The Audacity of Pope: The ‘Francis Doctrine’ Puts the Vatican Back on the World Stage
David Gibson, OnFaith

Pope Francis has returned the Vatican to the global stage to a degree not seen since John Paul II helped end the Cold War.

Religious OCD: ‘I’m going to hell’
Elizabeth Landau, CNN

When she was 12, Jennifer Traig’s hands were red and raw from washing them so much. She’d start scrubbing a half an hour before dinner; when she was done, she’d hold her hands up like a surgeon until her family sat down to eat.

The Real Origins Of An Evangelical Hit Piece
Aaron Earls, The Federalist

Depending on what day it is, the Religious Right is viewed as being full of unintelligent buffoons incapable of grasping simple facts of science or they are shrewd political geniuses secretly leading our nation to become a full-fledged theocracy. Some days, they’re both.

Why St. Thomas Becket was Martyred
Randall B. Smith, Crisis Magazine

Many people who venerate the name of Thomas Becket (and/or love the movie with Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole that carries his name) likely do not understand the cause for which he was martyred, and if they did learn it, would likely be scandalized given our current presuppositions concerning the prerogatives of the omnipotent State as opposed to those of the relatively impotent Church.