Bishops discourage Catholic health care groups from performing gender-affirming care
By Jack Jenkins — March 21, 2023
(RNS) — Opponents of the new ‘doctrinal note’ such as New Ways Ministry, a Catholic LGBTQ outreach organization, blasted the bishops’ statement as ‘neither good theology nor acceptable pastoral care.’
State lawmakers push for priests to report abuse learned about in confessional
By Jack Jenkins — March 14, 2023
(RNS) — Catholic bishops are pushing back, arguing the statutes would infringe on the First Amendment rights of priests.
A reading list for seminarians and other Catholic conservatives
By Thomas Reese — March 14, 2023
(RNS) — Books changed my life. They can change yours too.
Georgia may be turning purple. It’s definitely turning green.
By Marqus Cole — March 14, 2023
(RNS) — Georgia’s clean energy transition is doing what some may deem a miracle — getting Republicans and Democrats to agree.
Trump vs. DeSantis: Florida pastors mull conservative issues
By Giovanna Dell'orto — March 14, 2023
(AP) — “The evangelical vote in Florida is too diverse to be a big force in politics,” said one political scientist, but many faithful across denominations like seeing DeSantis take charge of issues like sexually explicit materials available to children. “That resonates.”
Five charts that explain the desperate turn to MAGA among conservative white Christians
By Robert P. Jones — March 14, 2023
(RNS) — White Christians’ attempt to halt their demographic slide has fostered two narratives of American life.
The women who stood with Martin Luther King Jr. and sustained a movement for social change
By Vicki Crawford — March 14, 2023
(The Conversation) — From family to grassroots activists, these are some of the women who shaped MLK’s vision and campaigns.
Anju Bhargava: Getting Hinduism a seat at the table
By Benjamin Spratt and Joshua Stanton — March 13, 2023
(RNS) — Bhargava is among a rising cohort of American Hindu leaders becoming more public about their spirituality. They're inspired by the Hindu concept of "seva" — selfless service.
The ‘double effects’ of men behaving badly
By Phyllis Zagano — March 13, 2023
(RNS) — How some bishops and lay groups have become the de facto Catholic morality police.
30 years later, Waco siege still resonates – especially among anti-government extremists
By Art Jipson and Paul J. Becker — March 13, 2023
(The Conversation) — Waco has been used as a rallying cry for decades, two scholars of domestic extremism explain.
American Jews will protest Israel finance minister’s speech in DC
By Yonat Shimron — March 10, 2023
(RNS) — Israel’s finance minister, Bezalel Smotrich, a right-wing Israeli politician, is scheduled to speak Sunday (March 12).
When it comes to 2024, do evangelical Christians matter?
By Jacob Lupfer — March 8, 2023
(RNS) — Evangelicals’ irrelevancy speaks to their political success — and to their moral failure.
In North Idaho, religious and secular activists work to fight Christian nationalism
By Jack Jenkins — March 8, 2023
(RNS) — In a recent editorial, Episcopal Bishop Gretchen Rehberg decried Christian nationalism as ‘heresy for Christians and dangerous rhetoric for all Americans.’
Discrimination based on caste is pervasive in South Asian communities around the world – now Seattle has banned it
By Aseem Hasnain and Abhilasha Srivastava — March 8, 2023
(The Conversation) — Two social scientists explain how caste-identities are pervasive in not just Hinduism but other South Asian faith groups as well.
Old-school Christian nationalism’s avatar of racism, antisemitism and conspiracies
By Bob Smietana — March 7, 2023
(RNS) —The early version of Christian nationalism turned the fear of communism into an excuse to embrace prejudice and forfeit American democracy.