December 2nd, 2010
04:52 PM ET
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.
November 23rd, 2010
01:35 PM ET
Unwilling to accept women bishops, five Anglican bishops quit the church. CNN's Richard Allen Greene reports.
September 15th, 2010
03:15 PM ET
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.
August 30th, 2010
10:58 AM ET
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.
July 11th, 2010
02:10 PM ET
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.
June 18th, 2010
05:50 PM ET
A group of Anglican leaders who left the Episcopal Church have formed a new diocese in the South for “orthodox” Christians.
June 10th, 2010
09:33 AM ET
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.
June 4th, 2010
06:08 AM ET
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.
May 31st, 2010
09:50 AM ET
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.
May 28th, 2010
11:22 AM ET
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.
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