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Pope expels German ‘luxury bishop’ from diocese pending inquiry into $43 million renovation

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis expelled a German bishop from his diocese on Wednesday pending the outcome of a church … 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

Religion news in brief

Evangelist Billy Graham turns 95 next month NEW YORK — A major celebration is planned next month for the 95th … 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

NY state pastor among Methodists defying church law

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Rev. Steve Heiss presided at his first same-sex marriage ceremony in a field in upstate New … Continued

Reformist priest sees potential ally in Pope Francis

WASHINGTON — An Austrian priest who’s been banned from speaking at Roman Catholic churches during his three-week U.S. tour said … Continued

Are miracles really needed to become a saint?

VATICAN CITY — When the Vatican announced this month that Pope Francis would formally elevate Popes John Paul II and … Continued

Georgetown University not ‘Catholic’?

(Simon Brubaker/THE WASHINGTON POST) Wiliam Blatty, author of The Exorcist and well-known Georgetown alum, recently grabbed media attention when he … Continued

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Why I disobeyed the United Methodist Church’s unjust teaching on same-sex marriage

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” Marrying Tom and Nick was for me a profoundly personal and quintessentially pastoral act.

Can Pope Francis finish the job that Benedict began?

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, left, is welcomed by Pope Francis … Continued