Tim Townsend| Religion News Service

Stories by Tim Townsend| Religion News Service

Navy chaplains to receive more training on sexual abuse

ST. LOUIS — Kristen Leslie began her 2003 book, “When Violence Is No Stranger,” with a verse from Psalms, a … Continued

Catholic priest with a taste for ‘self-bondage’ returned to ministry

RNS () — The Roman Catholic bishop of Springfield, Ill., has returned a priest to ministry after an internal investigation … Continued

Breakaway parish mulls joining the Episcopalians

ST. LOUIS — A breakaway Catholic church that stood up to three Catholic bishops, weathered a decade-long legal fight and … Continued

Lutherans may discuss disputes over joint worship

ST. LOUIS — Missouri Synod Lutherans from around the country will spend the next several days here for a national … Continued

Mother searches for God’s purpose in the midst of grief

ST. LOUIS — Sarah Decareaux was lying on the cold, concrete floor of a barn. She closed her eyes, curled … Continued

Lutherans re-elect Matthew Harrison despite Newtown “debacle”

Members of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod re-elected the Rev. Matthew Harrison as their president in a landslide, despite the so-called … Continued

Gay Catholic priest comes out to an uncertain future

ST. LOUIS — On the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Rev. Gary Meier addressed a congregation of … Continued

Can grief be a mental illness? With new diagnostic changes, maybe

Each year 90,000 parents in the U.S. confront the profound suffering that follows the death of a child or adolescent. … Continued

Jesuits face a shrinking pool of university presidents

ST. LOUIS — For 25 years, St. Louis University has been led by the Rev. Lawrence Biondi. And for nearly … Continued

Catholics try their hand at old-fashioned evangelism

SHREWSBURY, Mo. — On a recent rainy Saturday, about 125 Catholics packed a basement conference room, many of them older, … Continued

Tax or fee? Pastors push back against city’s ‘annual registration fee’

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — After the city’s director of emergency services delivered an opening prayer, the City Council took … Continued

St. Louis Archdiocese gives up fight for control of breakaway parish

ST. LOUIS — The Archdiocese of St. Louis will end its appeal of a court decision that removed its control … Continued

Newtown’debacle’ reopens old wounds for Missouri Synod

ST. LOUIS — A decision by the leader of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod to censure a pastor for participating in … Continued

Catholic priests pushed to become better preachers

ST. LOUIS — As Drew Burkemper got up to preach, the weight of his task was evident. His classmate at … Continued

Vatican lifts suspension of priest who altered prayers at Mass

An Illinois priest who was forced out of his parish by his bishop for improvising prayers during Mass has had … Continued

Missouri remains land of religious promise for Mormons

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — In 1831, Mormon founder Joseph Smith declared that the righteous would gather in Independence, Mo., to greet … Continued

In rural Missouri, Mormons see Adam’s fall after Garden of Eden and Jesus’ return

DAVIESS COUNTY, Mo. — Jose Rangel got out of his minivan and stretched before helping his elderly mother from the … Continued

Episcopal priest faces scrutiny over nude art photos

ST. LOUIS — In the middle of the 16th century, Catholic bishops and theologians met sporadically in the city of … Continued

Concerts and controversial opera bring faiths together in St. Louis

Two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, Timothy O’Leary sat in an audience of 2,000 New Yorkers listening to the … Continued

Baptist leader stands his political ground on Todd Akin’s campaign

ST. LOUIS — Don Hinkle stands out among the serious, conservative men of the Missouri Baptist Convention. Not that Hinkle … Continued