Theodore McCarrick will continue to be a Catholic priest

Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington D.C., prays during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2011. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File The Vatican recently “defrocked” Theodore McCarrick, a former cardinal and the retired archbishop of Washington D.C. McCarrick was found guilty of a number of crimes including sexual abuse of minors. “Defrocking,” as the […]

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Why a centuries-old religious dispute over Ukraine’s Orthodox Church matters today

Metropolitan Epiphanius, head of the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine, which is newly independent of the Russian Orthodox Church. AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky A new Orthodox Church was recently established in Ukraine. Shortly after, Bartholomew I, the Patriarch of Constantinople and the spiritual head of global Orthodox Christianity, granted independence to the new Orthodox Church of […]

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The survivors of clergy sexual abuse who finally pushed the Vatican to recognize the problem

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests protest against clergy sex abuse in Los Angeles in 2010. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes The Vatican’s decision to defrock Cardinal Theodore McCarrick comes just days before the world’s leading bishops gather in Rome for a summit on the clergy sexual abuse crisis. The bishops were instructed to meet with […]

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Why the pope’s upcoming summit needs to do a full accounting of the cover-up of sexual abuse

Pope Francis sits during the traditional greetings to the Roman Curia at the Vatican in December 2018. Filippo Monteforte/Pool Photo via AP Pope Francis is gathering 200 bishops and heads of religious orders from around the world for a global summit in Rome to discuss the crisis facing the Catholic Church over sexual abuse scandals. […]

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Bible reading in public schools has been a divisive issue – and this old culture war is starting again

A Bible class at a Georgia high school in 2011. AP Photo/David Goldman Officials in six states, including populous ones such as Virginia and Florida, are considering bills permitting the study of the Bible in classrooms. Proponents of these bills insist that the Bible would be treated as a historical and literary source, not as […]

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