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In Pope Francis Era, Catholics Still Finding Their Footing

Catholics have been fighting among ourselves since St. Paul, but they maintain unity by respecting the authority of the pope.

After high court rulings, what will religious conservatives do?

The twin Supreme Court rulings on Wednesday (June 26) that further opened the door for gay marriage in the U.S. … Continued

ANALYSIS: A cultural wave on gay marriage reaches the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Sometimes a court opinion is more than just a court opinion. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 26-page decision Wednesday (June 26) … Continued

Archbishop of Canterbury to meet with gay rights activist

CANTERBURY, England — The new archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will hold talks with gay rights leader Peter Tatchell on … Continued

ANALYSIS: Are Catholics shifting tone or substance on gay issues?

When New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan told national news programs on Easter Sunday that Catholic leaders need to do a … Continued

Priest/Mayor reflects French divide over gay marriage

EREAC, France — Elie Geffray straddles both sides of a bitter divide over gay marriage in France. As a retired … Continued Almost impossible to explain this site

Rather on the QT last week, the LDS Church launched “”, a head-scratcher of a Web site that makes one … Continued

‘With Liberty and Justice for ALL’

AP The Rev. Delman Coates, senior pastor of Mt. Enon Baptist Church in Clinton, Md., speaks while the Rev. Al … Continued

Liberty and Justice for all in Maryland

Linda Davidson THE WASHINGTON POST Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley poses with Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and House Speaker Mike Busch … Continued

Prominent black clergy support Maryland same-sex marriage

Hamil R. Harris The Rev. Delman Coates, pastor of Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Md., talks about the campaign … Continued

Presbyterian Church, marriage equality, and a mother’s desires

AP People listen to a session of the 220th General Assembly (2012) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) on Thursday, July … Continued

Presbyterians to tackle gay marriage, divestment

The Presbyterian Church (USA) will return to two issues that have dominated church life for the past decade, with debates … Continued

Black preachers divided on same-sex marriage, not Obama

WASHINGTON — The 200 or so African-American pastors gathered here for the Conference of National Black Churches feel strongly about … Continued

What Mormon women want

Carlos Osorio AP In this Feb. 28, 2012 photo, Ann Romney introduces Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney … Continued

The law needs to catch up with love

When I heard the words of President Obama affirming marriage for all couples, it made me proud to be an … Continued

Britain starts talks on legalizing gay marriage

CANTERBURY, England — The British government on Thursday (March 15) launched a 12-week consultation that is widely expected to lead … Continued

Correction: Study says U.S. Muslims don’t want Shariah, either

North American Muslims are more than satisfied with the secular legal system and do not want a set of parallel … Continued

Activist: Many Maryland Catholics support same-sex marriage, extending legal protections to all families

By Francis DeBernardo Faithful Catholics who follow the debate on same-sex marriage have grown accustomed to our bishops making embarrassing … Continued

Creative tension: ‘Purpose Driven,’ vs. ‘Retro’ Catholics

I avoid writing about “liberal” and “conservative” Catholics. These terms are too easily politicized as Democrats v. Republicans. Moreover, the … Continued

A Christian case for same-sex marriage

Most media coverage of the D.C. Council’s steps toward civil marriage equality for same-sex couples has followed a worn-out script … Continued