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Mulling the practical pros and cons of married priests

There are plenty of historical and theological arguments for and against married priests, but few stop to consider the practical pros and cons. Yet Catholicism already has married priests, and here one of them shares his experience. Should the Catholic Church have married priests? Many people are surprised to find that the Catholic Church already






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A peculiar Catholic education led this Jew to love Rome

Crux’s associate editor and business manager Shannon Levitt, who’s Jewish, reflects on the peculiar Catholic education she’s received by being married to editor John Allen, and in particular what it’s taught her about the magic of Rome. I’ve been the beneficiary of a peculiar kind of Catholic education. I’m not a Catholic, so I didn’t






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Here are what your teenage Catholic daughter needs and thinks

“Does death mean that everything is just black?” “I think about what death is like sometimes time before I go to sleep.” “What is heaven actually like?” I teach girls. After four years in the classroom, I’ve learned that teenage girls love to talk about death. I can have a wonderfully planned and structured lesson






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A consistently pro-life ethic should include gun control

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There have been two very different sets of responses to last week’s mass shooting in Roseburg, Ore. The shooter killed nine people before taking his own life during a shootout with police, in what was the 142nd school shooting since Sandy Hook, in December 2012, when six teachers and 20 children were killed. Gun rights






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Is Catholicism about to break into three?

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In a recent letter to The New York Times, Marquette theologian Daniel Maguire suggested that the Catholic Church was headed toward a three-way schism. Writing about Pope Francis’ reforms to the annulment process, Maguire predicted: Catholicism is going the way of its parent, Judaism. In Judaism there are Reform as well as Conservative and Orthodox






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The key lesson we’ve forgotten in our rush to beat old age

Four years ago, two fellow presenters at the annual meeting of the American Society on Aging bumped into each other in a stairwell and began a conversation that is sending ripples through both gerontology and spirituality circles. One was a psychologist affiliated with Harvard and a former Jesuit. The other was a Jewish scholar with






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John Boehner and Bob Brady: Catholic to the core

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While everyone is still thinking and talking about Pope Francis, I’m thinking and talking about two seemingly very different people who were affected by the Holy Father in very similar ways. They’re both congressmen, but one’s a Democrat and the other’s a Republican. I’m thinking and talking about Rep. Robert Brady and Rep. John Boehner.






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