German investigation accuses Pope Benedict XVI of ‘wrongdoing’ in handling of abuse cases while archbishop of Munich
Then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger during his tenure in Munich from 1977 to 1982, in one case knowingly accepted a priest into his archdiocese after the cleric had been convicted of sexual abuse.
Synagogue hostage standoff reveals interfaith progress — as well as entrenched hate
Congregation Beth Israel's rabbi was active in interfaith efforts. During the crisis, a room full of Muslim, Jewish and Christian clergy close to him prayed, talked and waited. Now they worry about what's ahead.
An Australian state banned singing and dancing during covid. Then the Hillsong megachurch held a ‘youth camp.’
New South Wales state prohibited singing and dancing at music festivals and nightclubs amid a major surge in coronavirus infections, but religious events are exempt from the order.
American secularism is growing — and growing more complicated
A new era of research defines 1 in 4 Americans as secular and predicts that secularism's impact, including on politics, will be big.
A cryptic email, then a confession: How a Muslim group uncovered moles
For many U.S. Muslims, the new scandal was a reminder of the post-9/11 microscope under which they live.
Pope Francis writes to controversial nun, thanking her for 50 years of LGBTQ ministry
More than two decades ago, Jeannine Gramick was investigated and censured by the Vatican for her work.
Christian nationalism has deep roots in America, faith leaders say
For many non-Christian Americans, Christian nationalism is an unavoidable fact of life.
Longtime U.S. House chaplain on Jan. 6, the dangers of ‘apocalyptic thinking’ and why there’s room to be pro-choice in Catholicism
Conroy was U.S. House chaplain for 10 years before the insurrection. He says the rise of apocalyptic thought is deliberate, a way of drumming up fear that can be used by politicians and businesses.
Coaches forced a teen to eat pizza against his religion, he says. Now he’s suing.
An Ohio high school football player was forced to eat pepperoni pizza because he missed a training session, he says. He and his family are suing because they say the punishment violated his religious beliefs.
Cardinal Wilton Gregory, head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, tests positive for coronavirus
As virus slams D.C., Cardinal Wilton Gregory, head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, said he tested positive for the illness.
United Methodists join Boy Scouts settlement
The settlement calls for the United Methodist Church to raise and contribute $30 million over a three-year period to a fund that would be used to compensate abuse survivors.
New York pastor and immigration advocate asks court to sanction federal officials
The request stems from a lawsuit the pastor filed against U.S. border officials after she was detained and questioned while she participated in a 2019 “sanctuary caravan” to Tijuana, Mexico.
The wealthy LDS Church offered a man $40 for food, he says. So he wrote a Mormon musical.
“The Good Shepherds” satirizes the LDS Church’s roughly $100-billion financial portfolio and accusations that it is stingy in providing humanitarian aid.
A billionaire and the tech industry are trying to shape LGBTQ rights in deeply Mormon Utah
Billionaire Jeff T. Green is planning to resign from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and give to an LGBTQ rights group.
The first Christmas as a layperson: Burned out by the pandemic, many clergy quit in the past year
Between fights about masks to how far religious leaders can go in expressing political views, pastoral burnout has been high.
Cancel the pageant? The children’s service? Churches face painful Christmas questions amid new surge.
What should be cancelled and what should continue, and how, were the quandaries facing church staff at congregations huge and tiny all over the country this week.
U.S. missionaries kidnapped by Haitian gang escaped captivity, Christian aid group says
The general director of Christian Aid Ministries said people donated money to pay ransom, but he declined to say whether the organization ultimately paid the captors.
Montgomery County police investigate antisemitic fliers
Residents saw a slow-driving car dropping weighted bags with fliers pointing to a Holocaust-denial website.