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Barbara Marx Hubbard

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

In the wake of the Vatican's harsh rebuke of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), we talk with Barbara Marx Hubbard, the keynote speaker at the LCWR's recent Assembly.

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WNYC News

Prayer Before Politics for City's Nuns

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Prayer isn't the only thing on the minds of nuns in New York City. Last week, a letter from the Vatican condemned the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the organization that oversees most of the United States' nuns, for radical feminist ideas and pushing an agenda that backs the ordination of women.

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The Takeaway

Crisis Management In The Vatican

Thursday, June 07, 2012

First there were sexual abuse cover ups. Then there was a string of private letters and documents published in Italian newspapers called "Vatileaks" suggesting trouble in Rome. Now the Catholic Church has condemned an influential group of American nuns for promoting radical feminist themes." How is the Church handling this worsening public relations disaster?

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The Empire

NYS Catholic Bishops Push Min Wage Increase

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the New York State Catholic Conference called on lawmakers in Albany on Thursday to pass, “a modest increase” in the state’s minimum wage, currently set at $7.25.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Church Politics

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

On Ash Wednesday, how are you observing Lent this year?  in light of "Vatileaks" and the contraceptive services controversy, does politics affect your religious practice? Paul Moses, former Newsday city editor and senior religion writer, professor of journalism at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and the author of The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace, comes in to discuss.

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WNYC News

‘Rock Star’ Dolan Embraces Bully Pulpit

Friday, February 17, 2012

Pope Benedict the XVI elevated 22 men to the position of cardinal on Saturday, including Timothy M. Dolan, head of the New York Archdiocese.

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WNYC News

Catholic Worshipers Welcome Changes to Mass

Sunday, November 27, 2011

It was billed as the most significant alteration to the Catholic mass in decades — a set of new English-language translations for the missal, the text recited by priests and congregants. But many Sunday churchgoers at St. Joan of Arc, in Jackson Heights, said they welcomed the changes, while others simply said it was no big deal.

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WNYC News

Catholics Prepare for New Mass

Saturday, November 26, 2011

As Catholics start the holy season of Advent, there will be some changes in how they celebrate Mass. Starting this weekend, Roman Catholic churches across the United States and other English speaking countries, will use a new translation of the missal, the text and prayers used by the priest and congregants at the Mass.

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WNYC News

Archbishop Dolan: Government Eroding Religious Liberty

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

U.S. Roman Catholic bishops this week vowed to defend their religious liberty in the face of growing acceptance of gay marriage and what they called attempts by secularists to marginalize faith.

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WNYC News

Sexuality, Catholic Church Subject of Talks

Thursday, September 15, 2011

There’s rarely a shortage of debate when it comes to the Roman Catholic Church. The latest debate will start on Friday at Fordham University and will center on the relationship between the church and its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members.

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The Takeaway

Philadelphia Archbishop Resigns

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Vatican is expected to announce the retirement of the Roman Catholic leader of Philadelphia this morning. Cardinal Justin Rigali is 76, and his retirement has been expected following accusations that his archdiocese covered up a long-running sex abuse scandal. David O'Reilly, regional reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, reports on how Philadelphia Catholics are reacting to Rigali's resignation.

 

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It's A Free Country ®

Poll: Demographic Shift Made Same-Sex Marriage Inevitable in NY

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

There's an age gap in attitudes about same sex marriage, and the times they are a'changin.'

"I don't want to be crude but look. The older people, people like me, in my age group, who are against this, are going to die before the younger ones. The people coming along, the younger folks, are in favor of gay marriage, and the younger you are the more likely you are to favor it," Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute said.

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It's A Free Country ®

Opponents of Same Sex Marriage Plan Their Next Moves

Saturday, June 25, 2011

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While the West Village erupted in celebration on Friday evening, not everyone was happy abut the passage of the Marriage Equality Act.

The Catholic Bishops of New York issued a joint statement on Friday condemning the vote, saying they were "deeply disappointed and troubled" by the passage of a bill that will "alter radically and forever humanity’s historic understanding of marriage."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gay Marriage and the Church

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The New York State Legislature is about to vote on legalizing same sex marriage, and the Catholic Church is lobbying hard against it. Several religious groups are opposed to the bill, but the Catholic Church speaks with a loud and organized voice. Todd Salzman, Chair of the Department of Theology at Creighton University, discusses the theological arguments surrounding the gay marriage debate.

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It's A Free Country ®

The Catholic Case Against Boehner's Budgets

Friday, May 13, 2011

It looks as if the Ryan budget takes as its special target programs that serve the poorest and most vulnerable of Americans. Maternal and child health grants, WIC programs, food stamps, Medicaid and Medicare...All these things really put at risk the poorest of Americans. It seems as if that's contrary to the way our faith talks about preferencing the needs of the poor in our public policy.

Stephen F. Schneck, Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Sainthood: The Beatification of Pope John Paul II

Friday, April 29, 2011

Rome is teeming with Catholic tourists this weekend, who have arrived to witness the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II. The beatification is the third of four steps of sainthood — and John Paul II is on the fast track. Pope Benedict XVI vowed to make his friend and mentor a saint and will celebrate the Beatification Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, sooner than any other blessed person before him. But the decision to rush beatify John Paul II has not been met without controversy. 

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WNYC News

Dolan Gives Easter Mass at St. Patrick's as Protesters Rally for Gay Rights

Monday, April 25, 2011

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Nearly 3,000 parishioners gathered at St. Patrick's Cathedral Sunday to listen to Archbishop Timothy Dolan's Easter Mass, in which the Catholic leader spoke of optimism and hope.

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The Takeaway

21 Priests on Leave Following Sexual Abuse Allegations

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia has put 21 of its priests on administrative leave following allegations of sexual abuse or improper behavior with minors. This move follows a two-year investigation by a Philadelphia grand jury. "I know that for many people, their trust in the church has been shaken," said Cardinal Justin Rigali.

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The Takeaway

Pope Exonerates Jews for Death of Christ

Thursday, March 03, 2011

In a new book, "Jesus of Nazareth: Part II," Pope Benedict exonerates the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ. But why has it taken thousands of years to absolve the Jewish community of this crime? And does this say something about the evolving relationship between Jews and Catholics? We talk with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. He is also the author of "You Don't Have to be Wrong for Me to be Right."

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The Takeaway

iHave a Confession to Make

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

In the Catholic Church's mission to carry its message into the era of social media, Pope Benedict has issued a challenge to young entrepreneurs who, he hopes, can find new ways to spread the church's message without alteration. The Takeaway speaks to one such revolutionary entrepreneur who has taken up the challenge. Patrick Leinen is the co-founder of Little iApps and creator of The Confession App, which facilitates Catholics who aim to seek penance for their sins. In this conversation he explains how faith based apps like his, may introduce the world to Catholicism 2.0.

You can confess to The Takeaway instead. Use our iPhone App and share your confessions.

 

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