RELIGION

SBC president says disgraced predecessor is unfit to return to ministry

“I would permanently ‘defrock’ Johnny Hunt if I had the authority to do so,” Southern Baptist Convention President Bart Barber wrote in a statement.

By Bob SmietanaDecember 1, 2022

Disgraced cardinal secretly recorded Pope Francis, Vatican alleges

The chief Vatican prosecutor called the recording “disturbing” evidence that Cardinal Angelo Becciu was attempting to coerce the pope to say something that could have redeemed him at his trial.

By Claire GiangravéNovember 30, 2022

Pastors say Johnny Hunt, former SBC president accused of abuse, can return to ministry

Once a beloved SBC pastor and president, Hunt will return to ministry just over seven months after the allegations were made public.

By Bob SmietanaNovember 30, 2022

Baltimore archdiocese is funding attorneys seeking to seal abuse proceedings

The Archdiocese of Baltimore confirmed that it is paying legal fees for a group of anonymous litigants seeking to halt public disclosure of a report into clergy sexual abuses.

By Fredrick Kunkle and Michelle BoorsteinNovember 29, 2022

England and Wales no longer majority Christian nations, census reveals

The number of people identifying as Christian has dropped to just 46 percent of the population while those professing no religion has risen to 37 percent.

By William BoothNovember 29, 2022

Lawyers seek secrecy around release of Md. report on Catholic church sexual abuse

Lawyers for people named in a recent Maryland attorney general investigation's into child sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Baltimore have asked a judge to seal all court proceedings about releasing the report.

By Erin Cox and Michelle BoorsteinNovember 22, 2022

German bishops leave Vatican at a stalemate over homosexuality, women

The German church — where priests and bishops have been blessing same-sex unions — does not seek a “schism,” the head of its bishops’ conference said.

By Claire GiangravéNovember 22, 2022

How the Latter-day Saints came to back Senate’s same-sex marriage bill

The LDS’ backing of the bill had its roots in a previous unsuccessful push for a same-sex marriage ban in Utah, after which church leaders switched to a strategy of compromise on LGBTQ rights, at least in the public square.

By Bob SmietanaNovember 22, 2022

Baltimore Archdiocese might contest Md. clergy sexual abuse report

In a filing that contained contradictory statements, the Archdiocese appeared to criticize the Md. attorney general's findings.

By Michelle BoorsteinNovember 18, 2022

Probe of Baltimore Archdiocese finds over 600 clergy sexual abuse victims

The Maryland Attorney General says Archdiocese of Baltimore leaders failed to report many allegations or remove abusers. One parish had 11 abusers in 40 years.

By Michelle Boorstein and Erin CoxNovember 18, 2022

Will Trump’s former faith advisers back his 2024 candidacy?

Some have said they would support him. Others have stayed silent or hinted they may back alternatives such as former vice president Mike Pence or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

By Jack JenkinsNovember 18, 2022

Mormon Church voices support for U.S. same-sex marriage bill

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it backed the Respect for Marriage Act, which faces a procedural Senate vote, but its doctrine hasn't changed.

By Bryan PietschNovember 16, 2022

Muslim Americans make historic gains in midterm elections

More than 80 Muslim candidates won local, state, federal and judicial seats in over 20 states.

By Alejandra Molina November 14, 2022

Ex-Vatican auditor sues, threatens to expose financial mismanagement

Libero Milone, who was fired in 2017, says he is ready to share proof of financial mismanagement at Vatican-owned hospitals and in the church bureaucracy.

By Claire GiangravéNovember 10, 2022

Arrest made in N.J. synagogue threat as FBI director decries antisemitism

Omar Alkattoul, 18, allegedly used social media to send a manifesto that contained threats to attack a synagogue and Jewish people in New Jersey.

By Perry SteinNovember 10, 2022

Appeals to Christian nationalism will continue despite election losses, experts say

Appeals to Christian nationalism will continue despite election losses, experts say

By Jack JenkinsNovember 9, 2022

U.S. tensions are high. Chaplains at the polls tried to keep peace.

As tensions mounted on Election Day -- often over who would be allowed to monitor the polls or monitor the monitors -- hundreds members of the faith community stepped in to keep the peace. In key battleground states, poll chaplains representing all faiths stood by to ease tensions and ensure open access to all voters

By Fredrick KunkleNovember 9, 2022

Barring head coverings in prison violates federal law, appeals court rules

The Virginia prison system changed its policies after an inmate sued, but he wants a ruling barring any future restrictions.

By Rachel WeinerNovember 8, 2022

8 former French bishops accused of sexual abuse, church says

Among those under investigation was Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, who admitted to abusing a 14-year-old girl when he was a priest 35 years ago.

By Rick NoackNovember 7, 2022

In existential midterm races, Christian prophets become GOP surrogates

Figures like corporate-marketer-turned-prophet Lance Wallnau have been appearing with candidates all over the country this year, preaching spiritual warfare.

By Michelle BoorsteinNovember 5, 2022