(RNS) Retired Bishop Melvin Talbert, who served as the leader of United Methodists in the San Francisco area, ignored a request not to perform the ceremony. He has said in the past that the church’s position on homosexuality “is wrong and evil … it no longer calls for our obedience.”
(RNS) More than a third of U.S. Catholic parishes are multicultural, according to a study by Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
ROME (RNS) The Vatican’s chief spokesman told reporters on Friday that the Vatican was “extremely calm” regarding a possible mob threat against Pope Francis.
(RNS) Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, making him the public face of the American hierarchy. But in quieter ways, four other churchmen may wield more influence where it counts: with Pope Francis.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Justices won’t reconsider decisions striking down Oklahoma laws on mandatory ultrasound and abortion-inducing drugs, but more states are seeking to defend their laws.
(RNS) On the same day that House John Boehner signaled that there would be no immigration reform this year, some of the nation’s most prominent evangelical pastors met with President Barack Obama on Wednesday (Nov. 13) to try to advance the issue.
BALTIMORE (RNS) Archbishop Joseph Kurtz’ wide-angle lens directly reflects Francis’ own approach.
“One of the major challenges is what, really, our Holy Father has said over and over again: How can we warm hearts and heal wounds?”
ROME (RNS) Pope Francis has spoken out strongly against organized crime in the past, specifically naming the country’s four main organized crime groups last May.
(RNS) Vision Forum Ministries was geared for a segment of evangelical and fundamentalist Christians who profess a traditionalist understanding of Scripture, sexuality and gender roles.