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Why a 14th-century mystic appeals to today’s ‘spiritual but not religious’...

Joel Harrington, Vanderbilt University The percentage of Americans who do not identify with any religious tradition continues to rise annually. Not all of them, however,...

Researching clergy sex abuse can take a heavy emotional toll: 3...

Kalpana Jain, The Conversation Editor’s note: As we come to the end of the year, Conversation editors take a look back at the stories that...

Why believing in ghosts can make you a better person

Werner Reischel/Flickr.com, CC BY Tok Thompson, University of Southern...

Why it’s so hard to hold priests accountable for sex abuse

Carolyn M. Warner, Arizona State University A grand jury report recently found shocking levels of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church. It uncovered, in...

What is heaven?

Joanne M. Pierce, College of the Holy Cross When a family member or a friend passes away, we often find ourselves reflecting on the question...

How the Catholic Church came to oppose birth control

Lisa McClain, Boise State University This month marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark “Humanae Vitae,” Pope Paul VI’s strict prohibition against artificial contraception, issued...

How Catholic women fought against Vatican’s prohibition on contraceptives

Mary J. Henold, Roanoke College Fifty years ago a fierce debate erupted in the Catholic Church over the papal document “Humanae Vitae,” which reiterated...

What is hell?

Joanne M. Pierce, College of the Holy Cross The recent dispute over whether Pope Francis denied the existence of hell in an interview attracted wide...

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