RNS Morning Report: Methodist ‘Traditional Plan’; Pope Francis on Abuse; Abortion Obstacles

The Rev. Austin Adkinson, right, and members of the Queer Clergy Caucus sing and greet attendees on the first day of deliberations at the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller.

Need to know: Monday, February 25, 2019

Special Session Vote

United Methodists vote pensions, ‘Traditional Plan’ as top priorities

At the start of the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference, the so-called Traditional Plan ranked just below pensions in a vote to determine high or low priorities. More from Religion News Service

Heartfelt Appeal

Pope Francis calls for ‘all-out battle’ against child sex abuse

Pope Francis referred to clerics who abuse children as “tools of Satan." More from Religion News Service

Title X

Trump sets up abortion obstacles, barring clinic referrals

Religious conservatives said the administration's policy is a major step toward breaking down what they see as an indirect taxpayer subsidy of abortion providers. More from Religion News Service

Recently Revealed

At Vatican summit, talk of destroyed files riles bishops’ critics

“The Vatican may destroy documents, may restrict our access for justice, but … we are the evidence of the abuse," said an advocate for abuse survivors. More from Religion News Service

Political Monopoly

Religious leaders in Cuba critical of proposed constitution

People in Cuba vote Sunday on whether to make socialism "irrevocable" on the island and establish the Cuban Communist Party officially as the "supreme guiding political force" in the state and society. More from NPR


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