WASHINGTON (RNS) When it comes to how Americans rank the factors that shape their self identity, religion ranks near the bottom — if at all.
(RNS) When Pope Benedict XVI accepted O’Brien’s resignation, O’Brien admitted “there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal.”
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) Rogue Roman Catholic bishop Richard Williamson’s consecration of Father Jean-Michel Faure, which incurs an automatic excommunication of both men, now creates a new ultra-traditionalist splinter group opposed to any form of dialogue with the Vatican.
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) Oklahoma’s conservative lawmakers came up with a religious tactic to block same-sex weddings. In a twist, their efforts to restrict who can perform marriages could make it easier for gay couples to wed.
(RNS) USA Network’s action-thriller series is tossing biblical numerology and a difficult biblical text into its plot. What’s real and what’s fiction?
(RNS) The pope insisted on lunch, which will be prepared by the prisoners, some of whom will come from two other detention centers.
(RNS) Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — not the world’s most religious Jew — offers her commentary on the Passover story.
(RNS) If you follow the headlines, it feels like an invisible finger has flicked the first domino in a long row of tiles. But don’t be fooled.
NEW DELHI (RNS) In the 10 months since Narendra Modi’s election, Hindu right-wing groups have expanded their influence across much of India’s government.