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Jerome Socolovsky

Jerome Socolovsky is an author at Religion News Service.

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Pope admits ‘grave errors’ in Chile abuse case

April 11, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has admitted he made “grave errors” in judgment in Chile’s sex abuse scandal and invited the abuse victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness.

Megachurch pastor Bill Hybels resigns, calls sexual accusations ‘flat-out lies’

April 11, 2018

(USA Today) — The founder of Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago has been dogged in recent years by a series of investigations into claims of inappropriate behavior with female staffers and congregants.

More anti-Semitism, but less of it is violent, report says

April 11, 2018

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Violent attacks on Jews worldwide dropped in 2017 despite a rise in other forms of anti-Semitism, researchers reported Wednesday, in a year characterized by normalization and mainstreaming of anti-Semitism not seen in Europe since World War II.

The Slingshot: Hybels out; Nourishing faith; Guatemala on the Hudson

April 11, 2018

Bill Hybels resigns from Willow Creek church following allegations of misconduct. Cultivating the connection between the soil and the soul. Italian-American church in Brooklyn gets new lease on life.

Pope blames Catholic divisions on the devil

April 10, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — It was the second time in as many days that Francis has warned about the destructive work of the devil after making headlines recently by seeming to deny the existence of hell.

Thousands of historic Congregational documents to go online

April 9, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — With the help of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Congregational Library and Archives Hidden Histories project is locating, securing, and digitizing church records from 1630 to 1800 and putting them online for anyone to peruse for free.

Greek town ritually burned Judas as Orthodox celebrated Easter

April 9, 2018

ERMIONI, Greece (AP) — The tradition dates back centuries in some places. In the Greek town of Ermioni, it has been observed the past 25 years.

Ukrainian Orthodox switch allegiance from Moscow to Kiev-linked churches

April 4, 2018

KIEV, Ukraine (RNS) — The church’s ties with Moscow, which date back to the 17th century when Ukraine became part of the Russian Empire, started to cause problems in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea.

The Slingshot: Remembering a King; Considering a prince; Theologizing a president

April 4, 2018

Archival images still convey the power of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s work. Saudi crown prince says a “triangle of evil” is leading Muslims astray. The little-known theology behind evangelical support for Trump.

Mother allegedly used stun gun to wake son for church

April 4, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — Police arrested 40-year-old Sharron Dobbins on suspicion of child abuse after her 17-year-old son alerted authorities.

The Slingshot: King’s theology; Mormon diversity; Hooked on Bach

April 2, 2018

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jrs. was “was no armchair theologian.” Mormons get two new apostles who are not white Americans. Bach was far more religious than you might think

Don’t domesticate MLK

March 30, 2018

(RNS) — Whenever we remember the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., some people inevitably pull out a piece of sandpaper and try to smooth the sharp edges of the great civil rights prophet.

Charlottesville mayor says social media fed hatred and violence at 2017 rally

March 30, 2018

JERUSALEM (RNS) — Mike Signer, the former mayor of Charlottesville, Va., began receiving anti-Semitic messages in early 2017, when, for the first time, he started to speak publicly about being Jewish.

The Slingshot: Page-turning; African panthers; Passion plays

March 28, 2018

Frank Page, Southern Baptist leader, retired due to ‘inappropriate relationship.’ ‘Black Panther’ inspires Kenyan church leaders’ march for Pan-African unity. An Oklahoma Passion play approaches the century mark.

‘Ignorance’ feeds anti-Semitism in the Arab world

March 27, 2018

JERUSALEM (RNS) — How to deal with the problem was the challenge posed at a conference in Jerusalem.

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