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Most US Catholics are fine with nontraditional families

0 - 18 hr ago

(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 — host to the church’s World Meeting of Families and Francis’ only Mass open to the general public —...

Clerk Kim Davis cites God, crowd jeers gay couple (UPDATE)
0 18 hr ago

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

Catholic to Catholic-ish: 45 percent in US feel connected to the faith
0 Wed, Sep 2, 2015

(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...

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'
0 Wed, Sep 2, 2015

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

Conservative Christians’ new scare word (COMMENTARY)
0 Wed, Sep 2, 2015

(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...

Let us all now pray to the Almighty Gun (COMMENTARY)
0 Tue, Sep 1, 2015

(RNS) Some will find this column sacrilegious. What is truly a sacrilege is our devotion to an Object that keeps killing us and our children. Early in...

The Ashley Madison hack points a theologian toward grace
0 Tue, Sep 1, 2015

(RNS) The Ashley Madison hack — the public release of emails of wannabe adulterers — has now ensnared a theologian with a famous name in some Christian...

Pope Francis asks priests to forgive the sin of abortion
0 Tue, Sep 1, 2015

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Tuesday (Sept. 1) told priests to forgive repentant women who have had an abortion. In a letter to the president of...

The Bible ties freedom to debt relief. Americans should too (COMMENTARY)
0 Tue, Sep 1, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (RNS) The Liberty Bell contains an unforgettable inscription: “Proclaim liberty throughout the land and unto all the inhabitants thereof.”...

Did you hear the one about the pope?
0 Tue, Sep 1, 2015

(RNS) “The California drought is so bad, people in Napa are asking the pope to change the wine into water.” That joke, courtesy of late-night TV host...

Pope’s ‘blessing’ to lesbian no change in policy, Vatican says
0 Mon, Aug 31, 2015

(RNS) A lesbian author whose children’s books on gay families have been banned in Italy said she received a letter from Pope Francis that included a...

NYT reporter: 'Days when I feel despair' at news, religion's role
0 Mon, Aug 31, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Writing about religion isn’t all hope and inspiration. “There are days when I feel despair about the news and the place of religion...

Obama bristles at anti-Semitism charges during interview with Jewish newspaper
0 Mon, Aug 31, 2015

(RNS) President Obama told the editor of an influential Jewish publication that “there’s not a smidgen of evidence” that he is anti-Semitic, a charge...