(RNS) The conflict between conscience and authority is the pre-eminent battle underlying the debates at the Vatican’s Synod on the Family.
BERLIN (RNS) The Schleswig-Holstein parliament voted with a two-thirds majority to exclude mention of God from the new constitution, becoming the seventh of 16 German states to do so.
The Vatican gets as friendly as it ever has with gay Catholics. In Texas, a Mass for the nurse with Ebola. And where are all the American nuns?
(RNS) The more liberal, socially active communities of sisters are drawing about the same number of new entrants as the more conservative, tradition-minded communities: very few.
“Does anyone not believe that Congressman Annie Kuster is as ugly as sin? And I hope I haven’t offended sin.” – State Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, R-N.H., in a blog post criticizing Democratic Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster
(RNS) “This is completely new dialogue, where we look at Old Testament text and rabbinic texts, and Christians are willing to look at Judaism and the Jewish text through Jewish eyes with Jewish lecturers,” says Yoram Hazony of the Herzl Institute.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The document — and the real or implied changes that may or may not materialize — stunned church conservatives.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Bar mitzvah boys are encouraged to read from the Torah at the Western Wall, but the state-supported Western Wall Heritage Foundation, which is run by Israel’s Orthodox establishment, prohibits girls and women from doing so.
ISIS shows a black flag flying over St. Peter’s Square. The Vatican’s Synod is calling for a new tone. Plus, a pastor in Alabama, who admitted to sleeping with congregants while knowing he had AIDS, is back in the pulpit.