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Roman Catholicism: Catholic Beliefs, Faith, and History

The Roman Catholic Church is a Christian denomination of believers who are "in communion" with the papacy. The largest Christian church currently in existence, it is characterized by an episcopal hierarchy with the pope as its head, a belief in seven sacraments and the authority of tradition alongside scripture.
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Catholic Complicity in Nazism, Anti-Liberal Ideologies
There were lots of reasons why Catholic leaders should have opposed Hitler and the Nazis and this makes people wonder why they bent over backwards to accommodate the Nazis. What people need to understand is that there were also lots of reasons why Catholics and other conservative Christians wanted to work with the Nazis. Most were bound up with their common opposition to Weimar and liberalism.

Freedom vs. Dogma: Academics in Catholic Universities
Do so-called 'Catholic' universities exist to promote Catholic dogma, or do they exist to provide serious educations? I'm sure that some would insist that there need not be a conflict between the two goals, but there is so long as advancing the former includes limiting academic freedom, a critical component of the latter. Unfortunately, Catholic leaders have recently tended towards the latter.

Capital Punishment, Catholicism and Cathars
Today the Catholic Church stands resolutely against capital punishment. The validity of executions has not been rejected completely, but the situations in which they are licit are so narrow and limited that they are practically impossible, at least if one adheres to Catholic teachings faithfully. This wasn't always the case, though.

Priests Abusing Children, Church Abusing Victims
It apparently wasn't bad enough that Catholic priests were abusing children and that Catholic bishops were covering up for the priests, moving them around so they could avoid punishment and continue to abuse new children. After the scandal of both types of crime broke, Catholic leaders continued to exacerbate the problem by refusing to really help the victims.

Catholic Priests, Celibacy, and Marriage: Should Catholic Priests Marry or...
The opposition to ending the requirement of celibacy for Catholic priests is strong - but isn't it strange that, despite this requirement, there are so many married Catholic priests who seem to be doing as good a job as unmarried priests? If celibacy is so vital, why do married Catholic priests exist at all?

What is Roman Catholicism?
The Roman Catholic Church is a Christian denomination of believers who are "in communion" with the papacy. The largest Christian church currently in existence, it is characterized by an episcopal hierarchy with the pope as its head, a belief in seven sacraments and the authority of tradition alongside scripture.

Electing the Next Pope: Index of Resources
Every human is mortal, and that includes popes. Some may live and reign for extraordinarily long times while others may only serve for a few days, but in the end all die and a new pope must be elected. But how are popes chosen? It’s a process that seems shrouded in secrecy and history; the details of any particular election are supposed to be kept hidden, but general information about the typical process is indeed known.

Roman Catholicism & Health Care
Does your community hospital provide services like abortion, birth control counseling, or even emergency contraception after rape? How about voluntary sterilization or infertility treatments? Will your hospital honor the wishes of yourself or your spouse to have recussitation efforts stopped or life support withdrawn? Even if you have a legally valid living will?

Roman Catholicism: Concepts and Movements
This list covers basic terminology and movements which may be useful for understanding Roman Catholicism.

Mel Gibson's "The Passion": News and Commentary
Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion," about the death of Jesus Christ, has been the target of praise and criticism. Evangelical Christians who have seen the movie have praised it while Jews and others concerned about possible Anti-Semitic overtones have criticized it. Defenders argue that it is an accurate portrayal of the gospel accounts of Jesus' death and that, therefore, is good enough.

Recently Reviewed Books on Catholicism
Roman Catholicism preserves many of the oldest traditions in Christianity. However, some Christians regard the Catholic Church as a non-Christian organization. There are many books published every year dealing with Catholicism, with some of the best reviewed here.

About Catholicism (from Jessica Steinmetz)
About's site on Catholicism, Catholics, and the Roman Catholic faith: "I'm a strong believer in Catholicism. I've struggled with my beliefs, but I always turned to my faith for guidance. I'm happily married and practicing my faith. I hope to bring you insight and information on the Catholic faith."

Catholic Opposition to Religious Liberty
Pope Benedict XVI came out many times during his papacy blasting secularism and political liberalism. Given how entrenched those two have become in the modern West what's probably stranger is that the criticisms weren't harsher.

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