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The 40-foot Bladensburg Peace Cross stands at an intersection in Bladensburg, Md., northeast of Washington, D.C. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Need to know: Friday, June 21, 2019

Cross' Constitutionality

Supreme Court determines cross on Maryland highway can stay

In a 7-2 decision, the high court determined that the Bladensburg Cross erected by the American Legion does not violate the Constitution’s establishment clause. More from Religion News Service

Canonical Decree

Archbishop revokes school’s Catholic designation over refusal to fire gay teache …

The Midwest Jesuits plan to appeal the decision, possibly bringing the case before the Vatican. More from Religion News Service

Church Reimagined

Philadelphia Episcopalians explore what happens when church is separated from Sunday

Rather than focusing on Sunday attendance, the once-shuttered St. Stephen's is invested in being present for the community. More from Religion News Service

Pervasive Discrimination

New video captures sexist comments to women ministers — read by male counterparts

'I keep picturing you naked under your robe,' said one congregant to his female minister. More from Religion News Service

Flunking Sainthood

With ‘The Other Side of Heaven 2’, Christian filmmaker swims with summer b …

"The Other Side of Heaven" is getting a sequel after 18 years, and filmmaker Mitch Davis is counting on Americans of faith to help the film compete against the blockbusters, writes Jana Riess. More from Religion News Service

Inadequate Response

Archbishop chose church’s reputation above children, inquiry finds

The highest-ranking Catholic leader in England and Wales defended the reputation of the church rather than protecting children in the face of allegations of sexual abuse, a report by the independent sexual abuse inquiry has concluded. More from The Guardian




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