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After award win, Christian romance novel draws criticism for ‘romanticized genocide’ of Native Americans

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 2, 2021
(RNS) — 'At Love's Command,' this year’s winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Vivian Award for best romance with religious or spiritual elements, has stirred controversy.
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‘Outing’ of priest shines light on power — and partisanship — of Catholic media

By Peter Cajka — August 2, 2021
(The Conversation) — An article that used geolocation data to place a priest at gay bars raises questions over journalistic ethics, and shines a light on the Catholic media landscape.

Bishop: Albany diocese covered up priest abuse for decades

By Associated Press — August 2, 2021
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — About 300 lawsuits have been filed against the Albany diocese under a state law that allows people until Aug. 14 to sue over sexual abuse they say they endured as children, sometimes decades ago.

So you’ve been asked to officiate a wedding? Five pieces of advice from the pros

By Renée Roden — July 30, 2021
(RNS) — Chances are increasingly likely if you attend the wedding of a couple under 30 years old, their officiant won’t be a person of the cloth but someone who’s close to the couple.

CDC researcher Susan Hillis on how people of faith can support COVID orphans

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 30, 2021
(RNS) — 'Faith communities are really good at doing this, walking with people through adversity until they get out the other side,' she said.

During Disability Pride, Religious institutions still behind on accessibility

By Kathryn Post — July 30, 2021
(RNS) — The Americans with Disabilities Act was a watershed moment for civil rights law, yet religious entities remain exempt from ADA requirements.

Who is behind The Pillar, the newsletter rocking the Catholic Church?

By Jack Jenkins — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — Why is a Catholic Substack causing so much controversy?

AME Zion leader Staccato Powell removed as bishop after facing financial accusations

By Adelle M. Banks — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The Trial Committee recommended Bishop Staccato Powell be disrobed, meaning Bishop Staccato Powell would no longer be recognized as consecrated to the office of Bishop,’ read trial minutes.

State finds LA public school district kept millions of federal funds from Catholic schools

By Alejandra Molina — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — Los Angeles Unified School District ‘has failed to provide equitable services to (archdiocesan) schools,’ state officials said in the report.

Can the LDS talk honestly about polygamy? A new book could help.

By Emily W. Jensen — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — The unknowns about eternal polygamy are ‘answered with speculation and myths, creating undue fear and angst,’ says the author of a new book.

Three Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to six or more years in Russian prison for their faith

By Kathryn Post — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — Since 2017, 14 Jehovah’s Witnesses have been sentenced to six or more years of prison in Russia, where they are considered an extremist group.

Pope Francis’ September visit to Slovakia is met with excitement despite COVID-19 concerns

By Claire Giangravé — July 29, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Only vaccinated people will be able to attend events during Pope Francis’ visit to the European country, which has among the lowest vaccination rates in the European Union.

Ex-Cardinal McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teen

By Associated Press, Alanna Durkin Richer — July 29, 2021
BOSTON (AP) — Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a wedding reception in the 1970s.
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