Religion News Service

Coverage of religion, ethics and spirituality from around the globe

Top papal adviser charged with sexual assault in blow to Vatican

SYDNEY (Reuters) Cardinal George Pell faces "multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offenses" from multiple complainants, said police in the Australian state of Victoria, where Pell was a country priest in the 1970s.
Author: Byron Kaye
Posted: June 29, 2017, 1:10 am

How Facebook is like church, according to founder Mark Zuckerberg

CHICAGO (RNS) Zuckerberg made the analogy last week as he announced the social network's new mission at its first Facebook Communities Summit: "Bring the world closer together."
Author: Emily McFarlan Miller
Posted: June 28, 2017, 9:51 pm

Paid parental leave, dress code changes coming for Mormon church employees

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — the largest employer in the Beehive State — is providing short-term disability benefits and has loosened its dress code to include colored shirts for men and dress pants for women.
Author: Yonat Shimron
Posted: June 28, 2017, 8:49 pm

Six issues to watch in the Supreme Court’s Trinity Lutheran case

(RNS) It may take years to fully grasp the import of the Supreme Court’s decision in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer. But these issues will undoubtedly resurface.
Author: Melissa Rogers
Posted: June 28, 2017, 8:38 pm

The ’Splainer: What is the Blaine Amendment and did SCOTUS kill it?

(RNS) Who was Blaine and would he have wanted to prevent a Midwestern day care center from padding the ground below its swingset and slide? Let us ’Splain . . . .
Author: Kimberly Winston
Posted: June 28, 2017, 8:18 pm

Why they should change the names of Hollywood streets

What do we do about places named for Confederate generals? Change the names.
Author: Jeffrey Salkin
Posted: June 28, 2017, 7:06 pm

Pope Francis defrocks Italian priest convicted of child sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Mauro Inzoli was found guilty last year by an Italian court of eight counts of sexual abuse of children aged 12 to 16.
Author: Josephine McKenna
Posted: June 28, 2017, 6:09 pm

Exhibit showcases the earliest stirrings of American religious diversity

WASHINGTON (RNS) On display are a 1654 Torah scroll, a page from the 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon and a text written by a slave who wanted to pass on the essentials of his Muslim heritage.
Author: Adelle M. Banks
Posted: June 28, 2017, 5:45 pm

Pope tells new cardinals: Be humble, help poor, fight injustice

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) Appointing new cardinals is one of the most significant powers of the papacy, allowing a pontiff to put his stamp on the future of the 1.2 billion-member church.
Author: Emily McFarlan Miller
Posted: June 28, 2017, 4:33 pm

Pastors and political choice

Readers who paint with broad brushes, skipping the subtleties, may come away from reading the survey tempted to paraphrase Emmett Grogan’s dictum that “anything anybody can say about America[n religion] is true.” But, if they look closer up, they will find what astute politicians and marketers know: one cannot treat religion as a whole, but only in parts, as the Supreme Court regularly does.
Author: Martin E. Marty
Posted: June 28, 2017, 3:27 pm