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Twitter, the pope and what comes next
Anyone scanning #askpontifex will come to understand there is a bitter divide within the Catholic Church.
Benedict XVI retires on his own terms
The pope said he was thinking about the future of the papacy, not the past, when he made his stunning announcement to retire by the end of the month.
Anglicans swimming the Tiber, one year later
During the first year of its work, the North American ordinariate ordained or accepted 30 new priests, all former Anglicans, and took in 1,600 members from 36 parish communities.
The sexual revolution trumps doctrine, again
Most regular church goers view same-sex marriage as immoral but a growing majority of Americans no longer feel comfortable with words like 'sin' says religion columnist Terry Mattingly.
Secret fears of your pastor: Part 2
Many pastors are afraid to level with their congregations for fear that members will call their ecclesiastical superiors to register a complaint, says religion columnist Terry Mattingly.
What preachers are scared to say: Part 1
Many pastors, maybe most, fear the consequences of speaking candidly to their congregations, says religion columnist Terry Mattingly.
Hot news on the religion news beat in 2012
2012 was a year packed with church-state fireworks.
Columbine, Newtown and the culture of death
Has violence become so prevalent in our society that we have become largely unconscious of it?
Dave Brubeck's long pilgrimage
The jazz master decided as an adult to be baptized as a Catholic but resisted the term "convert" and repeatedly explained that he found it impossible to describe precisely what he had "converting from."
Occupy Advent 2012
Most Americans "frontload" Christmas celebrations into the weeks before Christmas, trample Advent and then ignore the traditional season of Christmas.
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