David Crary is an author at Religion News Service.
LGBTQ Catholics stung by Vatican rebuff of same-sex unions
(AP) — The Vatican’s declaration that same-sex unions are a sin the Roman Catholic Church cannot bless was no surprise for LGBTQ Catholics in the United States — yet it stung deeply nonetheless.
Faith leaders’ year of pandemic: grief, solace, resilience
(AP) — The pandemic, said one assistant pastor, “has called us to rethink and re-imagine what our philosophy of ministering really is in the age of COVID.”
LGBTQ rights bill ignites debate over religious liberty
(RNS) — The bill maintains exemptions for houses of worship, but faith-based homeless shelters and adoption or foster-care agencies that get federal funding would not be permitted to discriminate against LGBTQ people.
Marriage & divorce amid pandemic: Couples’ challenges abound
(AP) — When it comes to marrying, divorcing and having kids, people have become more cautious amid the pandemic.
Catholic schools in US hit by unprecedented enrollment drop
NEW YORK (AP) — Amid the pandemic and economic stress, enrollment in Roman Catholic schools in the United States saw the largest single-year decline in at least five decades.
Some Black Southern Baptists feel shut out by white leaders
(RNS) — The SBC’s national meeting in June cold be a crucial moment for Black pastors if delegates rebuff their views on systemic racism in the U.S.
Trump-supporting Christian leaders and their Sunday messages
(RNS) — While some preachers were defiant, one pastor said, ‘We must repent for making the person who occupies the White House more important than the one who occupies our hearts.’
Anti-abortion faith leaders support use of COVID-19 vaccines
(AP) — One outspoken foe of abortion based in Dallas, Southern Baptist megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, has called the vaccines a “present from God.”
More US churches commit to racism-linked reparations
NEW YORK (AP) — Many are weighing how to make amends through financial investments and long-term programs benefiting African Americans.
Pandemic, loss unite 2 rural Missouri pastors around faith
NOEL, Missouri (RNS) — While the pastors both want to keep parishioners safe, they are determined to carry on with in-person services as long as members of their congregations are eager to attend.
Divided reactions in US as pope backs same-sex civil unions
(AP) — Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, was one of the first conservative Catholic leaders to go public with criticism.
Black Catholics’ history: Will US Catholic schools teach it?
(AP) — Top leaders are encouraging Catholic schools to place a new emphasis on teaching about racial justice, as well as the history of Black Catholics.
Black Catholics: Words not enough as church decries racism
NEW YORK (AP) — As protests against racism and police brutality continue nationwide, there are rising calls for huge new investment in Catholic schools serving Black communities.
Amid pandemic, scores of US Catholic schools face closure
(AP) — About 100 Catholic schools have announced in recent weeks that they won’t reopen this fall — that number could more than double in the coming months.
Pandemic will alter Communion rituals for many US Christians
NEW YORK (AP) — Striking changes in Communion will take place at Catholic and Protestant churches across the United States over coming weeks as restrictions on large gatherings — imposed because of the coronavirus outbreak — are gradually eased.