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Report: Church giving reaches Depression-era record lows

WASHINGTON — Collection plates are growing even lighter as Protestant church member giving reached new lows in 2011, and tithing … Continued

Godless funerals thrive in ‘post-Catholic’ Ireland

DUBLIN — Patricia Wojnar left a 32-year career in interior design to pursue a degree that wasn’t in demand: a … Continued

Remaking the Knights of Columbus

Jae C. Hong AP Knights of Columbus honor guard rehearses before the session at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, … Continued

Church of England rejects women bishops

LONDON — In a surprise move that shocked both sides of a years-long debate, the Church of England on Tuesday … Continued

Skeptics are the new religious

Except for presidential candidates and some parts of the Bible Belt, the days when church membership was necessary for social … Continued

Despite doubters, mainline Protestant churches are poised for success

Conservative commentators like Rupert Murdoch’s stable and Ross Douthat of The New York Times are feasting on what they perceive … Continued

Changing the Mormon conversation on homosexuality

I am going to use heartfelt, strong language as I stress the importance of a new, groundbreaking publication that has … Continued

Is the church corrupt?

Franco Origlia GETTY IMAGES Cardinals and Bishops attend John Paul II Beatification Ceremony held by Pope Benedict XVI on May … Continued

Churches lost $1.2 billion in recession

WASHINGTON — Even as membership remains relatively stable in U.S. churches, the effects of the recession have caused contributions to … Continued

Pope to find challenges, opportunities in Cuba

VATICAN CITY — Two weeks before Pope Benedict XVI was scheduled to touch down in Cuba, a small group of … Continued

Rev. Mariann Budde reaching out for a more vital Episcopal Church

Is the Right Rev. Mariann Budde the woman to save the Episcopal Church? On meeting her, you’d hope so. Bright-eyed, … Continued

Jericho City of Praise Pastor Appeals Court Decision Barring Him From Control

The assistant pastor of megachurch Jericho City of Praise in Landover has appealed a judge’s ruling barring him from participating … Continued

Seventh-day Adventists elect new president

By William Wan The big news coming out of the Adventists’ conference that’s been going on this week down in … Continued

Evangelical advance in Haiti?

The greatest tragedy for Haiti’s Catholics may not be the destruction of the cathedral and dozens of churches, schools and … Continued

The Catholic Church’s religious blackmail of secular government

Q: U.S. Catholic bishops are defending their direct involvement in congressional deliberations over health-care reform, saying that church leaders have … Continued

Religions need to live and let live

On the immediate level, the move by the Vatican is likely the consequence of the continuous decline of Catholic Church … Continued

Sorry, President Carter, this Argument Falls Flat

Former president Jimmy Carter and other world leaders issued this statement: “The justification of discrimination against women and girls on … Continued

Secularism And Religious Iliteracy

There is no question that more Americans are becoming more secular. That does not mean that America is “losing its … Continued

View from a Southern Baptist

In his recent Under God post entitled “Southern Baptist Decline and God’s Bottom Line,” On Faith editor David Waters asks, … Continued

Southern Baptist Decline and God’s Bottom Line

Times are tough, even in the salvation market. After decades of growth, the nation’s largest group of Protestants, the Southern … Continued