(RNS) Organizers say the new conference will show that while the Catholic hierarchy is split on how to address contemporary challenges to marriage and family life, the church can nonetheless seek common ground with religious leaders outside the Vatican.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (RNS) The Rev. Lamkin said she didn’t really have a plan when she ventured out to Ferguson but that “the whole being shot thing was probably the best thing that could have happened.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Nashville conference was remarkable for two notable shifts: a change in tone — call it a kinder, gentler opposition to homosexuality — and a pragmatic concession that the fight over gay marriage is largely lost.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) “This is a farce and a grand deceit,” said the Rev. John Bakeni, a Roman Catholic priest in Nigeria, speaking of his country’s peace negotiations with the Islamist group Boko Haram to release abducted schoolgirls.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) “Clergy just preach social clap-trap these days,” said Alison Ruoff, a lay member of the Church of England’s General Synod. “We expect better from them.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,” Pope Francis said.
WASHINGON (RNS) “I do not believe that the United States Supreme Court could rule that all of those laws prohibiting marriage are suddenly constitutional after all these individuals have gotten married and their rights have changed,” Ted Olson said.