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The Gospel According to Labor Day

Union leaders have forgotten the religious roots of organized labor in this country.

Salam and salutation to Pope Francis

Pope Francis (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) The iconic spiritual leaders of our time took decades of struggle and growth … Continued

When Catholic schools fire gay teachers, laity push back

RNS () — They taught English, gym, music and fifth grade, and are typically described as “beloved” by their students. … Continued

The Pope Francis Effect: 8 Ways He’s Changing the Catholic Church

So we know by now that Pope Francis is different. But is he changing more than just the tone of … Continued

Gay rights vs. religious rights: 7 issues to watch

NEW YORK — The rights of religious groups or individuals that object to same-sex marriage continue to clash with those … Continued

Five reasons why women care about HHS’ contraception mandate

A woman holding a birth control pill. (Eric Gaillard — Reuters) Today, when the Department of Health and Human Services’ … Continued

Millennials are faithful, but not always religious

Community is the answer to my generation’s struggle with religion.

White House denies contraception exemption to private businesses

The Obama administration on Friday (June 28) issued final rules for religious groups for its controversial contraception mandate, maintaining its … Continued

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

Rick Santorum: Faith-based movies will ‘rival Hollywood’

ST. LOUIS — It’s not the message you might expect to hear from Rick Santorum, the Christian-conservative former presidential candidate: … Continued

On gay bishops, what a difference a decade makes

The outgoing bishop of New Hampshire, Douglas E. Theuner, right, presents the incoming bishop, V. Gene Robinson, left, with a … Continued

The courts, birth control and phony claims of ‘religious liberty’

A woman holds a birth control pill. These tiny pills are now at the heart of an ongoing fight over … 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

Church-based scouting alternatives attract interest

They have pledges. They have merit badges. And they may go camping. But they’re not the Boy Scouts. Across the … Continued

Most Americans support lifting ban on gay Boy Scouts

(Eric Gay/AP) A wide majority of Americans support the Boy Scouts of America’s proposal to admit gay scouts for the … Continued

Atheists: Let your conscience be your god

Recently I was invited to participate in a Religion and Law Conference at Florida State University. Almost all the other … Continued

Tax or fee? Pastors push back against city’s ‘annual registration fee’

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — After the city’s director of emergency services delivered an opening prayer, the City Council took … Continued

Gay Catholic delivers 18,000 signatures to bishop asking to be reinstated

NEW YORK — A gay man ousted from posts at his Long Island parish after a critic complained that he … Continued

13 attorneys general push Obama on contraception mandate

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Thirteen state attorneys general are urging the federal government to broaden religious exemptions for private businesses under … Continued

Ohio’s Rob Portman is first GOP senator to support gay marriage

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman on Thursday (March 14) announced he has reversed his longtime opposition to same-sex … Continued