Belief Beat
January 2011 Archives

The blogosphere has erupted over whether this newly revealed 1997 letter from a senior Vatican official to Irish bishops constitutes a “smoking gun,” because it expresses concerns about a proposed mandatory reporting policy — now implemented — of abuse cases to secular authorities. […]

Remember how after 9/11, there was talk about the death of irony? Looks like the post-Tucson call for political civility has had an even shorter run, with a — can we call it ironic? — Christian twist: In addition to the Sarah […]

While former Catholic priest Alberto Cutie (aka “Father Oprah”) has been out promoting his book about his defection to the Episcopal Church and happy new life as a husband and father, three former Anglican bishops, apparently seeking more conservative pastures, were preparing […]

Today is the U.S. federal holiday marking the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which some people observe as a national day of service. (The civil rights icon would have been 82 this year.) Here are some faith-related links: […]

We’ve had a lot of somber religion news this week, so here’s something from Religion Dispatches to lighten the mood: Crowdsourced Catholicism: New iPhone App Lets Users Forgive Sins. Penance, an application released for the iPhone in early December, allows users […]

The Vatican has announced that the late Pope John Paul II will be beatified — bestowed with the “blessed” title that comes as the final step before sainthood — on May 1. Some critics are wary that this process is happening so […]

President Obama delivered a moving eulogy last night for the victims, families and survivors of the Tucson assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). Somewhat surprisingly, given presidential precedent and Obama’s own efforts lately to reassert his Christian bona fides, the […]

I had to bang out a story for Religion News Service this morning about the fallout over Sarah Palin’s use of the loaded term “blood libel” in her Facebook response to critics who have made a connection between her kind of aggressive campaign […]

It was a year ago today that a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, and by all accounts, the country is still struggling to emerge from the rubble. (Puts our “snowpocalypse” into perspective, doesn’t it?) Here are some faith-related links on the […]

Here are some faith-related links about the Arizona shooting that claimed the lives of six people — including 63-year-old U.S. District Judge John Roll and 9-year-old Christina Green (in an oddly awful bookend, she had been born on 9/11) — and […]