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Church Discipline Gone Wrong

Why a delayed letter of apology from a deacon meant so much to me.

Kristallnacht Still Casts a Long Shadow On Europe

Seventy-five years after Kristallnacht, anti-Semitism persists in Europe.

Minn. church whistleblower says she has no regrets about speaking out, but ‘didn’t do enough’

ST. PAUL, Minn. — After she made her First Communion as a little girl, Jennifer Haselberger was distraught to learn … Continued

Could Pope Francis make women cardinals?

RNS () — Could a woman vote for the next pope? Pope Francis has said repeatedly that he wants to … 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

An aging maverick, Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong has no regrets

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. — At 82, retired and enjoying life, Bishop John Shelby Spong doesn’t have to be the liberal … Continued

Vatican urges a slowdown in the rush to reform

ROME — Pope Francis has earned headlines worldwide with his reform-minded comments on any number of topics, from the church … Continued

Ex-Mormons aren’t ‘lazy or sinful,’ church leader Dieter Uchtdorf says

SALT LAKE CITY — It is wrong to assume that Mormons who leave the faith “have been offended or lazy … Continued

Poll: Catholics agree with Pope Francis that church is ‘obsessed’ with moral issues

RNS () — Pope Francis rocked the Catholic world last month when he gave a wide-ranging interview in which he … Continued

Consultants help churches with the business of growth

RNS () — Each weekend, 18,000 people gather at one of Eagle Brook Church’s five locations outside St. Paul, Minn., … Continued

Pope Francis stirs debate yet again with interview with an atheist Italian journalist

Pope Francis cranked up his charm offensive on the world outside the Vatican on Tuesday, saying in the second widely … Continued

Pope Francis fires a warning shot at church’s ‘top-down’ bureaucracy

RNS () — Pope Francis has once again given a startlingly candid interview that reinforces his vision of a Catholic … 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

COMMENTARY: Stepping in when politicians step aside

POLAND, Ohio — A straggle of kids came up for children’s time at Poland Presbyterian Church, a 211-year-old congregation established … Continued

From burlap sack to digital file, church records get makeover

BOSTON — Six years ago, the people of First Congregational Church of Rowley in Massachusetts were convinced they’d lost their … Continued

As denominations decline, numbers of unpaid ministers rise

RNS () — The 50 members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Hitchcock, Texas, are looking forward to December, when … Continued

What’s the real cost of cheap, fast food?

(Photo: Belleville News-Democrat) Last week, thousands of Americans stepped away from their jobs at fast-food restaurants and into the streets … Continued

Worshippers’ digital distraction may not be all bad

SALT LAKE CITY — Tyler Woolstenhulme might be loath to admit it, but sometimes he’s not paying attention in church. … Continued

Church of England under fire for potential fracking profits

CANTERBURY, England — First it was payday lending; now fracking. Last month, the Church of England acknowledged and regretted investing … Continued

Lutherans take surprise step in electing female presiding bishop

RNS () — What started as just another church assembly turned into a historic one for the Evangelical Lutheran Church … Continued