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Will Women Priests Change the Church?

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Catholic women priests are an oxymoron for the Vatican. It considers them automatically excommunicated before the holy oil is dry on their hands. Other Catholics accept them as sacramental ministers and are delighted with the innovation. Still, others, myself included, want far deeper structural changes in the Catholic Church such that priesthood loses its baked-on charm and ministry becomes the expected task of adult members. This is an important theological conversation that the Vatican wishes would go away. Memo to them: it is just starting.

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No Space for American Islam?

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The debate has focused on the new Muslim community center’s location in lower Manhattan, but the opposition (who refer to it as the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’) is driven by a deeper, reflexive antagonism. They stand against what proponents of the center are setting out to create: a space for American Islam.

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