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Methodist court sidesteps changes to gay policies

RNS () — The United Methodist Church’s highest court issued three rulings this weekend that do not change church policy … Continued

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

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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

Catholic leaders using Communion as a weapon in the culture wars

Polling shows that ex-Catholics are the third largest religious group in the United States. Many Catholic laity are experiencing a … Continued

Vatican defends Pope Francis’ washing of women’s feet

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Friday (March 29) dismissed criticism of Pope Francis’ decision to wash the feet of … Continued

When the new pope meets the old pope: Awkward?

Now that the cardinals have elected and installed their new boss, Pope Francis can get to work being the Roman … Continued

Pope Francis has a long to-do list, and it starts with the Curia

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis comes into office riding a wave of good will but facing a host of challenges … Continued

First round of conclave voting ends with no winner

VATICAN CITY — Black smoke from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel signaled that the first day of the conclave … Continued

Cardinals begin conclave to elect the next pope

VATICAN CITY — The doors of the Sistine Chapel closed behind the cardinals on Tuesday (March 12), marking the official … Continued

Cardinals hold first meeting but don’t set date for conclave

VATICAN CITY — Roman Catholic cardinals on Monday (March 4) met for the first of a series of closed-door meetings … Continued

Pope Benedict XVI leaves office, promises ‘obedience’ to successor

VATICAN CITY — The papacy of Benedict XVI came to a quiet end at 8 p.m. on Thursday (Feb. 28), … Continued

Benedict will be’Pope Emeritus’ after resignation

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI will be known as “Pope Emeritus” after his retirement on Thursday (Feb. 28), and … Continued