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German Bishops Assure Vatican but Vow to Proceed With Reform

German Bishops Assure Vatican but Vow to Proceed With Reform

Nov 19, 2022

Germany's Catholic bishops insisted Saturday that their reform process won't lead to a schism and vowed to continue it after tense meetings with Vatican officials who want a moratorium on proposals to ordain women and bless same-sex unions.

Accused Albany Bishop Asks to Be Removed from Priesthood

Accused Albany Bishop Asks to Be Removed from Priesthood

Nov 19, 2022

The retired bishop of Albany, New York, who has admitted to covering up for predator priests and has himself been accused of sexual abuse, has asked Pope Francis to remove him from the priesthood.

Faith Groups Split over Bill to Protect Same-Sex Marriage

Faith Groups Split over Bill to Protect Same-Sex Marriage

By David Crary | Nov 16, 2022

Among U.S. faith leaders and denominations, there are sharp differences over the bill advancing in the Senate that would protect same-sex and interracial marriages in federal law.

Mormon Church Voices Support for Same-Sex Marriage Law

Mormon Church Voices Support for Same-Sex Marriage Law

By Sam Metz | Nov 15, 2022

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Tuesday it would back proposed federal legislation to safeguard same-sex marriages, marking the latest show of support for the measure from conservative-leaning groups.

LGBTQ-Friendly Votes Signal Progressive Shift for Methodists

LGBTQ-Friendly Votes Signal Progressive Shift for Methodists

By Peter Smith | Nov 12, 2022

The United Methodist Church moved toward becoming more progressive and LGBTQ-affirming during U.S. regional meetings this month that included the election of its second openly gay bishop.

As Midterms Near, Clergy Preach Politics and Civics Lessons

As Midterms Near, Clergy Preach Politics and Civics Lessons

By David Crary and Holly Meyer | Nov 6, 2022

Across America, faith leaders have squeezed in some final messages about the midterm elections during their worship services this weekend.

Catholic Conflicts on Marriage Continue, Even Decades after Vatican II

Catholic Conflicts on Marriage Continue, Even Decades after Vatican II

Nov 6, 2022

Catholics have become increasingly divided over post-Vatican II openness to contemporary cultural changes, especially with regards to marriage.

Private School Vouchers Open Faith Options for Kids of Color

Private School Vouchers Open Faith Options for Kids of Color

By Giovanna Dell'Orto | Nov 6, 2022

School choice is one of many education issues bringing parents to the polls this fall. One core question is how widely taxpayer money should pay for private school tuition, instead of only financing public schools.

Watch: Texas Preacher Would Rather Only Eat Vomit Than Have Gay Sex

Watch: Texas Preacher Would Rather Only Eat Vomit Than Have Gay Sex

Oct 25, 2022

A Texas preacher wanted to share with his YouTube audience what a homosexual is, but his sermon was so hateful that YouTube pulled it. Amongst other things, he would prefer to eat vomit every day instead of having gay sex.

Marriage Equality, Gay Clergy Drive Slow Breakup in Methodist Schism

Marriage Equality, Gay Clergy Drive Slow Breakup in Methodist Schism

By Peter Smith | Oct 11, 2022

The United Methodist Church is the latest of several mainline Protestant denominations in America to begin fracturing amid debates over sexuality and theology.

Pope Slams Treatment of Migrants as 2 Italians Become Saints

Pope Slams Treatment of Migrants as 2 Italians Become Saints

By Colleen Barry and Luigi Navarra | Oct 9, 2022

Pope Francis on Sunday denounced Europe's indifference toward migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea as he elevated to sainthood an Italian bishop and Italian-born missionary.

Michael Flynn's ReAwaken Roadshow Recruits 'Army of God'

Michael Flynn's ReAwaken Roadshow Recruits 'Army of God'

By Michelle R. Smith | Oct 8, 2022

ReAwaken America was launched by Flynn a few months after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol failed to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

LGBTQ+-Friendly Church OK with Getting Southern Baptist Boot

LGBTQ+-Friendly Church OK with Getting Southern Baptist Boot

By Peter Smith | Sep 27, 2022

The College Park church found itself in the news last week when the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee voted to remove it from its rolls because of its "open affirmation, approval and endorsement of homosexual behavior."

Tutu's Daughter Barred from Funeral Role over Gay Marriage

Tutu's Daughter Barred from Funeral Role over Gay Marriage

Sep 23, 2022

The daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been barred from officiating at a funeral in a church in England because she is married to a woman, the BBC reported Friday.

Southern Baptists Cut Ties with LGBTQ-Friendly Church

Southern Baptists Cut Ties with LGBTQ-Friendly Church

By Peter Smith | Sep 21, 2022

The Southern Baptist Conventions' top administrative body voted to cut ties with two congregations on Tuesday, including an LGBTQ-friendly church in North Carolina that had itself quit the denomination decades ago.

Belgian Bishops Propose Prayer for Gay Couples, Not Marriage

Belgian Bishops Propose Prayer for Gay Couples, Not Marriage

By Nicole Winfield and Samuel Petrequin | Sep 20, 2022

Belgian bishops on Tuesday published a proposed text for a prayer liturgy for same-sex couples that includes prayers, Scriptural readings and expressions of commitment, despite a 2021 Vatican directive barring church blessings for gay couples.

Indiana Court Sides with Catholic Diocese in Firing of Gay Married Teacher

Indiana Court Sides with Catholic Diocese in Firing of Gay Married Teacher

By Tom Davies | Sep 1, 2022

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled that religious freedom rights protect the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis from being sued by a teacher who was fired for being in a same-sex marriage.

Anti-LGBTQ+ Russian Church Leader Scraps Meeting with Pope

Anti-LGBTQ+ Russian Church Leader Scraps Meeting with Pope

Aug 25, 2022

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has canceled his planned attendance at an interfaith meeting in Kazakhstan next month where he was expected to meet with Pope Francis.

Church's Unauthorized 'Hamilton' Production Compares Being Gay to Addiction

Church's Unauthorized 'Hamilton' Production Compares Being Gay to Addiction

By Emell Adolphus | Aug 14, 2022

The Door church in McAllen, Texas, has given the Broadway show a homophobic makeover and lawyers for the real show have issued an order to cease and desist.

Watch: Religious School Turns Away 5-Year-Old after Lesbian Aunts Adopt Her

Watch: Religious School Turns Away 5-Year-Old after Lesbian Aunts Adopt Her

By Kilian Melloy | Aug 14, 2022

A same-sex couple who adopted their orphaned niece were shocked when a Baptist school refused to allow the child into its kindergarten.

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