Catholic Church http://wrkf.org en Morals Clauses Prove Controversial For Catholic School Teachers http://wrkf.org/post/morals-clauses-prove-controversial-catholic-school-teachers Catholic schools across the U.S. are requiring teachers to sign morality clauses, which have gotten some educators fired for marrying same-sex partners. It's seen as a pushback among local church dioceses against changing state laws. As Sandhya Dirks of KALW reports, some parents are protesting the new requirements with threats to pull their students out of school. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 KALW-FM. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:58:00 +0000 editor 29441 at http://wrkf.org One Year Later, 'A Pope For All' Keeps Catholics Guessing http://wrkf.org/post/one-year-later-pope-all-keeps-catholics-guessing A year ago today, the world's 1.2 billion Catholics got their first Jesuit pope and the first from the global south. Taking the name Francis, he soon became one of the world's most popular newsmakers.<p>Following two doctrinally conservative leaders, the Argentine-born pope's pastoral approach has given the Catholic Church a new glow — less judgmental, more merciful.<p>Like many others in the big Sunday crowd in St. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:38:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 23688 at http://wrkf.org One Year Later, 'A Pope For All' Keeps Catholics Guessing Pope Welcomes New Cardinals, Many From Developing World http://wrkf.org/post/pope-welcomes-new-cardinals-many-developing-world In a solemn ceremony at the Vatican, Pope Francis on Saturday bestowed red hats on his first batch of cardinals.<p>Ten of the 19 new princes of the church come from outside Europe, including some of the poorest countries in the world.<p>Their selection is a sign that the reforms Francis is introducing include a restructuring of how the Catholic Church will be governed.<p>The first pope from the developing world chose many of his new cardinals from the periphery of the globe. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:47:39 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 22944 at http://wrkf.org Pope Welcomes New Cardinals, Many From Developing World A Different Kind Of Catholicism Grows In Latino Communities http://wrkf.org/post/different-kind-catholicism-grows-latino-communities In the Saint Anthony of Padua Church in the Bronx, Wednesday night is prayer meeting night.<p>Fifty people gather in the spare assembly room for a ceremony that looks very different from a Catholic Sunday Mass.<p>For one thing, the service is led by a woman rather than a male priest. She preaches excitedly while a rock band of young Salvadoran immigrants backs her up.<p>Some people in the audience hold up their hands; others are swaying gently. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:07:00 +0000 Maria Hinojosa 21598 at http://wrkf.org A Different Kind Of Catholicism Grows In Latino Communities Vatican Comes Under U.N. Scrutiny Over Priest Abuse Scandal http://wrkf.org/post/vatican-comes-under-un-scrutiny-over-priest-abuse-scandal The Vatican came in for tough public scrutiny over its handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal at a United Nations hearing Thursday in Geneva.<p>The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child took church officials to task during what <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/vatican-acknowledges-no-excuse-child-abuse">The Associated Press described as a "grilling"</a> that insisted the Holy See "take all appropriate measures to keep children out of harm."<p>The Vatican ratified the <a href="http://www.unicef.org/crc/">U.N. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 21353 at http://wrkf.org Vatican Comes Under U.N. Scrutiny Over Priest Abuse Scandal Pope Calls Abortion Evidence Of 'The Throwaway Culture' http://wrkf.org/post/pope-calls-abortion-evidence-throwaway-culture Pope Francis, criticized by some conservative Catholics as not speaking out forcefully against abortion, said Monday that the practice is "horrific" and evidence of "the throwaway culture."<p>In an annual speech known as the pontiff's "State of the World" address, Francis told diplomats and journalists gathered at the Holy See that it "is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day."<p>Hunger, he said, is a threat to world peace, noting that food, like human life, is being discarded as unnecessary.<p>"We cannot be indifferent to thos Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:52:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 21218 at http://wrkf.org Pope Calls Abortion Evidence Of 'The Throwaway Culture' The Church Bathroom That Stood As A Monument To A Segregated Past http://wrkf.org/post/church-bathroom-stood-monument-segregated-past The old bathroom building behind Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in rural Vacherie, La., was little more than a shack. Hurricane Rita almost knocked it down in 2005. It finally got bulldozed in October.<p>Some members of the parish say that was long overdue.<p>When the bathroom building went up in 1959, one set of doors was painted white; the others were a different color. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:54:32 +0000 Amy Jeffries 21159 at http://wrkf.org The Church Bathroom That Stood As A Monument To A Segregated Past Segregated Church Bathroom Torn Down http://wrkf.org/post/segregated-church-bathroom-torn-down <p>The parishioners of<a href="http://www.olopchurch.org" target="_blank"> Our Lady of Peace</a> in the small plantation town of Vacherie can’t wait to get into their church’s new bathroom building. But for some poorly placed air conditioners, they would have dedicated the building last month.</p><p>For decades, the old bathroom building behind the 113-year-old Catholic church stood like a monument to segregation. A few months back, some members of the community started talking about racism in the church and concluded that bathroom needed to come down.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:36:54 +0000 Amy Jeffries 19967 at http://wrkf.org Segregated Church Bathroom Torn Down Catholics In Philippines Turn To Church To Cope With Typhoon http://wrkf.org/post/catholics-philippines-turn-church-cope-typhoon Across the ravaged center of the Philippines on Sunday, people flocked to Mass, often in churches that had been severely damaged or destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan.<p>In many villages in Leyte province, the only structures that survived the storm were churches. Spires and statues of angels look out over fields of smashed houses and twisted typhoon debris.<p>In Tacloban, the typhoon ripped the roof off the once-stately Santo Nino Catholic Church. There's still mud in among the pews, and one of the large stained-glass windows hangs precariously from its frame above the congregation. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 08:31:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 18953 at http://wrkf.org Catholics In Philippines Turn To Church To Cope With Typhoon Accordions, Beer And God: Zydeco In Gran Texas http://wrkf.org/post/accordions-beer-and-god-zydeco-gran-texas <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ETWKCV7iKM</p> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 16:13:00 +0000 editor 17999 at http://wrkf.org Accordions, Beer And God: Zydeco In Gran Texas