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Churches Are the Front Lines in the Battle for Mental Health

Studies show that people struggling with mental health issues often turn to pastors first. Too often, they receive only prayer and bad advice.

Should the Therapist’s Couch Be an Altar?

Why the role religion plays in mental health is up to the patient, not the doctor.

Why gun violence is a Christian issue

(George Frey/Getty Images) A suicide by shotgun in the City of Fairfax, following closely on the heels of the Navy … Continued

Catholic priest with a taste for ‘self-bondage’ returned to ministry

RNS () — The Roman Catholic bishop of Springfield, Ill., has returned a priest to ministry after an internal investigation … Continued

10 things we can do right now about Syria instead of bombing

Syrian refugee children play with swings at the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border. (Reuters/Giath Taha) … Continued

Bans on abortion by telemedicine growing

RNS () — The war over abortion is going digital. Missouri last month joined six other states that have enacted … Continued

Humanists want a military chaplain to call their own

If Jason Heap has his way, he’ll trade his Oxford tweeds for the crisp whites of a newly minted U.S. … Continued

Change is good. For Mormons and for Boy Scouts

(David Manning/Reuters) During the summer of 2011 there were three separate hate-motivated violent attacks on three different gay men in … Continued

Boy Scouts: Change is good — and Mormons agree

(David Manning/Reuters) During the summer of 2011 there were three separate hate-motivated violent attacks on three different gay men in … Continued

Can grief be a mental illness? With new diagnostic changes, maybe

Each year 90,000 parents in the U.S. confront the profound suffering that follows the death of a child or adolescent. … Continued

Meditation guru Tara Brach is calm eye of Washington’s storm

A tornado warning was in effect over Washington and the rain was coming down in sheets, but the little residential … Continued

Victims raise profile of ‘spiritual abuse’

SPOKANE, Wash. — Karen Wanjico had no choice. Turn away from her mother like the rest of her congregation, or … Continued

How the traditional Pope Benedict is redefining the papacy

Pope Benedict XVI came into office with the reputation of a conservative hard-liner, a vigorous defender of orthodoxy who wanted … Continued

‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle and Eddie Ray Routh: PTSD in the valley of the shadow of death

Paul Moseley AP In this April 6, 2012 file photo, Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and author of the … Continued

Catholic bishop tries to explain how a priest ended up in’self-bondage’

After all three Masses on the weekend of Jan. 19-20, parishioners of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Springfield, Ill., were … Continued

The moral mandates around gun control

JONATHAN ERNST REUTERS A copy of the book ‘Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games’ sits at … Continued

The politicization of tragedy

AP Rain soaks parts of a memorial to the Newtown shooting victims in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn., … Continued

The idolatry of the gun

REUTERS A customer tests a Glock 20 10mm handgun at the Guns-R-Us gun shop in Phoenix on Dec. 20, 2012. … Continued

Cizik: It is time to act

The comment earlier this summer by Senate candidate Todd Aiken (R-Mo.) about “legitimate rape” was not just astonishing to pro-life … Continued

California bans ‘praying away the gay’ therapies

California became the first state to ban the use for minors of disputed therapies to “overcome” homosexuality, a step hailed … Continued