Pope Francis tells new cardinals to be models of love, not brooding schemers

Pope Francis on Saturday (Feb. 14) added 20 new members to the College of Cardinals, warning the newly-minted “princes of the church” from around the globe not to let their new red hats go to their heads.

Handwriting on the wall for gay marriage (ANALYSIS)

The Supreme Court will decide whether to allow same-sex marriage nationwide later this year. But it’s leaving little doubt which way it’s leaning.

Breakaway South Carolina Episcopalians win major court case

A South Carolina judge ruled that the Diocese of South Carolina legally seceded from the denomination, and can retain control of $500 million in church property and assets.

Top Catholics and evangelicals: Gay marriage worse than divorce or cohabitation

“If the truth about marriage can be displaced by social and political pressure operating through the law, other truths can be set aside as well,” say the nearly 50 signers of the statement

Boston bombing jury excludes some Catholics

As the quest for a jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial approaches its fourth week, some of the area’s 2 million Roman Catholics are growing frustrated with criteria that effectively disqualify followers of church teachings.

How Franklin Graham transformed a debate about Duke Chapel into a culture war

Franklin Graham’s Facebook fulminations last week about plans to issue the Muslim call to prayer from the bell tower of Duke Chapel transformed what could have been a nuanced campus debate about religious establishment, sacred space, and pluralism into a countrywide fracas that calls to mind 1980s culture wars.

Putting our money where our faith is by divesting from fossil fuels (COMMENTARY)

For Christians, humanity’s failure to care for God’s creation warrants our repentance. This is not just a theological claim but a practical moral imperative when it comes to fossil fuel consumption. American Christians need to repent — and quickly!

GOP abandons anti-abortion bill, angering religious conservatives on Roe anniversary

Abortion opponents marking the huge annual March for Life in Washington on Thursday (Jan. 22) and anticipating legislative gains by a Republican-dominated Congress were thrown into disarray after GOP leaders unexpectedly withdrew an anti-abortion bill that had been seen as a done deal.

Marcus Borg, leading liberal theologian and historical Jesus expert, dies at 72

(RNS) Marcus J. Borg, a prominent liberal theologian and Bible scholar who for a generation helped popularize the intense debates about the historical Jesus and the veracity and meaning of the New Testament, died on Wednesday (Jan. 21). He was 72 and had been suffering from a prolonged illness, friends said. Borg emerged in the 1980s […]

U.S. churchgoers still sit in segregated pews, and most are OK with that

On the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (Jan. 15), just as the civil rights drama “Selma” was nominated for best picture in the Oscar race, one fact of American life was little changed. Sunday morning remains, as King once observed, the most segregated hour in America. And, against a backdrop of increased racial tensions, […]

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