Bishop knew of abortion plan

Julia Duin/ The Washington Times |

Mr. Neill said the bishop was informed Jan. 17, the day before an abortion was performed on the 16-year-old Guatemalan girl, who was a foster care client of Commonwealth Catholic Charities of Richmond (CCR), a group incorporated under the diocese.

Presbyterians move to allow gay clergy, but fight remains

c. 2008 Religion News Service SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination on Friday (June 27) cracked open the door to ordaining non-celibate gay and lesbian clergy, though the decades-old fight is far from over. Delegates at the Presbyterian Church (USA) meeting here voted 54 percent to 46 percent to remove a clause […]

Va. judge sides with breakaway Episcopal churches

c. 2008 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ A Civil War-era law that lets Virginia churches keep their property when leaving a denomination where a “division” has occurred is constitutional, a county judge ruled Friday (June 27), siding with 11 former Episcopal parishes. Fairfax County Judge Randy I. Bellows’ ruling on the 1867 law stops short […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Town asks court to decide upkeep of church cemetery PALMYRA, Pa. (RNS) With residents calling it “pathetic” that no one is caring for a cemetery, town officials have asked the Lebanon County Court to decide who should be responsible for its upkeep. Two local churches that cared for the cemetery […]

Cleaning St. Peter’s Needs a Careful, Acrobatic Touch

Francis X. Rocca |

VATICAN CITY-As the tomb of the first pope and the principal church of most of his 264 successors, St. Peter’s Basilica is Roman Catholicism’s greatest shrine. It’s also a treasure trove of artistic riches, with works by such artists as Michelangelo, Raphael and Bernini. At more than 600 feet long, with a dome 450 feet […]

Presbyterians to debate gay pastors, same-sex unions

Kimberly Winston |

SAN JOSE, Calif.-The nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination is scheduled Friday to debate the possibility of ordination for non-celibate gays and lesbians. At its biannual General Assembly, representatives of the Presbyterian Church (USA) will consider a move to allow openly gay clergy but keep its current rules intact after a delicate compromise approved two years ago […]

Church court finds Pa. bishop guilty of hiding abuse

Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans |

PHILADELPHIA-A church court on Thursday (June 26) unanimously found the Episcopal bishop of Philadelphia, Charles E. Bennison, guilty of not responding appropriately to his brother’s sexual abuse of a teenage girl more than three decades ago. Bennison, 64, was convicted by the nine-member tribunal of “conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy.” Punishments could range […]

Va. judge sides with breakaway Episcopal churches

Daniel Burke |

WASHINGTON-A Civil War-era law that lets Virginia congregations keep their property when leaving a denomination where a “division” has occurred is constitutional, a local judge ruled Friday (June 27). Fairfax County Judge Randy I. Bellows’ ruling was greeted as a victory by 11 congregations that seceded from the Episcopal Church last year over theological disagreements. […]