Fate of accused abusive pastor in the hands of his flock

STOVER, Mo. (RNS) In any denomination, Christians confronted with the shocking news that a pastor has been accused of sexual misconduct, many congregations circle the wagons. But what happens when those circling the wagons around their pastor are also those who have to make the ultimate decision about his fate — his career, his paycheck, his reputation? By Tim Townsend.

 

Catholic priests pushed to become better preachers

ST. LOUIS (RNS) The Rev. Don Wester believes homilies should be practical and direct — that they should draw a connection between the everyday struggles of parishioners and biblical truths. And it’s exactly the kind of preaching that Catholic bishops across America are hoping for as part of a new national effort to improve preaching at Catholic parishes. By Tim Townsend.

Q&A with pioneering Rabbi Miri Gold

WASHINGTON (RNS) Rabbi Miri Gold recently won a landmark case before Israel's Supreme Court that will make her the first non-Orthodox rabbi on the Jewish state's payroll. On her American victory tour, she talked about religious freedom, her belated bat mitzvah, and why she believes in the separation of church and state. By Lauren Markoe.

Breakaway group offers more progressive form of Catholicism

FAIRFAX, Va. (RNS) While the sacraments and many fundamental beliefs remain identical to those of Roman Catholicism, the fledgling American National Catholic Church presents a more progressive version of Catholicism: Divorced members can take Communion, women and gays can be ordained, and priests can marry. By Amanda Abrams.