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U.S. Election Spotlight Mostly Bypasses Mainline Protestants

U.S. Election Spotlight Mostly Bypasses Mainline Protestants

By David Crary | Sep 13, 2020

Rarely garnering national attention are the mainline Protestant denominations that dominated America's political and civic leadership for much of its history, beginning in colonial times.

Indiana Court Denies Challenge to Religious Objection Limits

Indiana Court Denies Challenge to Religious Objection Limits

By Tom Davies | Sep 11, 2020

An Indiana court rejected an appeal Thursday from conservative religious groups that have unsuccessfully challenged limits on the state's religious objections law that were adopted under then-Gov. Mike Pence.

Ukrainian Cleric Who Called COVID 'Punishment' for Gay Marriage is Now Hospitalized

Ukrainian Cleric Who Called COVID 'Punishment' for Gay Marriage is Now Hospitalized

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 8, 2020

A prominent Ukrainian cleric has been hospitalized with COVID-19 after declaring the pandemic "God's punishment" for same-sex marriage.

Pope: Gossiping Is 'Plague Worse than COVID'

Pope: Gossiping Is 'Plague Worse than COVID'

Sep 6, 2020

Pope Francis said Sunday that gossiping is a "plague worse than COVID" that is seeking to divide the Catholic Church.

Georgia Church Splits from Methodists Over LGBT Dispute

Georgia Church Splits from Methodists Over LGBT Dispute

Sep 4, 2020

A Georgia congregation said Thursday that it has finalized its split from the United Methodist Church after the denomination's divisive vote last year to strengthen bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBTQ pastors.

Anti-LGBTQ Christian Group's Headquarters Declared COVID 'Hotspot'

Anti-LGBTQ Christian Group's Headquarters Declared COVID 'Hotspot'

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Sep 1, 2020

The headquarters of Focus on the Family has been declared a hotspot for COVID-19.

Jerry Falwell Jr. Admits Wife Had Affair with Poolboy, But Did He Watch?

Jerry Falwell Jr. Admits Wife Had Affair with Poolboy, But Did He Watch?

Aug 24, 2020

It's a scenario you might find on PornHub: hubby sits in the corner while his wife has sex with their poolboy. For disgraced evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. it is the story circulating today on the internet.

Democrats Tap Array of Faith Leaders to Speak at Convention

Democrats Tap Array of Faith Leaders to Speak at Convention

By Elana Schor | Aug 17, 2020

The Episcopal bishop who criticized President Donald Trump for a photo op at a historic church in her diocese is among the diverse group of faith leaders selected to speak at the Democratic nominating convention.

Catholic Archdiocese Kicks Out LGBTQ Groups, Refers Them to 'Celibacy' Programs

Catholic Archdiocese Kicks Out LGBTQ Groups, Refers Them to 'Celibacy' Programs

By Kilian Melloy | Aug 14, 2020

The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit abruptly barred two organizations for LGBTQ parishioners and their allies, advising that members join groups promoting celibacy for non-heterosexuals.

Mormon Psychologist Apologizes for History of Anti-LGBTQ Views

Mormon Psychologist Apologizes for History of Anti-LGBTQ Views

By Kevin Schattenkirk | Aug 11, 2020

Dr. Allen Bergin, a psychologist and influential member of the Mormon Church has issued an apology for past anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and beliefs. He has two gay sons and a gay grandson.

Bosnian Islamic Cleric Thanks COVID for Cancelling Pride Event

Bosnian Islamic Cleric Thanks COVID for Cancelling Pride Event

Aug 11, 2020

A Muslim cleric in Bosnia-Herzogovina took to Facebook to express gratitude that the global COVID-19 pandemic has meant the cancellation of what would have been only the second Pride parade in Sarajevo.

Liberty University Names Acting Leader with Falwell on Leave

Liberty University Names Acting Leader with Falwell on Leave

Aug 11, 2020

Liberty University in Virginia announced Monday that its board had chosen an interim president to lead the school days after Jerry Falwell Jr. began an indefinite leave of absence after one of his posts on social media created an uproar.

Liberty U's Falwell Takes Leave After Social Media Uproar

Liberty U's Falwell Takes Leave After Social Media Uproar

By Sarah Rankin | Aug 7, 2020

Jerry Falwell Jr. took an indefinite leave of absence Friday as the leader of Liberty University, one of the nation's top evangelical Christian colleges, days after apologizing for a social media post that caused an uproar.

Playing Electoral Defense, Trump Claims Biden Opposes God

Playing Electoral Defense, Trump Claims Biden Opposes God

By Jonathan Lemire | Aug 6, 2020

President Donald Trump billed his trip to Ohio Thursday as a chance to promote economic recovery, but he quickly pivoted to a deeply personal attack on Joe Biden, even questioning without foundation the former vice president's faith in God.

Report: Retired Pope Benedict XVI Ill After Visit to Germany

Report: Retired Pope Benedict XVI Ill After Visit to Germany

Aug 3, 2020

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has fallen ill after his return from a trip to his native Bavaria to visit his brother, who died a month ago, a German newspaper reported Monday.

Christian Group Removes Instagram Vid Calling LGBTQs 'Satanic'

Christian Group Removes Instagram Vid Calling LGBTQs 'Satanic'

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 27, 2020

Facing criticism, a Christian group in Singapore quickly pulled an Instagram video calling LGBTQ people tools of the Devil in Satan's plan to "insult God."

Female Priests Now Outnumber Male Ones in Church of Sweden

Female Priests Now Outnumber Male Ones in Church of Sweden

By David Keyton | Jul 25, 2020

The Church of Sweden has more female than male priests for the first time, according to numbers released this month, a sign of huge strides for gender equality since women were first allowed to be ordained in 1960.

Watch: Fla. School Superintendent Claims Being Gay a 'Choice,' Cites God

Watch: Fla. School Superintendent Claims Being Gay a 'Choice,' Cites God

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 16, 2020

The superintendent of a Florida school system doubled down on his statement that being gay is a matter of personal choice - and seemingly suggested that human sexuality is not innate because of God.

Churches Amid the Pandemic: Some Outbreaks, Many Challenges

Churches Amid the Pandemic: Some Outbreaks, Many Challenges

By David Crary | Jul 12, 2020

From the earliest phases of the pandemic, and continuing to this day, some worship services and other religious activities have been identified as sources of local outbreaks.

Fire Destroys Much of 249-Year-Old Church in California

Fire Destroys Much of 249-Year-Old Church in California

By Marcio Sanchez and Daisy Nguyen | Jul 12, 2020

A fire early Saturday destroyed the rooftop and most of the interior of a Catholic church in California that was undergoing renovation to mark its upcoming 250th anniversary celebration.

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