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Jack Jenkins

Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.

All Stories by Jack Jenkins

In many COVID hot spots, a pattern: High concentrations of white evangelicals

By Jack Jenkins — July 15, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It’s clear that the pattern is more white evangelical Protestants equals lower vaccination rates,’ said Natalie Jackson, research director at the Public Religion Research Institute.

Trump religious freedom ambassador launches international religious freedom meeting

By Jack Jenkins — July 13, 2021
(RNS) — The gathering’s organizers said it provides a rare example of bipartisan support in an era known for partisan rift.

What is a mainline Christian, anyway?

By Jack Jenkins — July 8, 2021
(RNS) — A recent survey raises new questions about an old tradition.

Survey: White mainline Protestants outnumber white evangelicals, while ‘nones’ shrink

By Jack Jenkins — July 8, 2021
(RNS) — The ‘unprecedented’ dataset also suggests that white Christian decline, which accelerated in recent years, appears to have slowed.

In military authorization vote, Quakers claim a victory

By Jack Jenkins — July 7, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘We have some teams that insist every lobby visit start with Quaker silence,’ said a staffer at the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

Study: Trump expanded evangelical support in 2020, but Biden gained with other white Christians

By Jack Jenkins — July 2, 2021
(RNS) — Biden chipped away at Trump's support among white Catholics and white non-evangelical Protestants and ran up the score among the religiously unaffiliated.

Catholic bishop of Syracuse decries Doctrine of Discovery, suggests pope do the same

By Jack Jenkins — July 1, 2021
(RNS) — Bishop Douglas J. Lucia said he hopes to meet with the Vatican to discuss a series of 15th-century papal proclamations used by European Christians to rationalize the subjugation of Indigenous peoples.

Pope sends letter praising priest who ministers to LGBTQ Catholics

By Jack Jenkins — June 27, 2021
(RNS) — Francis described Martin’s work, which has centered on LGBTQ Catholics, as 'continually seeking to imitate this style of God.'

Who are the Catholic bishops drafting the controversial Communion document?

By Jack Jenkins, Alejandra Molina, Claire Giangravé — June 25, 2021
(RNS) — A look at the clerics tasked with penning a document many see as a rebuke of President Joe Biden.

Jesse Jackson, William Barber arrested protesting filibuster and Manchin

By Jack Jenkins — June 23, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Manchin, don’t you let sin block the salvation of this democracy and its soul,’ Barber said.

Catholic bishops publish Q and A clarifying controversial Communion document

By Jack Jenkins — June 23, 2021
(RNS) — A new message from the U.S. Catholic bishops says that the debate at their spring meeting answered the Vatican’s wish for more dialogue on the topic.

As Senate convenes hearing, more than 300 faith leaders declare support for DC statehood

By Jack Jenkins — June 22, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘As faith leaders, we will stand, speak, and protest against the disenfranchisement of the residents of D.C.,’ the letter read.

AOC, other Catholic Democrats urge bishops against ‘weaponization’ of Communion

By Jack Jenkins — June 18, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'We have a claim on the Church's bearing as it does on ours,' the lawmakers wrote in a statement signed by 60 Catholic Democrats in the House of Representatives.

After politically charged debate, bishops vote to draft controversial Communion document

By Jack Jenkins — June 18, 2021
(RNS) — Debate over the proposal involved calls to deny President Joe Biden the Eucharist.

In lengthy debate, bishops wrangle over politics and ‘Eucharistic consistency’

By Jack Jenkins — June 17, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We are the shepherds and teachers of these elected officials,’ one bishop declared.
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