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David Crary

David Crary is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by David Crary

Some Catholic abortion foes are uneasy about overturning Roe

By David Crary — May 13, 2022
(AP) — Some anti-abortion Catholics caution that Catholic leaders should distance themselves from the politically partisan wing of the anti-abortion movement.

Russia-Ukraine war: Some pastors wonder about ‘end of days’

By David Crary — March 14, 2022
(AP) — A 'Rapture Index' — on which any reading above 160 means “Fasten your seatbelts” — was raised this week to 187, close to its record high of 189 in 2016.

Rejection or welcome: Transgender Catholics encounter both

By David Crary — February 27, 2022
(AP) — A small but growing number of parishes have formed LGBTQ support groups and welcome transgender people on their own terms.

Comments renew debate over adoption as abortion alternative

By David Crary and John Hanna — December 31, 2021
(AP) — Discussion of adoption as an alternative to abortion intensified when the Supreme Court heard oral arguments over a law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks.

Tutu’s advocacy for LGBTQ rights did not sway most of Africa

By David Crary — December 29, 2021
(AP) — Even within his own denomination, the Anglican Communion, there has been no continentwide embrace of LGBTQ rights.

Across US, houses of worship struggle to rebuild attendance

By David Crary — December 20, 2021
(AP) — When Westminster United Methodist Church in Houston resumed in-person services late last year, after a seven-month halt due to COVID-19, there were Sundays when only three worshippers showed up.

Conflict over abortion laws won’t abate if Roe v. Wade falls

By David Crary — November 22, 2021
On both sides of America’s abortion debate, activists are convinced that Roe v. Wade — the 1973 Supreme Court ruling establishing a nationwide right to abortion — is imperiled as never before. Yet no matter how the current conservative-dominated court handles pending high-profile abortion cases — perhaps weakening Roe, perhaps gutting it completely — there […]

US Catholic bishops may dodge rebuke of Biden over abortion

By David Crary — November 15, 2021
The upcoming national meeting of the US Catholic bishops will likely avoid direct criticism of President Joe Biden's stance on abortion rights.

Some abortion foes question tactical wisdom of new Texas ban

By David Crary — September 16, 2021
The wariness relates in part to the law’s most novel feature, which some critics view as an invitation to vigilantes: It provides no enforcement role for public officials and instead authorizes private citizens to sue anyone they deem to be assisting in an abortion.

Admirers still urging sainthood for chaplain killed on 9/11

By David Crary — September 6, 2021
(AP) — Mychal Judge, a Catholic chaplain with New York’s fire department, left a uniquely complex legacy that continues to evolve 20 years after his death.

Pandemic once again disrupts plans for Jewish High Holy Days

By David Crary and Holly Meyer — September 6, 2021
(AP) — At many synagogues, there will be a mix of in-person services, including indoor and outdoor options, and virtual offerings for people staying home.

Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across US

By David Crary — July 26, 2021
(AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau reported in March the rate of homeschooling rose to 11% by September 2020, from 5.4% just six months earlier.

AP-NORC poll: Most say restrict abortion after 1st trimester

By David Crary and Hannah Fingerhut — June 28, 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — Still, the poll finds many Americans believe the procedure should be allowable under at least some circumstances even during the second or third trimesters.

Wisconsin priest digs in to refuse bishop’s demand to resign

By Todd Richmond and David Crary — June 6, 2021
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Rev. James Altman calls himself “a lowly priest” serving a blue-collar city in western Wisconsin. But when his bishop demanded his resignation – after a series of divisive remarks about politics and the pandemic – Altman refused to oblige and has since raised more than $640,000 from his conservative supporters […]

Supreme Court throws abortion fight into center of midterms

By David Crary and Jill Colvin — May 18, 2021
(AP) — For many evangelicals, the case could serve as a validation of more than four decades of persistent work and a sometimes awkward relationship with former President Donald Trump.
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