Latest from Michelle Boorstein

Catholic ‘Shark Tank’ hopes to bring start-up culture and innovation to a denomination losing members

A dozen projects -- down from the 600 who applied -- will make their pitches to judges for three prizes of $100,000
  • Sep 17, 2021

Pope says bishops debating Biden Communion should be pastors, not politicians

Francis wades into an issue splitting the U.S. Catholic Church.
  • Sep 15, 2021

Judge dismisses James Huntsman lawsuit against Mormon Church that alleges fraud, misuse of tithes

James Huntsman's suit was supported by a former church finance manager who also says officials disguised the source of money to build mall.
  • Sep 15, 2021

Pandemic has been a spiritual boon for some, and Rosh Hashanah 2021 shows what’s changed

One group focused on lunar cycles saw 30 times as much interest during the pandemic as people opened to new things, including nature-based spiritual practices.
  • Sep 5, 2021

Ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick pleads not guilty to child sex assault; some in crowd outside yell, ‘Shame on you!’

McCarrick, who is charged with sexually assaulting a teenager at a wedding in Wellesley, Mass. in 1974, hadn't been seen in public since 2018.
  • Sep 3, 2021

Does respect for human life mean vaccine mandates? Among religious groups, there is wide disagreement.

At the core of most religious systems is the duty to respect human life, so where do vaccine mandates fit into that?
  • Aug 10, 2021

She believed in conversion therapy. Now she regrets it. Julie Rodgers explains why in ‘Pray Away’

Many ex-gay leaders now bemoan the harm they caused. But there is a new generation of conversion advocates coming up.
  • Aug 6, 2021

Bishops’ debate over Communion sparked by Biden seeps into holiest sacrament for Catholics

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is now drafting a new document on “Eucharistic coherence" that will be presented at the group's meeting in the fall.
  • Jul 30, 2021

A Catholic newsletter promised investigative journalism. Then it outed a priest using Grindr data.

A report that identified a senior official in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as having visited gay nightclubs led to his resignation — and a loud debate on ethics and morals.
  • Jul 24, 2021

Case of high-ranking cleric allegedly tracked on Grindr app poses Rorschach test for Catholics

Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill stepped down from his administrative position at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday amid allegations that he repeatedly used LGBTQ dating app Grindr and frequented gay bars.
  • Jul 21, 2021