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How Medieval Churches Used Witch Hunts to Gain More Followers

The Catholic and Protestant churches promoted themselves by persecuting witches, economists argue. The Salem witch trials of the 1690s have an iconic place in American lore. But before the Salem witch hunt, there was the “Great Hunt”: a larger, more prolonged European phenomenon between 1560 and 1630 that led to 80,000 accusations and 40,000 deaths. Show More Summary

Muslim Starts Six Fires at Catholic University, Including the Daycare – Says “You Guys Are Lucky I Don’t Know How to Make Bombs”

Tnuza Jamal Hassan, 19, of Minneapolis, was arrested this week after starting six to eight fires at St. Catherine University in Minneapolis. Hassan told police, “You guys are lucky that l don’t know how to build a bomb because l would...Show More Summary

DR Congo on edge ahead of 'banned' protest

A heavy police presence is expected in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa on Sunday ahead of planned protests demanding that President Joseph Kabila leave power. Catholic church leaders have called for a mass peacefulShow More Summary

Catholic Higher Education is a Joke

Here is yet another example: The College of the Holy Cross [Worcester, Mass.] is mulling whether to shed its century-old sports symbol the “Crusader” out of concerns the image of a Christian warrior might be offensive to Muslims. Why not...

In the mail: “The Tyranny of Metrics”

15 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

New from Princeton University Press and Catholic U. historian Jerry Z. Muller: Today, organizations of all kinds are ruled by the belief that the path to success is quantifying human performance, publicizing the results, and dividing up the rewards based on the numbers. Show More Summary

Kansas archbishop elected to lead anti-abortion role

20 hours agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

The archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas, has been chosen to a leading role in the Catholic Church’s fight against abortion.

Greta Gerwig's High School has 'Lady Bird' Fever

Greta Gerwig's critically-acclaimed "Lady Bird" -- which she wrote and directed -- figures to be an Oscar darling, but it's already a huge winner at her alma mater. Greta's former high school, St. Francis Catholic High School in Sacramento, CA --…

The Byzantine Great Blessing of the Waters

Since today is the feast of the Epiphany on the Julian Calendar, which is followed by both Catholics and Orthodox of the Byzantine Rite in various parts of the world, I thought I would give a somewhat more complete description of one of the loveliest and most popular ceremonies of the day, the Great Blessing of the Waters. Show More Summary

Analysis: Pope Francis uses Latin American trips to recover soul of the Catholic Church

Pope Francis’ fifth trip to Latin America in just five years as pontiff underscores his careful attempt to recapture the soul of the Roman Catholic Church in the region. During his weeklong travel through Chile and Peru, the Argentine-born pope’s message often has stood in marked contrast to those...

NAACP official to visit school following racist video

yesterdayReligion / Islam : On Faith

Administrators of a Rhode Island Roman Catholic high school plan to meet with local NAACP leadership after a video of the school’s former principal using racial slurs was made public.

Women of Color More Likely to Give Birth in Hospitals Where Catholic Beliefs Hinder Care

Women of color bear the brunt of Catholic hospital restrictions on abortion, sterilization, contraception, gender-affirming procedures, and other care under religious directives. The post Women of Color More Likely to Give Birth in Hospitals Where Catholic Beliefs Hinder Care appeared first on Rewire.

Ex-classmate accused of killing Blaze Bernstein boasted of religious faith, conservative views

The 20-year-old Newport Beach man facing a murder charge in the fatal stabbing of former high school classmate Blaze Bernstein spoke openly on social media about his Catholic faith and conservative political views. Samuel Lincoln Woodward wrote more than a year ago on his ASKfm page that if he...

Pro Wrestler Mike Parrow: Conversion Therapy Made Me Realize ‘I am Gay and That is Not Going to Change’ – WATCH

yesterdayLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Pro wrestler Mike Parrow came out as gay last month and sat down this morning with Good Morning Britain for his first TV interview about his coming out. (above) Said Parrow: “My mum was very Catholic, and there was never any talk orShow More Summary

CHILE: Pope Francis Spawns Outrage After Accusing Victims Of Notorious Pedophile Priest Of Slander

yesterdayLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

The Associated Press reports: Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Show More Summary

Pope Francis Riles Many In Chile By Accusing Bishop's Critics Of Slander

yesterdayNews : The Two-Way

On the last day of his visit to Chile, Pope Francis set the simmering resentment some hold against the Catholic Church to a full boil.

Pope's Remarks Stun Victims of Pedophile Priest

Pope Francis accused victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan...

Pope accuses sex abuse victims of slander

Comments punctuate end of visit meant to help heal wounds of scandal that has cost Catholic Church credibility in Chile

Pope sparks outrage in Chile after backing bishop accused of covering up abuse

yesterdayNews : BlogPost

It was supposed to be an apology tour but the pope’s Chile visit drew unexpected ire on Thursday after the head of the Catholic Church came to the support of Juan Barros, a bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse. The remarks came at the end of a visit that was intended to soothe tensions between the […]

Promised You A Miracle

In its first two episodes, Lisa McGee’s feisty sitcom ‘Derry Girls’  hasn’t been afraid to tackle sacred cows. But after making some jokes about Catholic schools, the Channel 4 sitcom finally went the full hog on Catholicism in episode three, bravely – or rather foolishly, depending on your point of view – inviting comparisons with more...

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