RNS Morning Report: Church Militant Denounced; Considering Older Congregants; Historic Protest Pics

The archbishop designated by Pope Francis to the Archdiocese of Washington, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, speaks during a news conference as Cardinal Donald Wuerl looks on, at Washington Archdiocesan Pastoral Center in Hyattsville, Maryland, on April 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Need to know: Friday, June 12, 2020

Broadly Condemned

Conservative Catholic group denounced for calling black archbishop ‘African Queen’

‘(It’s) a slap in the face to every black Catholic in America,’ said Anthea Butler, associate professor of religious studies and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania. More from Religion News Service

Elder Engagement

As coronavirus restrictions loosen, congregations grapple with including older adults

Unable to access spiritual sustenance or the comforts of community, many older adults are isolated and lonely. Houses of worship are just beginning to chart ways to reach them. More from Religion News Service

Archive of Activism

From civil rights to no nukes: A look at historic protest photos

Clergy and faith leaders have a long history of involvement in protests. Here’s a look back at some religious engagement in historic demonstrations. More from Religion News Service


The fire this time

I’m done believing that religion will help Black people get justice in America. It isn’t. Black men and women are still dead, writes Anthea Butler. More from Religion News Service


The Stauffers let go of an adopted child. Five reasons why their critics are wrong.

Critics of parenting vloggers who ‘rehomed’ their 4-year-old adopted son haven’t experienced the devastation of adoptive parents who have to place their children in others’ care, writes Heidi Weimer. More from Religion News Service

Suspended Support

Alcoholics Anonymous, struggling to reach new members during the shutdown, expects a surge

Although it is one of the most popular of the many community-based programs that take place in churches and other community buildings across the nation, A.A. has moved away from explicit religious ties. More from The Washington Post🔒