Ruling lets religious groups not cover contraceptives

(Reuters, NOV 27 / Reuters)

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this year on the issue related to new health-care law.

    Sally Quinn

    D.C. could use a dose of Buddhist mindfulness

    Tara Brach’s message may be especially apt in Washington, where self-involvement seems to thrive.

    Sally Quinn

    Life’s inevitable sorrow yields to love

    Sally Quinn: My life has been full of happiness and full of sorrow. But it has always been full of love.

    Sally Quinn

    A season of gratitude, no matter what you believe

    Jew or Christian. All that matters is the sense of community that Easter and Passover rituals inspire.

    Sally Quinn

    A conversation with Bill O’Reilly

    Fox News star Bill O’Reilly declares his faith and talks about the part it plays in his life.

    Galen Guengerich and Sally Quinn

    Essay: ‘Selfie’ culture promotes a degraded worldview

    The problem with selfie culture isn’t only what we look at; it’s also how we love and how we live.

    Latest Religion News

    EPA administrator at Vatican ahead of encyclical.

    EPA administrator at Vatican ahead of encyclical.

    The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met Friday with Vatican officials who helped draft Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on ecology, evidence that the Obama administration is seeking to hitch its climate-change message onto that of the popular pope.

    Freedom of the press trumps respect for religion in a new survey

    Most Americans who know about the deadly attack on the Paris headquarters of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine say it’s OK that the weekly featured cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

    Synagogue: 'Peeping Tom' rabbi refuses to leave synagogue residence

    The Georgetown rabbi charged with videotaping naked women as they used his synagogue’s ritual bath is refusing to leave the rabbi’s residence, according to an email sent from the synagogue to congregants Thursday (Jan. 29).

    Religious and secular advocates urge IRS to clarify rules on political endorsements from the pulpit

    Religious and secular advocacy groups jointly called Thursday (Jan. 29) for greater clarity by the Internal Revenue Service regarding nonprofits and political activity.

    'Sniper' studio condemns anti-Muslim rhetoric

    As American Sniper continues raking in money at the box office, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee remains worried about “serious threats” being made to Arabs and Muslims.

    In France, comedian's trial suggests mocking religion has its limits

    Less than a month after the attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo sparked massive free speech demonstrations across the country, authorities here moved swiftly to show that even in France, mocking religion has its limits.

    Avi Weiss, the rabble-rouser rabbi, takes stock after an activist career

    As other Jewish leaders worked diplomatic channels and wrote letters to the editor protesting the establishment of a convent at the Auschwitz concentration camp, Rabbi Avi Weiss donned the striped uniform its inmates had worn during the Holocaust.

    Science vs. religion? There's actually more of a three-way split

    Meet the “Post-Seculars” — the one in five Americans who seem to have gone unnoticed before in endless rounds of debates pitting science vs. religion.

    Top Catholics and evangelicals: Gay marriage worse than divorce or cohabitation

    A high-profile alliance of conservative Catholics and evangelical Protestants is set to issue a sweeping manifesto against gay marriage that calls same-sex unions “a graver threat” than divorce or cohabitation, one that will lead to a moral dystopia in America and the persecution of traditional believers.

    Ugandan bishop willing to defend notorious Lord's Resistance Army commander in war crimes court

    In its heyday, the Ugandan rebel force known as the Lord’s Resistance Army was accused of killing more than 100,000 people, abducting 60,000 to 100,000 children and displacing more than 2.5 million civilians.

    Priced out of New York, American Bible Society decamps to Philadelphia

    After almost two centuries in New York City, the nonprofit American Bible Society is moving its headquarters to Philadelphia.

    Religion news in brief

    Religion news in brief

    Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

    Parents who do not vaccinate their children should go to jail (COMMENTARY)

    The entirely preventable California measles outbreak has now sickened more than 70 people. With perhaps hundreds more exposed, the outbreak will likely continue.

    Pope warns of 'absentee fathers' in new chapter on family

    Pope Francis is urging fathers to be more involved in the lives of their children, warning that many problems adolescents run into can be traced to “absentee fathers” who are physically at home but don’t take time to actually be with their kids.

    Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

    Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

    The Mormon church announced a campaign Tuesday for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while somehow also protecting people who assert their religious beliefs.

