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For somber Jews on Yom Kippur, white is the new black

RNS () —  When Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom synagogue in Washington looks out at his congregation on Yom … Continued

Southern Baptists condemn gay Scouts policy but won’t force a boycott

Southern Baptists overwhelmingly voted Wednesday (June 12) to stand with churches and families that drop ties with the Boy Scouts … Continued

Churches move to cut ties to Scouts after gay policy change

For the Rev. Ernest Easley, the decision to cut ties with the Boy Scouts was simple. The Bible says homosexuality … Continued

Religious groups OK with gay Scout ban for years now say no problem. What gives?

For years, the biggest faith groups in the Boy Scouts Mormons, Catholics and Methodists supported the organization’s ban on openly … Continued

Catholic leaders urge support for Boy Scouts after shift on gays

The U.S. Catholic Church’s top liaison to the Boy Scouts of America is telling Catholic Scout leaders and troop sponsors … Continued

Catholics split on proposed gay Boy Scouts change

Paul Sefranek is a lifelong Roman Catholic and a long-serving volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America — two parts … Continued

What atheists can learn from the gay rights movement

I’m not gay. But I am jealous. How did homosexuality shift in public opinion from less respectable than atheism to … Continued

Whatever happened to ‘reducing abortions’?

What approaches with wide popular support could reduce abortion, even as it remains legal under the Supreme Court’s decisions? 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

St. Louis Catholics react to native son Bishop Finn’s conviction

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — He didn’t mention Bishop Robert Finn, shepherd of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. On Thursday, … Continued

Episcopal bishop says yes _ and no _ to gay blessings

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Episcopal Bishop Kee Sloan of Alabama voted in favor of his church’s new ritual for blessing same-sex … Continued

Irish eyes aren’t smiling over New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s seminary probe

NEW YORK — Cardinal Timothy Dolan loves to play up his Irish roots, which is no surprise given Dolan’s famous … Continued

Faculty leave Baptist school, Shorter University, over “lifestyle” statement

More than two dozen faculty members have resigned from Shorter University, a Baptist school in Georgia, after it required them … Continued

Methodists to debate gay clergy and same-sex unions

As nearly 1,000 delegates from across the world gather in Tampa, Fla., for the United Methodist Church’s General Conference, gay … Continued

Gay BYU students say ‘It Gets Better’ on Mormon campus

PROVO, Utah — For young people struggling to come to terms with being gay and Mormon, 22 Brigham Young University … Continued

Debate about lesbian denied Communion shows dispute about the rite

The story about Barbara Johnson, the lesbian artist denied Communion at her mother’s funeral last weekend, has unsurprisingly drawn a … Continued

Bishop of Episcopal Diocese calls for marriage equality in Maryland

A recent Washington Post poll revealed an intriguing, and, to me, distressing dynamic regarding the role of religion in the … Continued

Sex trafficking and the Super Bowl

On the Catholic liturgical calendar, February 5 is the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the U.S., where professional football … Continued

After Breaking Dawn, talking sex and chastity with teens

HANDOUT REUTERS Actors Kristen Stewart (L) and Robert Pattinson, stars of the new film “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – … Continued

Time to talk about sexuality in the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church’s official teaching on homosexuality distinguishes between homosexual individuals and what it calls the “homosexual condition.” The difficulty … Continued