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Conservative Christians’ new scare word (COMMENTARY)

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(RNS) In the fight over gay rights, conservative Christians have a new enemy. No, it isn’t a politician or activist or organization. It isn’t a noun at all, but rather a verb: normalize. In Albert Mohler’s forthcoming book, “We Cannot Be Silent:...

Catholic to Catholic-ish: 45 percent in US feel connected to the faith
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(RNS) Sam Clark wasn’t reared as a Catholic. He never converted, either. Yet Clark, 50, of Carson City, Mich., likes Pope Francis — “the most ecumenical...

Most US Catholics are fine with nontraditional families
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(RNS) Families are one great reason why Pope Francis is coming to America. Sure, he’ll address Congress and the United Nations, too. But Philadelphia —...

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics jumps into Bible, pot debate
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OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics briefly used its official Facebook page on Aug. 26 to debate marijuana and the Bible. After two...

Vatican says transgender man cannot be a godparent
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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has rejected a request by a transgender man in Spain to become a godparent, ruling that his sexual identity means he is...

Papal Mass in Washington will be in Spanish
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WASHINGTON — When Pope Francis celebrates a canonization Mass at for a Spanish-American missionary later this month, he will do so in a language the new...

‘Antidisestablishmentarianism’ isn’t in the dictionary. Let’s change that!
0 Thu, Sep 3, 2015

(RNS) “Antidisestablishmentarianism” is often cited as one of the longest words in the English language. It refers to a concept in church-state...

Group prods fellow Mormons to get behind family-friendly immigration reform
0 Thu, Sep 3, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — Mormons teach, preach and sing about families being together forever in heaven, but some members of the Utah-based faith want to...

Kentucky clerk issued marriage license to a transgender couple
0 Thu, Sep 3, 2015

MOREHEAD, Ky. — A transgender man and his wife stepped forward with paperwork showing that Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis apparently issued them a marriage...

Ky. clerk's office will issue marriage licenses Friday - without the clerk
0 Thu, Sep 3, 2015

ASHLAND, Ky. — Five of six deputies in the office of a Kentucky county clerk found in contempt of court and held Thursday (Sept. 3) for her refusal to...

Pope Francis eyes a bargain, buys new glasses in Roman outing
0 Thu, Sep 3, 2015

(RNS) The “pope of surprises” can’t seem to let a news cycle pass without making a headline. Francis’ latest celebrity moment? He went shopping for new...

Clerk Kim Davis cites God, crowd jeers gay couple (UPDATE)
0 Wed, Sep 2, 2015

Video courtesy of The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal, via USA Today MOREHEAD, Ky. Defying the Supreme Court, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis said she...

School district investigates mass baptism filmed at football practice
0 Wed, Sep 2, 2015

VILLA RICA, Ga. — A Georgia school district is investigating after video of a mass baptism was posted on YouTube. The video, posted by First Baptist...

Donald Trump, evangelical scam artist (COMMENTARY)
0 Wed, Sep 2, 2015

“I play to people’s fantasies,” Donald Trump wrote in his 1987 memoir, The Art of the Deal. “I call it truthful hyperbole,” he explained. “It’s an...

Pope Francis to city dwellers: 'Come down from the towers'
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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Wednesday (Sept. 2) told his followers to clamber down from their lofty skyscrapers, reclaim public spaces and rejoin...