(RNS) Catholic military chaplains cannot be forced to witness or bless a same-sex marriage, nor are they allowed to take part in any marriage counseling retreats that are open to gay couples under new rules issued by the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Participation in funerals of gay service members is also off-limits. But Catholic commanders may be able to facilitate same-sex benefits if they publicly register their objections.
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(RNS) Young men today “want to give their life for something that counts. These men are tired of living in a culture of relativism. They want to say there must be something true, beautiful and good,” says the Rev. Mark Latcovich, president of St. Mary Seminary outside Cleveland.
“Anything that’s advancing the kingdom of Christ is not crazy at all.” — Wisconsin truck driver Harold Scott, who has spent $750,000 for more than two dozen Christian billboards along major highways. He was quoted by the Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wis.
(RNS) The Judicial Council hearings come as at least four United Methodist ministers — including the former dean of Yale Divinity School — are facing trial for officiating at same-sex weddings, and more than 1,500 clergy have signed a statement offering to marry gay couples.
ROME (RNS) Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI disputed the claim that abuse is pervasive in the Catholic Church, noting that “according to research by sociologists, the percentage of priests guilty of these crimes is no higher than those present in other similar professional fields.”
(RNS) Christians have lived here for centuries. They have largely supported Assad’s regime but are increasingly pawns in the propaganda war between the rebels and the regime.
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Embattled Archbishop John Myers rejected a claim that the appointment of a designated successor was a rebuke of his administration. “Absolutely not. It was my own request.”
(RNS) The Council on Islamic Ideology’s demand to amend the blasphemy laws is being presented as a way to stop people from making false allegations or settling personal scores.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The exhibit, creator Cynthia Farrell Johnson said, will hopefully “help people see the absurdity of our existence when we try to pile too many things in one day.”