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  • From the Basilica to the Vatican

    From the Basilica to the Vatican
    The call came to Baltimore's Basilica several weeks ago: President Barack Obama needed a gift to bring to Pope Francis on his coming visit to the Vatican. Might the basilica, the first Catholic cathedral in the U.S., have something? From a former crypt,...
  • Pope Francis, a year later [Commentary]

    Pope Francis, a year later [Commentary]
    1969 was a year I well remember — it was my first year in a seminary in Virginia. I was beginning my journey to the priesthood with an American religious order, the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity. Nine years later, I was ordained a...
  • Looking Out: Pope Francis says church must explore civil unions

    Looking Out: Pope Francis says church must explore civil unions
    In a wide-ranging interview published Wednesday, Pope Francis called on the Catholic Church to examine and evaluate civil unions. That's not quite an endorsement of the practice. And it's a far cry from supporting same-sex marriage; the pontiff again...
  • As Lent approaches, watching for 'the Francis effect'

    As Lent approaches, watching for 'the Francis effect'
    Given all the excitement his papacy has generated, the approach of the first full Lenten season under Pope Francis resonates particularly with Catholics — even fallen-off Catholics — who prefer to see faith as social activism and not as Sunday...
  • Pope must embrace transparency [Letter]

    Pope must embrace transparency [Letter]
    The United Nations has decried the Vatican for not being transparent about the sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests, bishops and cardinals over the past few decades ("UN panels urges Vatican to turn over sex abusers to authorities," Feb. 5). Moreover,...
  • At St. Margaret's in Bel Air, more frank talk about faith, the Pope

    At St. Margaret's in Bel Air, more frank talk about faith, the Pope
    A Sunday at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Bel Air is rarely low-key, and this past weekend was no exception. People poured out of the packed sanctuary after the noon Mass, one of eight each weekend at St. Margaret and Saint Mary Magdalen Mission,...
  • Notre Dame Prep and lesbian weddings [Letter]

    I recently read The Sun article, "Notre Dame Prep rejects alumna's same-sex wedding announcement" (Jan. 15), regarding the omission of Sarah Rupert-Sullivan's wedding announcement. I would like to offer my assistance in helping Notre Dame Preparatory...
  • Notre Dame Prep rejects alumna's same-sex wedding announcement

    Notre Dame Prep rejects alumna's same-sex wedding announcement
    Sarah Rupert-Sullivan knew she shouldn't have been shocked her same-sex wedding was excluded from Notre Dame Prep's alumnae class notes. But she was. "To be kind of candid about it," she said, "I was pissed." Now, she has launched a petition against a...
  • The unfinished war [Commentary]

    The unfinished war [Commentary]
    Fifty years after the first, it's time to launch a new War on Poverty. But to do it we need to challenge myths about the first that have convinced too many that combating poverty is just one more phenomenon of the '60s that can never happen again....
  • Pope has a message for Maryland lawmakers [Letter]

    Pope has a message for Maryland lawmakers [Letter]
    Dan Rodricks' recent column on Pope Francis as "a savvy new leader who, with deeds and words, puts mission before doctrine and speaks truth to power" delivers a message that would be wise for us Maryland legislators to keep in mind during the 2014...
  • The Rev. Robert Nugent dies at 76; priest who supported gays, lesbians

    The Rev. Robert Nugent dies at 76; priest who supported gays, lesbians
    Tribune Newspapers The Rev. Robert Nugent, a Roman Catholic priest whose support of gays and lesbians in the church brought the Vatican's censure, ending his public role as an advocate for reconciling church doctrines with the realities of gay life, died...
  • Pope Francis' inspiration needed at the parish level [Letter]

    Pope Francis' inspiration needed at the parish level [Letter]
    I very much admired Susan Reimer's recent column on what Pope Francis means to lapsed Catholics ("A pope for the unfaithful," Jan. 2). I too fell away from the Catholic Church for a time. I did return, due to my mother's constant reminders of what...