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Watch: Texas Preacher Calls for Pride's Abolition, Death for Gays

Watch: Texas Preacher Calls for Pride's Abolition, Death for Gays

By Kilian Melloy | Jun 5, 2022

Preacher Jonathan Shelley spoke at a city council meeting in Arlington, Texas recently where he called for the abolition of Pride and the killing of LGBTQ+ people.

Pope Francis Fuels New Speculation on Future of Pontificate

Pope Francis Fuels New Speculation on Future of Pontificate

By Nicole Winfield | Jun 5, 2022

Italian and Catholic media have been rife with unsourced speculation that the 85-year-old Francis might be planning to follow in Benedict's footsteps and resign, given his increased mobility problems.

Will Pope Francis Meet with Anti-LGBTQ+ Russian Orthodox Head?

Will Pope Francis Meet with Anti-LGBTQ+ Russian Orthodox Head?

By Nicole Winfield | Jun 2, 2022

The Vatican said Tuesday that Pope Francis will travel to Kazakhstan in September for an interfaith conference, a meeting that may give him a chance to meet with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

San Diego Bishop McElroy Named by Pope Francis as a Cardinal

San Diego Bishop McElroy Named by Pope Francis as a Cardinal

By David Crary | May 30, 2022

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, one of Pope Francis' ideological allies who has often sparred with more conservative U.S. bishops, was named by the pope on Sunday as one of 21 new cardinals.

Christian Nationalism on the Rise in Some GOP Campaigns

Christian Nationalism on the Rise in Some GOP Campaigns

By Peter Smith and Deepa Bharath | May 29, 2022

Christian nationalism conflates American identity with the religious tradition, and overlaps with the conservative Christian political agenda— including opposition to same-sex marriage and transgender rights.

Report: Top Southern Baptists Stonewalled Sex Abuse Victims

Report: Top Southern Baptists Stonewalled Sex Abuse Victims

By Deepa Bharath, Holly Meyer and David Crary | May 23, 2022

A scathing investigative report says top Southern Baptist Convention leaders stonewalled and denigrated survivors of clergy sex abuse over two decades while seeking to protect their own reputations.

Pope Francis: God 'Does Not Disown' LGBTQ+ People

Pope Francis: God 'Does Not Disown' LGBTQ+ People

By Kilian Melloy | May 10, 2022

Pope Francis sounded a note of love and compassion in a letter to Fr. James Martin, a Catholic priest who advocates for ministry to LGBTQ+ people, writing that God "does not disown any of his children."

Mosques for Women, LGTBQ+ People Exist; This Women's Mosque in LA is One

Mosques for Women, LGTBQ+ People Exist; This Women's Mosque in LA is One

May 1, 2022

Not all Muslims belong to a religious community, and sacred dates in the Islamic calendar can prove profoundly isolating — especially be Muslims who are female, nonbinary, queer or converts.

Newsmax Anchor Greg Kelly: Churches' Pride Flags 'Exclusionary,' 'Disrespectful'

Newsmax Anchor Greg Kelly: Churches' Pride Flags 'Exclusionary,' 'Disrespectful'

By Kilian Melloy | May 1, 2022

Pride flags flown from churches: Open and affirming? More like "exclusionary" and "disrespectful," according to Newsmax's Greg Kelly.

Black Catholic Nuns: A Compelling, Long-Overlooked History

Black Catholic Nuns: A Compelling, Long-Overlooked History

By David Crary | May 1, 2022

A comprehensive and compelling history of Black American nuns, "Subversive Habits," will be published May 17.

United Methodist Bishops Acknowledge Breakup is Imminent

United Methodist Bishops Acknowledge Breakup is Imminent

By Holly Meyer and David Crary | May 1, 2022

The breakaway denomination will officially exist as of Sunday. Its leaders have been exasperated by liberal churches' defiance of UMC bans on same-sex marriage and the ordination of openly gay clergy.

Putin's Anti-LGBTQ+ Stance Binds Some U.S. Evangelicals to Russia Despite Aggression in Ukraine

Putin's Anti-LGBTQ+ Stance Binds Some U.S. Evangelicals to Russia Despite Aggression in Ukraine

Apr 18, 2022

A significant subset of the U.S. evangelical community, particularly white conservatives, has been developing an alliance with Russia for almost 20 years. The war in Ukraine isn't changing that for some.

For Many, Easter Sunday Marks A Return To In-Person Worship

For Many, Easter Sunday Marks A Return To In-Person Worship

By Steve LeBlanc, Giovanna Dell'Orto and Luis Andres Henao | Apr 17, 2022

For many U.S. Christians, this weekend marks the first time since 2019 that they will gather in person on Easter Sunday, a welcome chance to celebrate one of the year's holiest days side by side with fellow congregants.

Christians Mark Palm Sunday with Jerusalem Procession

Christians Mark Palm Sunday with Jerusalem Procession

Apr 10, 2022

Thousands of Christian pilgrims took part in Palm Sunday celebrations in Jerusalem at the start of the Holy Week.

Presbyterian Church (USA) Decision Expands the Meaning and Malleability of Marriage

Presbyterian Church (USA) Decision Expands the Meaning and Malleability of Marriage

Apr 10, 2022

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has just voted through a clear majority of its presbyteries as being between two persons, permitting same-sex weddings clergy of the church to perform such ceremonies.

Mormon Leader Reaffirms Faith's Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

Mormon Leader Reaffirms Faith's Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

By Sam Metz | Apr 4, 2022

A top leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reaffirmed the faith's opposition to same-sex marriage and gender identity issues.

Mormons Lower Temperature on Hot-Button Issues at Conference

Mormons Lower Temperature on Hot-Button Issues at Conference

By Sam Metz | Apr 3, 2022

Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints addressed COVID-19, the church's support of non-discrimination laws, war in Ukraine & legacies of racism at the faith's first in-person conference since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Catholic Cardinal Calls for Reprimand of Cardinal, Bishop for Comments on LGBTQ+ Doctrine

Catholic Cardinal Calls for Reprimand of Cardinal, Bishop for Comments on LGBTQ+ Doctrine

Mar 17, 2022

Cardinal George Pell has called for the Vatican's doctrine office reprimand two leading European Catholic churchmen who called for changes in Catholic teaching on sexuality and homosexuality.

Watch: Veteran Professor Fired from Christian University after Gay Man of Faith Addresses Students

Watch: Veteran Professor Fired from Christian University after Gay Man of Faith Addresses Students

By Kilian Melloy | Mar 16, 2022

Universities supposedly muzzling free speech is a perennial right-wing complaint — but all it took was an out Christian speaker addressing a class to prompt a tenured professor's firing at a Christian university.

Biblical Law out of Context as Russian Orthodox Head Blames Pride Parades for Ukraine Invasion

Biblical Law out of Context as Russian Orthodox Head Blames Pride Parades for Ukraine Invasion

By Samuel L. Boyd, University of Colorado | Mar 13, 2022

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church said Ukrainian acceptance of gay rights was a reason for Russia's invasion; few readers of the Bible realize the laws in biblical times worked differently than today.

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