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Wisconsin priest digs in to refuse bishop’s demand to resign

By David Crary, Todd Richmond — June 6, 2021

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Rev. James Altman calls himself “a lowly priest” serving a blue-collar city in western Wisconsin. But when his bishop demanded his resignation – after a series of divisive remarks about politics and the pandemic – Altman refused to oblige and has since raised more than $640,000 from his conservative supporters […]

Trudeau wants Vatican apology for church-run school abuses

By Rob Gillies — June 5, 2021

(AP) — Trudeau called on the church to “step up” and take responsibility after years of silence.

“Dead end”: German cardinal offers to quit over church abuse

By Nicole Winfield, Kirsten Grieshaber — June 4, 2021

BERLIN (AP) — Cardinal Reinhard Marx, offered to resign as archbishop Friday over the Catholic Church’s mishandling of clergy sexual abuse cases, declaring that the church had arrived at “a dead end.”

In Germany, blessings for same-sex couples exacerbate tensions with Vatican

By Ken Chitwood — June 1, 2021

(RNS) — A campaign to bless same-sex couples comes in defiance of a Vatican statement that such blessings were ‘not legitimate.’

Hong Kong’s new bishop wants differing views respected

By Associated Press — May 18, 2021

HONG KONG (AP) — Chow said the Beijing-approved Chinese church is not an enemy, since both churches believe in the same faith, and should try to seek understanding together.

RNS News Quiz: A transgender bishop and a landmark survey of American Jews

By Emily Churchill — May 15, 2021

(RNS) — Test your knowledge of the week’s current events in the world of religion.

It’s time for our Catholic president to address the church’s sexual abuse scandal

By David Clohessy — May 13, 2021

(RNS) — Here are three steps President Biden can take to stop the suffering.

With new ministry of catechist, Pope Francis widens role for lay Catholics

By Claire Giangravé — May 11, 2021

(RNS) — The latest motu proprio signals a continued, albeit timid, effort to answer a growing demand for agency from rank-and-file Catholics.

German Catholics to bless gay unions despite Vatican ban

By Kirsten Grieshaber — May 10, 2021

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Catholic progressives are offering same-sex blessings at services in about 100 churches this week in defiance of a recent Vatican pronouncement against them.

Attackers shoot Italian bishop-elect in his home in South Sudan

By Claire Giangravé, Fredrick Nzwili — April 27, 2021

(RNS) — Some have suggested that the attack may have been a warning for the Catholic Church to keep out of the political disputes in South Sudan.

Hans Kueng, dissident Catholic theologian, dies at 93

By Geir Moulson — April 6, 2021

BERLIN (AP) — Kueng was an influential voice for liberal Catholics and a prolific author, challenging Catholic doctrines on papal authority, birth control, divorce and other issues.

Hymns through masks: Christians mark another pandemic Easter

By Frances D'Emilio — April 5, 2021

VATICAN CITY (AP) — From vast Roman Catholic cathedrals to Protestant churches, worshippers followed regulations on the coronavirus.

Pope celebrates surprise Holy Thursday with ousted cardinal

By Nicole Winfield — April 2, 2021

(RNS) — “Such a gesture of paternity doesn’t seem strange on a day like today, Holy Thursday,” said a Vatican official, without confirming the story.

Fully vaccinated, Sister Jean gets her shot to return to March Madness

By Brian Roewe — March 17, 2021

(Global Sisters Report) — Sr. Jean Dolores Schmidt became the focus of a media frenzy when she accompanied Loyola University Chicago on their underdog run to the 2018 Final Four.

Belgian bishop lashes out at Vatican over gay unions decree

By Raf Casert — March 17, 2021

(RNS) — Antwerp Bishop Johan Bonny wrote in an opinion piece Wednesday that he feels ‘shame for my Church’.

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