(RNS) As Christians worldwide prepare to celebrate Easter, they will
follow a familiar chronology: Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and
rose from the dead on "the third day," in the words of the ancient
WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops announced Monday (April 11) that
sexual abuse accusations against Catholic clergy increased in 2010, and
auditors found 57 dioceses do not follow church guidelines on child
(RNS) Neither snow nor rain nor Saturday Sabbaths should keep a Missouri
mailman from his appointed rounds, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Seventh-day Adventist Hosea Harrell argued he was the victim of
religious discrimination when the U.S. Postal Service refused to give
him Saturdays off. Harrell took the days off anyway and was fired in
WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops are urging federal housing
officials not to adopt proposed rules that would bar groups that receive
federal funds from discriminating against gays, lesbians or transgender
persons in housing programs.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops on Thursday (Feb. 24) threw
their moral weight behind the pro-union protesters in Wisconsin, saying
the rights of workers do not abate in difficult economic times.
(RNS) Advocates for victims of clergy sexual abuse are hailing the
indictment of a senior Roman Catholic official in the U.S. on charges of
endangering the welfare of a child for failing to remove abusive priests
The top court of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has found a Boston
minister not guilty of violating church rules against performing gay
marriages. The narrow ruling keeps the churchwide ban in place.
In the wake of public spats between the Catholic hierarchy and health-care executives, the Catholic Health Association publicly acknowledged that bishops—not doctors or hospital ethicists—have the final say on questions of medical morality.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A coalition of more than 50 Muslim, human rights, and
faith organizations is urging House leaders to raise concerns about
planned hearings this month on the "radicalization" of American Muslims.
(RNS) Anglican archbishops concluded their six-day summit in Ireland on
Sunday (Jan. 30) by issuing statements on a host of international
issues, including violence against women in Africa, political chaos in
Egypt, and the murder of a gay rights activist in Uganda.
(RNS) For nearly 40 years, Hollywood has been obsessed with the
Since the 1973 blockbuster "The Exorcist" unleashed a head-spinning,
pea-soup spewing, foul-mouthed and demon-possessed girl on the American
imagination, a host of films featuring exorcisms have hit the silver
WASHINGTON(RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops will not join efforts to
repeal the new health care law, even though they staunchly opposed the
bill last year after concluding it permits federally funded abortions.
Expecting a speech, Americans instead heard a sermon. Drawing on
scripture, theology and the rising rhythms of black preaching, President
Obama was more pastor than politician at a memorial service in Tucson
for the victims of the January 8 shooting in that Arizona city.