| Sep 29, 2013
Pope Francis' highly publicized recent interview with an Italian Jesuit magazine has ushered in a new era for the Roman Catholic Church — an era of record levels of misinterpretation of the pontiff's words, both by the liberal media and by...
| Dec 25, 2013
Recently, in my old hometown in Montana, a man died of exposure. According to news reports, he was a Wal-Mart employee in the town of Miles City, homeless and living in his car when the weather plunged to 27 degrees below zero.
We tend to shrug off...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Pope Francis recently completed his first international trip, a weeklong jaunt to Brazil that included adulation, spirituality and, if you were the pontiff's chauffeur, utter embarrassment.
Francis' driver, you may have heard, took a wrong turn while...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
I applaud Chicago attorney Chris Connors' recent decision to donate the Internet domain name popefrancis.com to the new pontiff. While it's not clear if church officials will accept Connors' offer, they have said the pope will most definitely have a...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 7:00 AM
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6
A Case of You
A young writer smitten with the barista at his local coffee shop scours her Facebook profile for intel and tries to transform himself into her dream guy. With Justin Long and Evan Rachel Wood. Written by Long....
| Dec 2, 2013
| 1:17 PM
During a four-hour visit to a church near Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis shared with parishioners some of the finer points of his résumé, including a stint working as a bouncer.
The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, reported that the pope told a...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 7:24 AM
Pope Francis, who's become known for being frugal and down to earth, must be blushing. The pontiff's Q rating is soaring with his status as Time's Person of the Year and the results of two new popularity polls.
U.S. Catholics approve of the pope more...
| Oct 19, 2013
When a statewide immigrant-rights coalition endorsed same-sex marriage this past spring, 11 groups were given a stark choice by a Roman Catholic anti-poverty program: Leave the coalition or lose their Catholic funding.
Eight of the groups decided to...
| Nov 24, 2013
The glimmer of hope came in a letter from her priest published in the parish bulletin. Since then, Virginia Mann, a sporadic churchgoer for more than 40 years, hasn't missed a weekly Mass at St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church in Lincoln Square.
| Jan 30, 2014
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that a group of Colorado nuns will not be required to offer contraceptive coverage to employees while pursuing its legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act.
The nuns' action highlights the misunderstandings and...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 7:41 PM
Heads likely won't spin and demons probably won't hover as Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield offers prayers for exorcism Wednesday in opposition to Gov. Pat Quinn's planned signing of Illinois' same-sex marriage bill....
| Jan 15, 2014
| 5:30 AM
The life-size sculpture of a homeless man on a bench, with all but his feet shrouded by a blanket, is intended to get the attention of anyone who takes a seat there.
But closer examination reveals the most striking detail in the figure's exposed feet...