RNS Morning Report: Abuser Banned from Pa. Church; Muslim Inmates Sue Ark. Prisons; Gilead Church

Victims advocate Jimmy Hinton, left, prays with relatives and supporters of victims of Clyde E. Brothers Jr. Photo by Bobby Ross Jr.

Need to know: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Abuser in the Pews

Church elders let confessed abuser attend services; now judge has banned him

Elders at a Pennsylvania Church knew that a former youth minister and camp leader had confessed to abuse. But they still allowed him to come to church services until a judge ordered him to stay away. More from Religion News Service

Religious Accommodations

Muslim inmates sue over combined faith services in Arkansas prisons

Muslim prisoners say the Arkansas Department of Correction requires them to attend a combined Friday prayer service with members of the Nation of Islam and Nation of Gods and Earths. More from Religion News Service

Testimonial Worship

Life stories — not sermons — guide Gilead Church in Chicago

At Gilead Church in Chicago, life stories are as sacred as Scripture. More from Religion News Service

City Code Revised

Portland bans discrimination against atheists, other nonbelievers

Portland now bans discrimination against atheists, agnostics, and those who don't believe in "god or gods." More from Religion News Service


Releasing Vatican WWII archives removes an obstacle to Catholic-Jewish peace

The long-simmering controversy over Pius XII's response to the Holocaust has the power to undo many of the extraordinary positive gains that have been achieved since 1965, writes A. James Rudin. More from Religion News Service

Systematic Erasure

Monumental loss: Azerbaijan and ‘the worst cultural genocide of the 21st century’

A damning new report details an attempted erasure by Azerbaijan of its Armenian cultural heritage, including the destruction of cultural and religious artifacts. More from The Guardian



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