A Cutie baby
December 2nd, 2010
04:52 PM ET

A Cutie baby

By CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi in Washington.

Father Alberto Cutie, the world famous former Catholic priest who dramatically broke his vow of celibacy, took to twitter and his website to announce the birth of his new baby. (Spoiler alert) It's a girl.

With thanksgiving to God, the giver of all life, my wife and I announce the birth of our beautiful baby daughter Camila Victoria Cutié.

We also take this opportunity to thank our family, church community and friends for your love and support. Your prayers and best wishes are truly appreciated.

There is great joy in being a Father, who is also a "father." We are truly blessed!


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Anglican • Belief • Catholic Church • Christianity • Episcopal • News media

November 23rd, 2010
01:35 PM ET

Anglican bishops convert to Catholicism

Unwilling to accept women bishops, five Anglican bishops quit the church. CNN's Richard Allen Greene reports.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Anglican • Bishops • Catholic Church • Christianity • Church • Europe • Pope Benedict XVI • United Kingdom

September 15th, 2010
03:15 PM ET

Top cardinal compares London to 'Third World country'

LONDON, England (CNN) - Landing at London's Heathrow Airport is like arriving in a Third World country, a close confidant of Pope Benedict XVI said on the eve of a high-profile papal visit to Britain.

Cardinal Walter Kasper also disparaged the Church of England in an interview published last weekend, saying that although it had broken with the Vatican on two key issues - married priests and women priests - it was not faring better than the Roman Catholic Church.

The Vatican and English Catholic bishops distanced themselves Wednesday from the comments, saying they do not represent the views of the Vatican.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Anglican • Catholic Church • Interfaith issues • Pope Benedict XVI • United Kingdom

August 30th, 2010
10:58 AM ET

Catholic Church defends male-only priesthood

Barring women from being Catholic priests is not the result of sexism 2,000 years ago, it's because women cannot fulfill a basic function of the priesthood, "standing in the place of Jesus," a leading British Catholic thinker argued Monday.

"This teaching is not at all a judgment on women's abilities or rights. It says something about the specific role of the priest in Catholic understanding - which is to represent Jesus, to stand in his place," argued Father Stephen Wang in a statement sent out by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales.

It's rare for the Catholic Church to defend its fundamental positions in this way.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Anglican • Catholic Church • Leaders • Pope Benedict XVI • United Kingdom

July 11th, 2010
02:10 PM ET

Women bishops vote threatens to split Church of England

The Church of England inched closer to allowing women bishops this weekend, with a vote that traditionalists warned could split the church.

The church's governing body narrowly rejected a measure that would allow parishes that oppose women bishops to have an additional male bishop.

The proposal, floated by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams (pictured) - the titular head of the Church of England - was an attempt to satisfy conservatives.


- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Anglican • Britain • Christianity • Episcopal

June 18th, 2010
05:50 PM ET

New Anglican group comes to America

A group of Anglican leaders who left the Episcopal Church have formed a new diocese in the South for “orthodox” Christians.

The Anglican Diocese of the South was formally recognized by the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) at the council’s meeting in Amesbury, Massachusetts this month.

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Anglican • Christianity • Episcopal • Homosexuality • Protestant

June 10th, 2010
09:33 AM ET

The real Anglican/Episcopal fight?

Think the issue that’s threatening to tear the Anglican Communion apart is a debate over homosexuality? Author Diana Butler Bass says you’re wrong.

Bass offers a provocative take on the “real reason” for the Episcopal Church’s clash with the Anglican Communion on her Beliefnet blog.

The divide burst into public view in 2004 when the Episcopal Church confirmed the ordination of its first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson. The chasm widened last month when an Episcopal diocese in California consecrated a lesbian bishop.


- CNN Writer

Filed under: Anglican • Belief • Christianity • Church • Culture wars • Episcopal • Homosexuality

June 4th, 2010
06:08 AM ET

Souter v. Scalia at Harvard Yard

Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor. 

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

Score one for David Souter. In the fisticuffs that is the Supreme Court, the recently retired justice often found himself on the losing side of 5-4 decisions. But in delivering Harvard’s 2010 commencement address last week, he gave the court’s conservatives a soft-spoken smackdown.


- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Anglican • Christianity • Courts • Opinion • Protestant

May 31st, 2010
09:50 AM ET

An alternative model for Protestant politics

An American preacher rails against the popular caricature of believers as backwards and narrow-minded, decries the popular culture’s hostility toward religion and implores Christians to stop being so politically correct in the workplace and to start loudly expressing their faith-based opinions. Sounds like a typical evangelical Protestant minister, cribbing lines from Focus on the Family.

Another American preacher decries imminent government cuts to programs for the poor, urging Christian churches to mobilize politically to protect society’s most vulnerable. Sounds like a typical mainline Protestant minister, cribbing lines from Jim Wallis.

Christian conservatives feel besieged by the secular culture, liberal Christians want more social justice. Everyone knows that.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Anglican • Christianity • Culture wars • Politics • Protestant

May 28th, 2010
11:22 AM ET

Archbishop of Canterbury slaps Episcopal Church for openly gay bishops

Rifts within the Anglican Communion could widen after the archbishop of Canterbury, who has condemned the consecration of openly gay bishops, urged a diminished role Friday for the Episcopal Church.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Anglican • Christianity • Culture wars • Episcopal • Gay rights

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