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Episcopalians battle behind walls of NYC seminary

Episcopalians battle behind walls of NYC seminary

The lid has been lifted on a fierce internal battle at the nation’s oldest Episcopal seminary, which has lost most of its faculty over what they say is their dean’s intimidating, disrespectful leadership.

Jail time for polygamous sect member in abuse case

A member of Warren Jeffs’ polygamous sect who oversaw an Idaho home where nine boys were sent on “repentance missions” by their parents has been given jail time on child abuse charges that included locking one teen in a furnace room for two days.

Can kids with Down syndrome have friends? (COMMENTARY)

Nearly nine years ago, I lay in a hospital bed with a sleeping baby in my arms, engulfed by fear. Mine wasn’t the typical anxiety of new mothers. We had just received a diagnosis of Down syndrome for our daughter Penny, and for a while I felt as though I had been swept out into an ocean. I looked around and all I could see was a vast expanse of open water, with no landmarks and no familiar ground upon which to stand.

Muslim inmate takes his case for a beard to the Supreme Court

It’s not every day that a coalition of legal minds is rooting for a violent inmate convicted of stabbing his girlfriend in the neck.

Petition: Create a seating section for ultra-Orthodox Jewish men on El Al flights

A Chicago woman has launched an online petition asking El Al Airlines to allot a section of its planes to ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who do not want to sit next to women.

Pope urges Europe to open doors to refugees

Pope urges Europe to open doors to refugees

Pope Francis urged Europe to open its doors to refugees Wednesday as he marked the anniversary of a deadly migrant shipwreck off Sicily by meeting with survivors and relatives of the victims.

Religion news in brief

Religion news in brief

Pope hails Benedict, other elderly at Vatican fest

Image of Asia: Celebrating Durga Puja

In this photo by A.M. Ahad, a devotee plays the flute near the idol of Hindu goddess Durga during the first day of Durga Puja celebrations in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and Hindus celebrate by singing and dancing and visiting temples. They also may eat special foods or fast during the festival. Nearly 10 percent of Bangladesh’s population is Hindu, which is the world’s third-largest religion.

Company seeks $250M from Los Angeles archdiocese

A funeral home company has sued the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for at least $250 million, alleging it was cheated out of a lease deal involving six Roman Catholic cemeteries.

2 sue Jehovah's Witnesses congregation, say abused

Two adult sisters filed suit Tuesday against a Jehovah’s Witness congregation in Vermont, saying they were molested by a minister when they were minor children and the church did nothing to protect them.

Tensions at Episcopal Church's oldest seminary reflect larger crisis in future of theology schools

Nearly the entire full-time faculty at the Episcopal Church’s oldest seminary is battling with the school’s leadership, although neither side agrees whether the professors quit, were fired or staged a walkout.

US Cardinal Raymond Burke mounts defense on Catholic teaching on divorce

Public disagreements over whether the Roman Catholic Church can change its teachings on Communion for remarried Catholics are growing sharper on the eve of a major Vatican summit, with conservatives led by U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke making another push against loosening the rules.

Why multigenerational house sharing may be the wave of the future (COMMENTARY)

For one year, my wife and I are living 2,700 miles apart.

In Israel, biblical land-use laws call for creative workarounds

On Friday (Oct. 3), when Israeli Jews sit down for their pre-Yom Kippur meal, prior to the Day of Atonement fast, many will be discussing where to buy their produce during this agricultural sabbatical year.

Museum of the Bible aims for timeless name, imagery

Museum of the Bible.

Religious leaders try to cope with Islamic State attacks

Religious leaders agree the Islamic State — also known as ISIL or ISIS — must be stopped. Their struggle is how best to do it.

KC Bishop Finn under Vatican investigation

The Vatican is investigating Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri, two years after he was convicted of failing to report suspected abuse.

Why Chris Christie and Jeb Bush were snubbed by social conservative leaders

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush were not invited to a major gathering of social conservatives in Washington last weekend in what was viewed as a serious snub of two men considered prominent Republican presidential contenders for 2016.

Catholic bishop in England resigns over affair with woman, calls decision 'liberating'

A 63-year-old Roman Catholic bishop who had an affair six years ago with a woman said he feels calm, liberated and relieved after submitting his resignation to Pope Francis.

Mormon feminists seeking change find it in subtle wording

Mormon feminists may have been surprised by some subtle changes in vocabulary and approach Saturday (Sept. 27) at the church’s general women’s meeting.