    2 ask pope to investigate their diocese sex abuse complaints

    2 ask pope to investigate their diocese sex abuse complaints

    A woman who says she was groped by a teacher when she was a Catholic school cheerleader and a man who says a priest abused him beginning when he was 10 are asking Pope Francis to investigate the way a diocese handled their sexual-abuse complaints.

    Vandalism: No solo tourists in New Orleans' oldest cemetery

    Vandalism: No solo tourists in New Orleans' oldest cemetery

    A historic cemetery that may have begun the New Orleans tradition of above-ground crypts will soon be off-limits to tourists wandering about on their own because of tomb vandalism, the Catholic archdiocese that owns the property announced.

    Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

    Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

    Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a “balanced approach” in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom.

    In Washington state, a Tibetan Buddhist nun blazes a trail for other women to follow

    At a conference for Western Buddhist teachers some years ago, the Venerable Thubten Chodron and other monastics complained to the Dalai Lama about the difficulties they faced: lack of finances, education, a place to live.

    In major move, Mormon apostles call for statewide LGBT protections

    Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Tuesday (Jan. 27) for passage of laws granting statewide protections against housing and employment discrimination for gay and lesbian Utahns — as long as those measures safeguard religious freedom.

    Religion

    Kay Warren on God: ‘There are times that I feel it’s all a big cosmic joke’

    Kay Warren on God: ‘There are times that I feel it’s all a big cosmic joke’

    The Post’s Sally Quinn talks with Saddleback Church co-founder Kay Warren on doubting God’s existence, the HIV/Aids epidemic and why God allows suffering. (Archives)
    Author Colm Toibin talks about his book ‘The Testament of Mary’

    Author Colm Toibin talks about his book ‘The Testament of Mary’

    Author Colm Toibin sat down with The Washington Post’s Sally Quinn to discuss his approach to writing “The Testament of Mary” and his relationship with the Catholic church.
    Conn. Rabbi talks about comforting Sandy Hook victim’s mom

    Conn. Rabbi talks about comforting Sandy Hook victim’s mom

    Rabbi Shaul Praver of the Adath Israel congregation in Newtown, Conn., discusses comforting the mom of Sandy Hook shooting victim Noah Posner on Saturday.
    Pope Benedict sends first tweet

    Pope Benedict sends first tweet

    VIDEO | Pope Benedict sent his first tweet using his handle @pontifex. The Pope writes: "Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart."
    Rev. Franklin Graham: America has rejected God

    Rev. Franklin Graham: America has rejected God

    Rev. Franklin Graham: America has rejected God
    Rev. Franklin Graham on his holiday outreach program

    Rev. Franklin Graham on his holiday outreach program

    Rev. Franklin Graham sits down with the The Post’s Sally Quinn to talk about his holiday outreach program, Operation Christmas Child.
    Eckhart Tolle on losing trust in God, being in the now

    Eckhart Tolle on losing trust in God, being in the now

    Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle spoke with The Washington Post’s Sally Quinn about his Roman Catholic upbringing, losing trust in God and the core of his teachings: being in the now.
    Bishop Stallings on controversial ministry

    Bishop Stallings on controversial ministry

    Bishop George Stallings, founder of the Imani Temple African Catholic Congregation talks about his controversial ministry and allegations that he abused altar boys while a priest in the Roman Catholic Church.
    Polls: Romney up, God down

    Polls: Romney up, God down

    New polls show Mitt Romney catching up to Obama. Meanwhile, God seems to be losing ground: a new poll shows that one in five Americans now self-identify as secular. We speak to religion reporter Michelle Boorstein and Jesse Galef of the Secular Student Alliance.
    Bishop Vashti McKenzie speaks at DNC

    Bishop Vashti McKenzie speaks at DNC

    Bishop Vashti McKenzie, co-chair of the DNC Credentials Committee and the first woman elected as bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, called the Democratic Party the “most forward-looking” party.
    Mitt Romney’s RNC speech highlights

    Mitt Romney’s RNC speech highlights

    Mitt Romney accepts the official GOP nominee and speaks to the Republican National Convention on its final night.
    Joel Osteen on his connection with fans

    Joel Osteen on his connection with fans

    Evangelist Joel Osteen discusses his connection with fans and how he got his start. Osteen will speak at Nationals Park on Saturday, April 28.