall Street banker or a U.S. senator.
June 5, 2004 |
President Bush had an audience yesterday with Pope John Paul II in Rome, but his real audience may have been at home, where he is battling Democratic Sen. John Kerry for the votes of American Catholics. Three factors combine to make Roman Catholics a potentially pivotal bloc in the election: They are the country's largest religious denomination, 65 million strong. They are a major presence in battleground states such as Pennsylvania and Ohio. And they are split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, the only denomination so closely divided.
April 3, 1999 |
In a rare joint Good Friday statement, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops called on the nation's 60 million Catholics to help put an end to capital punishment. "We see the death penalty as perpetuating a cycle of violence and promoting a sense of vengeance in our culture," the bishops' statement said. "We cannot teach that killing is wrong by killing. " The statement from the Administrative Board of the U.S. Catholic Conference said that "for more than 25 years, the Catholic bishops of the United States have called for an end to the death penalty in our land.