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Pope Francis breathes new life into Cardinal Bernardin’s contested legacy

RNS () — The election of Pope Francis in March heralded a season of surprises for the Catholic Church, but … Continued

Methodist court to consider growing opposition to gay ban

RNS () — The United Methodist Church’s highest court gathers for its semiannual meeting in Baltimore on Wednesday, as the … Continued

ANALYSIS: Are the media giving Pope Francis a pass?

VATICAN CITY — Are the media pulling their punches when it comes to Pope Francis? Whether it’s because he carries … Continued

United Methodist high court to consider challenges to gay teachings

WASHINGTON — Facing a wave of open defiance to church law, the top court of the United Methodist Church is … Continued

For Pope Francis, a revolution of words

Pope Francis reached out to gays, saying he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a news conference Monday. … Continued

Support grows for fired gay Catholic schoolteacher

LOS ANGELES — Support for a Roman Catholic high school teacher fired for marrying his same-sex partner continued to grow … Continued

Pope Francis: The end of ‘fortress Catholicism’?

Pope Francis reached out to gays, saying he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a news conference Monday. … Continued

On religious atheists

When I was six, I began Hebrew School as an Orthodox Jew because that’s what my family was and that’s … Continued

Catholic leaders urge support for Boy Scouts after shift on gays

The U.S. Catholic Church’s top liaison to the Boy Scouts of America is telling Catholic Scout leaders and troop sponsors … Continued

SIDEBAR: Evangelical alternatives to the Boy Scouts

Adventure Corps Founded by the Salvation Army in the 1980s, Adventure Corps includes about 1,300 units of boys from grades … Continued

Methodist pastor to preach at inaugural National Prayer Service

The Rev. Adam Hamilton, a United Methodist pastor known for his skilled preaching and centrist views, will deliver the sermon … Continued

Four priests, four friends: Bishops witness historic changes in Catholic life

Whether by accident, serendipity or divine design, four future heavyweights of American Catholicism found themselves in the Class of 1962 … Continued

Church of England OK’s (celibate) gay bishops

CANTERBURY, England — The Church of England on Friday (Jan. 4) confirmed that it has dropped its prohibition on gay … Continued

Pope Benedict XVI tightens church control over Catholic charities

VATICAN CITY — Bishops must exercise closer supervision over Catholic charities and ensure that their activities do not contradict church … Continued

Holocaust-denying Bishop Richard Williamson booted from traditionalist group

VATICAN CITY — A breakaway traditionalist group has expelled Bishop Richard Williamson, a British prelate who in 2009 sparked a … Continued

Was Cardinal Carlo Martini the last liberal Catholic bishop?

VATICAN CITY — With the recent death of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, Catholics who call for church reform on issues … Continued

Nun leaders believe most sisters don’t want to submit to Vatican oversight

Early reports on this week’s meeting of the country’s largest group of Catholic nuns show the women are in for … Continued

Should Catholic religious educators be required to believe ‘each and every’ aspect of faith?

Tracy A. Woodward THE WASHINGTON POST Kathleen Riley (L) and Alison Carroll (R) resigned as teachers for St. Ann Catholic … Continued

Franciscan friars back American nuns in Vatican spat

The brothers have come to the sisters’ defense. Leaders from the seven Franciscan provinces in the U.S. publicly backed a … Continued

Nun’s Vatican-condemned book on sexuality shoots up bestseller list

Courtesy Yale Divinity School Margaret Farley . Wow, that’s some powerful PR. Twenty-four hours ago news broke that the Vatican … Continued