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Central African bishops distance themselves from group promising violence

Catholic bishops in the Central African Republic have distanced themselves from a group that is promising to defend the church and avenge the deaths of priests.

Morning Briefing

Morning Briefing: Catholic #MeToo victims, advocates face backlash; Mary of Magdala's connection to Jesus; The various paths of religious life; Muslim candidates running for office; Church of England fears narcisstic clergy; Phillipine president picks a fight with Catholic Church

Controversial climate fix poses new question: Is geoengineering playing God?

Some organizations are urging religious groups to consider more controversial ways to avert climate catastrophe.  One possible climate change solution in particular is getting more attention now: geoengineering.

Francis, the comic strip

Francis, the comic strip: It seems Francis himself has recognized the humor inherent in being pope. "Francis," the comic strip, picks up on that cue.

Links for 7/17/18

Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: An odd America editorial; meeting parallel to the pope in Dublin; Democrats' and Republicans' misperceptions of each other.

I guard my minutes and hours almost as ferociously as Nonna did

My Italian grandmother wouldn't give up two hours for a movie, but she gave every waking minute of every day to action, for her family, and for others.

Catholic #MeToo victims and advocates face backlash

A survivors' support group is contending with online attacks and, for some of its leaders, legal action. Some say this retaliation is part of the broad pushback against the Catholic #MeToo movement. 

Mary of Magdala's profound connection to Jesus shows us the power of love

Simply Spirit: For the most part — at least until recently — Mary of Magdala's witness was all but invisible in Christian history, even though her testimony is the lynchpin upon which the proclamation of the resurrection depends.

The priesthood, celibacy and sex

Signs of the Times: There is universal agreement that those who have sex with minors should be prosecuted as criminals and expelled from the priesthood. But what about violations with adults? Are there other sexual violations that should be treated by the church with zero tolerance?

Nicaraguan bishops to pray for exorcism as violence continues

As attacks on Catholic clergy continue and anti-government protesters are besieged by Nicaraguan police and paramilitaries, the bishops said they would pray an exorcism prayer.