Charlie Van Dyke
By Jake Flanagin

Though Muslims make up only 14.4 percent of India’s total population, the country maintains “the world’s second-largest Muslim population in raw numbers (roughly 176 million),” according to a 2013 report by the Pew Research Center. That’s a little more than 11 percent of the world’s total Muslim population, according ... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Opinion By Jill Strasburg, special to CNN

(CNN) – I became deathly ill two months into my marriage and during my long recovery, I could barely eat or drink. I certainly couldn’t do daily chores around the house, and I would stay in my pajamas throughout most days.

During this time, something remarkable happened: Women from my congregation whom I ... read more
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Posted October 13, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in Small Bites
A church that doesn't provoke any crises, a gospel that doesn't unsettle, a word of God that doesn't get under anyone's skin, a word of God that doesn't touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed -- what gospel is that?

-Archbishop Oscar Romero... read more
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Vatican Changing Tone On Gays?
Posted October 13, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in GLBTQ
(Reuters) - In a dramatic shift in tone, a Vatican document said on Monday that homosexuals had "gifts and qualities to offer" and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognize positive aspects of same-sex couples.

The document, prepared after a week of discussions at an assembly of 200 bishops on the family, said the Church should challeng... read more
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Doubt As A Sign Of Faith
Posted October 11, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in Town Square
BY Julia Baird

Certainty is so often overrated.

This is especially the case when it comes to faith, or other imponderables.

When the Most Rev. Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, said recently that at times he questioned if God was really there, much of the reaction was predictably juvenile: Even God’s earthly emissary isn’t sure if the ... read more
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