Clergy sex abuse was among the biggest religion stories of 2018. In this photo, a demonstrator holds up a protest sign at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma
For scholars, researching the Catholic Church can mean a laborious process involving several years. And talking to survivors of clergy sex abuse can carry its own pain and personal toll.
How can a Pope not believe in God? Jude Law as Pius XIII in The Young Pope.
The TV series The Young Pope is a fascinating exploration of the ambiguities and doubts within Christian faith.
The Pope in Congress: receptive audience?
Pope Francis has embroiled himself in the partisan politics of the US by taking on important yet hot-button issues that span the political spectrum.
The GOP’s problem with Pope Francis is that he may be too conservative.
Republicans' problem with the pope is not that he's too liberal on issues such as capitalism, it's that he's too conservative.
Chicago has encouraged green roofs to reduce water runoff and energy consumption in buildings.
Mayors from the around the world are at the Vatican to discuss climate change, a global issue that's proving to be most effectively addressed at the local level.
Laudato Si’: for some, a guide to personal values and morals in the Anthropocene.
The ink is still drying on the Pope’s Encyclical Letter “Laudato Si’” or “On Care for Our Common Home,” and scholars, critics and pundits will analyze and assess it for years to come. But one aspect of…
The latest papal encyclical provides a lesson in public discourse.
The papal encyclical uses moral arguments for environmental protection, yet as a philosophical statement, it's a terrific example of "public reason."
The pope's encyclical on ecology addresses all individuals who want to live with integrity – and their ability to take personal actions on global problems.
The papal encyclical challenges leaders to take action on climate change.
The immediate importance of the Pope Francis' encyclical comes from its potential to influence world leaders and galvanise the developing world ahead of the Paris Climate Conference this year.
Laudato Si’ challenges us to examine the root causes of environmental ills and injustices.
The pope's encyclical Laudato Si' tells us to protect nature and act on climate change for more than reasons of self interest.
Shining a light on religion and politics.
The pope's encyclical challenges the belief in markets to solve social ills – a difficult message for Catholic Republican presidential candidates to accept.
Sic transit gloria mundi … and down with neoliberalism.
Alessandro Di Meo / EPA
Pope Francis's intervention in the climate debate puts him on collision course with global elites.
As a geopolitical figure, the pope has urged the West to combat global poverty and preserve the environment.
By equating human rights to the protection of nature, the pope's encyclical opens up an international debate with broad political implications.
Reaching the faithful – and many others.
For people who take the Bible seriously – not only Catholics – the pope's encyclical on climate change and the environment will change minds.
The papal encyclical Lautado Sii will likely place climate change within an economic system that promotes overconsumption.
The long-awaited papal encyclical on the environment could have a significant influence on conservative politics around the world.
Showing his stripes: visiting a favela in Brazil in 2013.
Tânia Rêgo/Agência Brasil
The pope's encyclical turns climate change into a moral discussion by focusing on the disproportionate impact of climate change on poor countries and regions.
New Pope Francis I has a controversial past in his home country.
Today Australia woke up to its first Latin American and Jesuit pope. Although apparently being second choice behind the former pope Benedict when he was elected in 2005, Pope Francis I was seen as an outside…
Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel before the start of the conclave in the Vatican to elect the next Pope.
This morning, Australian Catholics awoke to the news that black smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel. The seat remains vacant, there is no Pope. By now many of us will have learned through…
Pope Benedict XVI open to prosecution after he steps down?
Not a day goes by without further allegations of rape and sexual abuse being made against the Catholic Church. The vast majority of accusations relate to abuse perpetrated outside the Vatican’s walls…
The Pope’s decision to allow Anglicans into the Catholic Church may be the first step on the way to a unified church.
EPA/Alessandro Di Meo
In his first message on becoming Pope, Benedict XVI said the impelling duty of the successor of Peter was “to work tirelessly to rebuild the full and visible unity of all Christ’s followers”. “Concrete…