(RNS) The pope faces a torrent of criticism from victims advocates and others who noted that Francis did not apologize for the abuse, has not disciplined any bishops and has yet to meet with any abuse victims.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) A call for greater acceptance of gays and lesbians has put African and Western churches on a collision course, as some African clerics liken mounting criticism from the U.S. and Europe to a new wave of colonization by the West.
CAIRO (RNS) The Maspero Youth Union, formed to fight for civil rights, rejects the mostly passive role Copts played before the revolution, when the church’s patriarch served as proxy for the Coptic community in all matters political.
JERUSALEM (RNS) The call of the muezzin, broadcast by loudspeakers on nearly 200 minarets, can be heard across Jerusalem’s hills and valleys, especially in the middle of the night, when the rest of the city is asleep.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The church’s message remains largely the same: Cover up, lest you cause the males around you to sin.
(RNS) What’s next? Disobeying traffic signs because a gay-friendly city government put them up? Drawing down on a policeman because he happens to be gay? Obeying only those laws that no gay person supports or benefits from?
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Parishioners, infuriated by Archbishop John J. Myers’ addition to a lavish retirement home, say they’re cutting off contributions entirely or sharply curtailing them.
(RNS) The rally, part protest, part prayer vigil, was organized by the religious and political leadership of the insular haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community in Israel, which strongly opposes mandatory conscription on the grounds that it would tear yeshiva students from their full-time religious studies.
“The debate has been captured by utterly intolerant people on both sides. Everybody wants religious liberty for me, and my opponent ground into the dust.” –University of Virginia law professor Douglas Laycock, quoted by The Washington Post about how the current controversy over gay rights and religious freedom in several U.S. states is “creating a […]