(RNS) During his U.S. trip, Pope Francis both praised and admonished bishops working to clean up the crisis of child sex abuse. In both cases, it was a calculated decision.
(RNS) The Bible and “Fifty Shades of Grey” share more than a few raunchy sex scenes. For Banned Books Week and International Blasphemy Rights Day (Sept. 30), these eight titles are still too hot to handle.
(RNS) Conservative Catholics often complain that Pope Francis, especially in his unscripted moments, sows confusion. Now, for a change, progressives are grappling with that frustration.
(RNS) It’s another “first” for the little-known but influential movement known as Reconstructionist Judaism.
ATLANTA (RNS) Pope Francis and contemporary Roman Catholicism oppose the death penalty. This is a huge change from the past. How do religious traditions decide when doctrines should, or should not, be updated?
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) The state’s Supreme Court ordered the monument removed because the state constitution bans the use of state property for the benefit of a religion.
India is the world’s largest exporter of beef but the Hindu-led government wants a nationwide ban on cow slaughter and the beef trade, which is run mostly by Muslims.
Congressmen accused the group of using funds for abortion and selling fetal tissue for profit but Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards called “outrageous allegations” against Planned Parenthood “untrue.”
(RNS) The pope reportedly met secretly with the born-again Christian, who has become a hero of the religious right for going to jail rather than issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.