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Pope Francis: God 'Does Not Disown' LGBTQ+ People

Pope Francis: God 'Does Not Disown' LGBTQ+ People

By Kilian Melloy | May 10, 2022

Pope Francis sounded a note of love and compassion in a letter to Fr. James Martin, a Catholic priest who advocates for ministry to LGBTQ+ people, writing that God "does not disown any of his children."

Mosques for Women, LGTBQ+ People Exist; This Women's Mosque in LA is One

Mosques for Women, LGTBQ+ People Exist; This Women's Mosque in LA is One

May 1, 2022

Not all Muslims belong to a religious community, and sacred dates in the Islamic calendar can prove profoundly isolating — especially be Muslims who are female, nonbinary, queer or converts.

Newsmax Anchor Greg Kelly: Churches' Pride Flags 'Exclusionary,' 'Disrespectful'

Newsmax Anchor Greg Kelly: Churches' Pride Flags 'Exclusionary,' 'Disrespectful'

By Kilian Melloy | May 1, 2022

Pride flags flown from churches: Open and affirming? More like "exclusionary" and "disrespectful," according to Newsmax's Greg Kelly.

Black Catholic Nuns: A Compelling, Long-Overlooked History

Black Catholic Nuns: A Compelling, Long-Overlooked History

By David Crary | May 1, 2022

A comprehensive and compelling history of Black American nuns, "Subversive Habits," will be published May 17.

United Methodist Bishops Acknowledge Breakup is Imminent

United Methodist Bishops Acknowledge Breakup is Imminent

By Holly Meyer and David Crary | May 1, 2022

The breakaway denomination will officially exist as of Sunday. Its leaders have been exasperated by liberal churches' defiance of UMC bans on same-sex marriage and the ordination of openly gay clergy.

Putin's Anti-LGBTQ+ Stance Binds Some U.S. Evangelicals to Russia Despite Aggression in Ukraine

Putin's Anti-LGBTQ+ Stance Binds Some U.S. Evangelicals to Russia Despite Aggression in Ukraine

Apr 18, 2022

A significant subset of the U.S. evangelical community, particularly white conservatives, has been developing an alliance with Russia for almost 20 years. The war in Ukraine isn't changing that for some.

For Many, Easter Sunday Marks A Return To In-Person Worship

For Many, Easter Sunday Marks A Return To In-Person Worship

By Steve LeBlanc, Giovanna Dell'Orto and Luis Andres Henao | Apr 17, 2022

For many U.S. Christians, this weekend marks the first time since 2019 that they will gather in person on Easter Sunday, a welcome chance to celebrate one of the year's holiest days side by side with fellow congregants.

Christians Mark Palm Sunday with Jerusalem Procession

Christians Mark Palm Sunday with Jerusalem Procession

Apr 10, 2022

Thousands of Christian pilgrims took part in Palm Sunday celebrations in Jerusalem at the start of the Holy Week.

Presbyterian Church (USA) Decision Expands the Meaning and Malleability of Marriage

Presbyterian Church (USA) Decision Expands the Meaning and Malleability of Marriage

Apr 10, 2022

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has just voted through a clear majority of its presbyteries as being between two persons, permitting same-sex weddings clergy of the church to perform such ceremonies.

Mormon Leader Reaffirms Faith's Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

Mormon Leader Reaffirms Faith's Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

By Sam Metz | Apr 4, 2022

A top leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reaffirmed the faith's opposition to same-sex marriage and gender identity issues.

Mormons Lower Temperature on Hot-Button Issues at Conference

Mormons Lower Temperature on Hot-Button Issues at Conference

By Sam Metz | Apr 3, 2022

Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints addressed COVID-19, the church's support of non-discrimination laws, war in Ukraine & legacies of racism at the faith's first in-person conference since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Catholic Cardinal Calls for Reprimand of Cardinal, Bishop for Comments on LGBTQ+ Doctrine

Catholic Cardinal Calls for Reprimand of Cardinal, Bishop for Comments on LGBTQ+ Doctrine

Mar 17, 2022

Cardinal George Pell has called for the Vatican's doctrine office reprimand two leading European Catholic churchmen who called for changes in Catholic teaching on sexuality and homosexuality.

Watch: Veteran Professor Fired from Christian University after Gay Man of Faith Addresses Students

Watch: Veteran Professor Fired from Christian University after Gay Man of Faith Addresses Students

By Kilian Melloy | Mar 16, 2022

Universities supposedly muzzling free speech is a perennial right-wing complaint — but all it took was an out Christian speaker addressing a class to prompt a tenured professor's firing at a Christian university.

Biblical Law out of Context as Russian Orthodox Head Blames Pride Parades for Ukraine Invasion

Biblical Law out of Context as Russian Orthodox Head Blames Pride Parades for Ukraine Invasion

By Samuel L. Boyd, University of Colorado | Mar 13, 2022

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church said Ukrainian acceptance of gay rights was a reason for Russia's invasion; few readers of the Bible realize the laws in biblical times worked differently than today.

Russian Orthodox Church Leader: Blame Pride Parades for Invasion of Ukraine

Russian Orthodox Church Leader: Blame Pride Parades for Invasion of Ukraine

By Kilian Melloy | Mar 8, 2022

The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church seems to think Pride parades are the reason Russia has invaded Ukraine.

Methodist Conservatives to Launch Breakaway Group in May

Methodist Conservatives to Launch Breakaway Group in May

By Peter Smith | Mar 4, 2022

A group of theologically conservative United Methodists plans to launch a new worldwide denomination on May 1, impatient to get started after yet another pandemic-related delay to a formalized divorce agreement with their denomination.

Black Gay Priest in NYC Challenges Catholicism from Within

Black Gay Priest in NYC Challenges Catholicism from Within

By Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu | Feb 13, 2022

Parishioners worshipping at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Harlem are greeted by a framed portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. -- a Baptist minister named after a rebellious 16th century German priest excommunicated from the Catholic Church.

Spanish Ombudsman Set to Probe Church Sex Abuse

Spanish Ombudsman Set to Probe Church Sex Abuse

By Joseph Wilson | Feb 6, 2022

Spain's prime minister wants to task the nation's ombudsman with the country's first official investigation into the depth of sexual abuse committed by Roman Catholic clergy.

U.S. Jews Talk Identity, Holocaust after Goldberg's Remarks

U.S. Jews Talk Identity, Holocaust after Goldberg's Remarks

By Luis Andres Henao, Peter Smith, and David Crary | Feb 6, 2022

The uproar over Whoopi Goldberg's remarks about the Holocaust has catalyzed somber reflections by many American Jews about not only the legacy of the Holocaust but anti-Jewish discrimination in the U.S.

Vatican, Italy Bishop Slam "Profane" Sanremo Performance

Vatican, Italy Bishop Slam "Profane" Sanremo Performance

By Nicole Winfield | Feb 2, 2022

The Vatican and an Italian Catholic bishop on Wednesday protested a performance at Italy's Sanremo music festival that featured a "profane" faux baptism on stage, lamenting in particular that it was broadcast on public television.

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