After losing school job, gay teacher loses church job

Elizabethe Holland / St. Louis Post-Dispatch |

FLORISSANT, Mo. (RNS) A Catholic school music teacher who was recently fired after church officials learned that he planned to marry his male partner of 20 years has been fired from a second position as a music director at a suburban Catholic church. By Elizabethe Holland.

Minn. church finds the high price of supporting gays

Annalisa Musarra |

(RNS) When the pastor of Grace Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul, Minn., decided to support his denomination's embrace of gay marriage, he lost three-quarters of his church, and learned just how the price can be in supporting progressive causes. By Annalisa Musarra.

Catholic voter guide differs from two Catholic candidates

(RNS) A group of Democratic-leaning Catholics on Wednesday (Feb. 29) released a 2012 voter guide that includes abortion among a range of “pro-life issues,” such as war, euthanasia and poverty, and highlights economic and social justice issues as concerns Catholics should weigh as they consider which candidate to support.

Mormons, GOP didn’t always get along so well

Thomas Burr / The Salt Lake Tribune |

WASHINGTON (RNS) As Mitt Romney presses his White House bid, many Americans don't realize that his Mormon faith played an important role as foil in the early days of the GOP, and how its first candidates won by whipping up anti-Mormon sentiments. By Thomas Burr.

Till death (or illness or dementia) us do part?

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) When the person you married goes through a dramatic change — a car accident, brain injury or dementia –  what's a spouse to do? As Valentine's Day approaches, clergy, ethicists  and brain injury experts agree: There are no easy answers.  By Adelle M. Banks.