Beloved N.C. Baptist charity leader steps down over alleged misuse of $89,000 in donations

By Bob Smietana — September 21, 2023
(RNS) — Michael Blackwell, who had led the Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina since 1983, spent tens of thousands of dollars in the past three years on personal expenses and used charitable funds to buy his wife a car, according to a forensic audit.
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ELCA hears from Indigenous boarding school survivor ahead of National Day of Remembrance

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 20, 2023
(RNS) — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is one of several mainline denominations reckoning with the role they played in the federal boarding school system.

Jerry Falwell’s legal battle with Liberty University — and his brother — escalates

By Bob Smietana and Jack Jenkins — September 20, 2023
(RNS) — In an amended complaint filed in federal court last week, Falwell Jr. alleged several board members diverted university funds to private causes and overlooked sexual misconduct by former leaders.

In Marseille, Pope Francis will make the case for migrants to the world

By Claire Giangravé — September 20, 2023
(RNS) — As a new wave of immigrants enters Europe and nations close borders, the pope will make the case for welcoming.

From exorcist to monster: How Hollywood has recast Catholicism

By Tyler Huckabee — September 20, 2023
(RNS) — The latest movie in ‘The Conjuring’ franchise reflects horror’s loss of faith in faith.

The new Americanism heresy

By Mark Silk — September 20, 2023
(RNS) — Once again, American bishops are at odds with the Vatican.

Suspended UMC Latina bishop accused of financial malfeasance and retaliation

By Yonat Shimron — September 19, 2023
(RNS) — The trial of Bishop Minerva Carcaño is a first for a United Methodist bishop.

Riding a wave of converts, one group aims to fuse Orthodoxy with Southern values

By Meagan Saliashvili — September 19, 2023
TOBACCOVILLE, N.C. (RNS) — At the group’s inaugural event, the majority of attendees appeared to represent the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, though few were ‘cradle’ Orthodox Christians.

Despite remaining leaderless, SBC Executive Committee says it had ‘most unified meeting in some time’

By Bob Smietana — September 19, 2023
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — An unexpected withdrawal marks the second time this year that a nomination for leader of the Executive Committee has fallen apart.

Sarah Jakes Roberts, pastor and T.D. Jakes’ daughter, now Time100 Next honoree

By Adelle M. Banks — September 19, 2023
(RNS) — ‘When your father is T.D. Jakes and you follow his footsteps into the world of ministry, there’s a lot of pressure to find your own voice,’ said Tyler Perry in tribute.

Vatican considers child sexual abuse allegations against a former Australian bishop

By Rod Mcguirk — September 19, 2023
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The church investigation into Christopher Saunders began last year after the police investigation ended, said Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

The SBC was a train wreck 100 years ago and found a way through. Can it do so again?

By Bob Smietana — September 19, 2023
(RNS) — Meeting in Nashville, leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee look for a way past the denomination’s current woes.

Getting ready for the next conclave

By Thomas Reese — September 19, 2023
(RNS) — Pope Francis' cardinal electors do not know each other well; they should take their time to elect a pope.
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