No ministry has so profoundly shaped my life in God as being a faith companion to God's transgender people. I am compelled to give witness to how I have seen them for almost two decades.
From Where I Stand - Amid sex abuse revelations, the cry for reform gets louder by the day. And while some reform of structures is imperative, it's the theology that counts.
Simply Spirit - I wonder if the current implosion of ecclesiastical credibility over clergy sex abuse can create a new moment of grace, one that breaks down outmoded governance models. We may already have a road map — thanks to liberation theologian Leonardo Boff.
Five Catholic nuns in the southern Indian state of Kerala are holding an indefinite sit-in demanding the arrest of a bishop accused of repeatedly raping another sister.
In a part of Guatemala City that lacks public health amenities, Sr. Sarah Mulligan runs a clinic where locals of all income levels can get affordable, quality medical care. Clínica Daniel Comboni offers several programs to meet locals' needs; some services empower local women, while others supplement children's education and nutrition.
An Indian Catholic nun who claims a bishop raped her has accused the Vatican and senior church officials of inaction and silence despite her repeated complaints, but the bishop says the accusations are baseless.
In recent years I have engaged in a form of lectio divina on July 4. On the morning of U.S. Independence Day, I re-read the United States' Declaration of Independence. Last year, I reflected on the reference to "merciless Indian Savages." This year, I noticed that well over half the document is a complaint listing specific acts of oppression by the king of England.
A Sept. 4 letter signed by more than 1,500 Catholic nuns, priests and other church leaders from around the country addressed to U.S. senators voiced concerns about Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a fellow Catholic, as he faced confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill in early September that may result in a seat for him on the Supreme Court of the United States.
A conference marking 50 years since a historic Catholic gathering in Colombia kept its focus on the anniversary, which some considered a missed opportunity to address the present-day injustice of abuse. But the Confederation of Latin American Religious meeting that followed did not shy away from the crisis, with a call for "a new way to be a church."
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious issued a statement Aug. 20 in response to a grand jury report from Pennsylvania that more than 300 priests sexually assaulted at least 1,000 victims over 70 years, most of which bishops covered up.
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