Faith: Catholic

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    Church attendance in Ireland has been dropping precipitously, and the number of priests being ordained from the country’s only Catholic seminary is at an all time low. “The young people, the under 40’s, have largely deserted the church in Ireland now,” says Rev. Tony Flannery of the Association of Catholic Priests. More

    July 15, 2011 | Comments

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    A new study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice rules out celibacy and homosexuality as causes of the Catholic sexual abuse crisis. More

    May 20, 2011 | Comments

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    Praying with the relics of a saint, says Walters Art Museum curator Martina Bagnoli, was “a kind of way of channeling your prayer to heaven.” More

    May 6, 2011 | Comments

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    The Catholic Church’s complex system for declaring someone a saint has evolved since the thirteenth century. More

    April 29, 2011 | Comments

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    Watch more about the deeply personal roles saints can play for individual Catholics. More

    April 29, 2011 | Comments

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    Watch more about the documentation that must be gathered before someone can be proclaimed a saint. More

    April 29, 2011 | Comments

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    Doctors and patients make health care decisions, says Dr. Bruce Silva of the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center, “but then it has to be okay’d by someone else who puts their belief systems and their ethics on me and on my patients.” More

    March 25, 2011 | Comments

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    Writer Mary Karr says what struck her about Catholicism “wasn’t the grandeur of the Mass, it was the simple faith of the people” and “the carnality of the church. There was a body on the cross.” More

    March 4, 2011 | Comments

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    “I don’t sing like a showman,” says the famous baritone who began singing in 1947 for evangelist Billy Graham’s crusade ministry. “That’s the opposite of the way I feel.” More

    February 11, 2011 | Comments

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    Join our discussion of the most anticipated religion and ethics news stories in the year ahead. More

    December 30, 2010 | Comments

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