Catholic University of America faculty vote raises stakes in battle with president

By Jack Jenkins — June 1, 2018

(RNS) — Catholic University of America faculty have unofficially voted to declare “no confidence” in the school’s president and provost, bringing to a head long simmering disputes between educators and administrators.

A reckoning for Southern Baptists, and an opportunity

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — June 1, 2018

(RNS) — The daily drumbeat of bad news about SBC leaders has set the stage for the denomination’s annual meeting in Dallas this month. Will the meeting accelerate a decline? Or could it be the start of a revival? Our columnist’s advice: Don’t write off the Southern Baptist Convention.

Rhode Island Council of Churches director takes leave for gender transition

By Mark A. Kellner — May 15, 2018

(RNS) — The Rev. Donald Anderson, 70, executive minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, will take a three-month leave beginning June 1 to complete a transition from male to female.

What Alcoholics Anonymous could teach Paige Patterson

By Jonathan Merritt — May 15, 2018

The beleaguered baptist leader should join a 12-step program. It might teach him how to make amends.

Liberty University is no longer the largest Christian university

By Jack Jenkins — April 27, 2018

(RNS) — President Jerry Falwell boosted enrollments by courting online students. But other religious schools are also embracing the practice.

Pope ordains 16 priests, tells them always ‘be merciful’

By Associated Press — April 22, 2018

(AP) — Pope Francis is reminding priests to always be merciful, as he ordained 16 men in a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Mormon growth continues to slow, especially in the US

By Jana Riess — April 13, 2018

Mormon growth is down to about one and a half percent around the world — and half that in the United States. Yet there are bright spots in terms of international retention and member activity.

Pope Francis turns the corner on the abuse scandal

By Mark Silk — April 13, 2018

His letter of apology on the Barros affair is without precedent.

Pope Francis takes his critics to the woodshed

By Mark Silk — April 10, 2018

(RNS) — Cardinal Joseph Bernardin’s ‘seamless garment’ received magisterial endorsement.

Why isn’t there a ‘War on Easter’ like Christmas?

By Jonathan Merritt — March 28, 2018

Despite their many similarities, Easter has avoided the controversy that stalks Christmas. Here’s why.

Vatican removes from office and exiles Guam archbishop accused of sexual abuse

By Jack Jenkins — March 16, 2018

(RNS) — Apuron retains the right to appeal the ruling.

Responding to American Christianity’s obsession with youth

By Jonathan Merritt — March 1, 2018

Author Andrew Root says, “As the church finds itself with an authenticity deficit, it often runs to youthful forms to legitimate it.”

Billy Graham set a record on Gallup’s ‘Most Admired Man’ list

By Yogita Patel — February 26, 2018

(RNS) — In 2017, even though he had not appeared in public for years, he still ranked fourth.

Climate change brings scientists and religious leaders together in Massachusetts

By Mark Silk — February 12, 2018

Under the auspices of the the Archdiocese of Boston.

The complex history of ‘In God We Trust’

By David Mislin — February 5, 2018

(The Conversation) — From my perspective as a religious history scholar (that phrase) reflect(s) a particular view of the United States, not a universally accepted “American way.”

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