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From the editor: We cannot copy and paste our morals onto everyone

From the editor: We cannot copy and paste our morals onto everyone

Because we have letters to the editor, and I am the editor, I read a lot of commentary about issues as diverse as trapping to taxation.

August 03, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Supreme court misses chance on religious freedom

WASHINGTON — To understand why religious freedom matters, put yourself in the position of someone who is part of a minority faith tradition in a town or nation that overwhelmingly adheres to a different creed. Then judge public practices by how they would affect the hypothetical you.

May 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Retired pastor brings religious studies to UW

Retired pastor brings religious studies to UW

LARAMIE, Wyo. — As a young, single woman in graduate school, Sally Palmer was attacked by a man asking for directions while on her daily run.

May 02, 2014 3:04 am Photos


3,000 turn out for 'Women of Faith' in Billings

3,000 turn out for 'Women of Faith' in Billings

The Women of Faith Tour kicked off this weekend in Billings, with more than 3,000 women at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark gathering to "refresh, reignite, restore, recharge and revive" their Christian faith.

April 26, 2014 5:27 pm Photos


A decade later, YBGR teachings helped Billings man turn his life around

A decade later, YBGR teachings helped Billings man turn his life around

Andrew Akerstrom woke up late one evening in a cell at the Yellowstone County jail knowing that God was speaking to him.

April 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos



Feds urge judge not to block birth-control rule

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Federal government lawyers are opposing a request from Catholic organizations in Wyoming for a court order to block the birth control coverage requirement in the federal health care overhaul.

April 11, 2014 7:19 pmLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr: Francis introduces anti-imperial papacy

WASHINGTON — Religion makes a lot of mistakes.

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December 08, 2013 12:00 am

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The heart of Francis' 'Joy of Gospel' mission

WASHINGTON — Christianity has often been used over the centuries to prop up the powerful. But from the beginning, the Christian message has been subversive of political systems, judgmental toward those at the top, and demanding of all who take it seriously.

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Guest column: Pope can do more good at his desk than from popemobile

By any standard Pope Francis’ Brazil trip was a great success. Enthusiastic crowds clogged the routes of the papal motorcade and reportedly more than a million people were present for the pope’s final Mass on Copacabana beach. The media no less than Catholic pilgrims seemed enchanted by the …

August 18, 2013 6:08 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: The Bible’s case for immigration reform

Some say it will take a miracle for Congress to pass common-sense immigration reform. That miracle may be in the making, helped along by Christians who want to put their faith into action.

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E.J. Dionne Jr: Religion challenges political beliefs of left, right

WASHINGTON — Whenever I write sympathetically about religion, I get bombarded by tweets and notes from readers who normally agree with me but cannot abide the idea that religious belief should be seen as intellectually serious.

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Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Welcome immigrants: Advice from conservative religious leaders

Republicans have long portrayed themselves as the party of faith, and religious practice is a reliable indicator of political behavior. Among voters who attend worship services more than once a week, 63 percent backed Mitt Romney last fall, while 36 percent supported President Barack Obama. …

July 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Dionne: Pope Francis' saintly politics

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis is proving himself to be a genuinely holy man, a brilliant politician and a leader who knows that reform requires a keen understanding of how creating a better future demands sophisticated invocations of the past.

July 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: 2nd revolution overthrows democracy in Egypt

Once the dust settles from Egypt’s military coup last week, the main victim won’t be President Mohamed Morsi or the Islamists. The real casualty will be democracy and people’s faith in it. Egyptians will have lost their best chance at being an active part of their country’s governance in mor…

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E.J. Dionne: Father Greeley's legacy as a loving pugilist

E.J. Dionne: Father Greeley's legacy as a loving pugilist

WASHINGTON — You wanted Father Andrew Greeley as your friend and not your enemy. You got the sense he was born with his fists up and his loyalties fully formed. He was ready to do battle at the first signs of disrespect toward those he cared about.

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Scammers bedevil religious leaders with fake Facebook pages

Scammers bedevil religious leaders with fake Facebook pages

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Search for the Rev. Adam Hamilton on Facebook and you’ll likely get two seemingly identical pages to choose from.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Polarization, church and country

WASHINGTON — What do the Roman Catholic Church and the American political system have in common? Both are divided into factions that neither trust nor understand each other, and both confront a crisis of governance.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Paradox in Pope Benedict's legacy

Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation is in character in several ways. As an institutionalist who believes in the Roman Catholic Church as the carrier of truth in a sinful world, he would worry a great deal about the impact of his own infirmities on the institution’s capacity to thrive.

February 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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