Charlie Van Dyke
(CNN) -- As Catholic bishops in Rome began a major meeting on modern family life two weeks ago, Pope Francis encouraged them to speak candidly and "without timidness."
He certainly got what he asked for.
Bishops bickered. Conservatives contemplated conspiracy theories. Liberals lamented their colleagues' rigidity.
Through it all, the Pope stayed si... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Posted October 23, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in Town Square
By Mike Wade

Does election season wear you out? Speaking for my mailbox and those with landlines everywhere, that would be “Yes!” Just when you think the campaigning can’t get any more excessive, they find other ways to get their message out. But that doesn’t make it easier to understand, does it. When we question their motives we become cautious... read more
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
Charlie Van Dyke
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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