Diverging values lead to Mormon retreat from Boy Scouts

SALT LAKE CITY – For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America and the Mormon church formed an ideal pair as they helped each other expand their organizations and build their brands while...

DATE: May 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

After biggest gaffe, pope demands accountability for sex abuse

VATICAN CITY – Four months ago, Pope Francis dug himself into the biggest hole of his papacy by strongly defending a Chilean bishop accused by sex abuse victims of witnessing and ignoring their...

DATE: May 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

More Chilean sex abuse victims speak up during pope summit

VATICAN CITY – Another group of Chilean church sex abuse victims is making its voice heard as the country’s Catholic leadership meets with Pope Francis, demanding that the Vatican recognize crimes,...

DATE: May 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Young Mormons drive faith’s gradual acceptance of gay marriage

SALT LAKE CITY – Mormon Alex Landers supports the legalization of gay marriage, despite her religion’s opposition, for a simple reason: She has LGBTQ friends who she loves and respects, including...

DATE: May 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Birthright Israel marks 18 years of trips for young Jews

Taking a trip with an organization called Birthright Israel has almost become a rite of passage for some young Americans with Jewish heritage. More than 600,000 young people have taken free...

DATE: May 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Swiss Guards: World’s oldest standing army gets new headgear

VATICAN CITY – The world’s oldest standing army is getting some new headgear. The Swiss Guards plan to replace their metal helmets with plastic PVC ones made with a 3-D printer, giving the pope’s...

DATE: May 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

How does Congress have chaplains without violating the separation of church and state?

We are scholars of religion and American politics who, with Brandeis Ph.D. candidate Margaret Clendenen Minkin, have written about the history and work of congressional chaplains. The present...

DATE: May 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

House chaplain wins job back after scalding letter to Ryan

WASHINGTON – The embattled chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives has won his job back just hours after sending a scalding letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan that accused a top Ryan staff...

DATE: May 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Pope to Chile abuse victims: ‘I was part of the problem’

ROME – The three whistleblowers in Chile’s sex abuse scandal urged Pope Francis on Wednesday to transform his apology for having discredited them into concrete action to end what they called the...

DATE: May 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Vatican to discuss if non-Catholics can take Holy Communion

VATICAN CITY – Officials from the Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog and leading German churchmen will meet this week to discuss if non-Catholic spouses can receive Holy Communion, the Holy See said...

DATE: May 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Nevada spiritual leader to give first Hindu prayer in Oklahoma Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY – A spiritual leader from Nevada will deliver the Oklahoma Senate’s first Hindu prayer, part of an interfaith movement in a Legislature in the Bible Belt that has faced criticism its...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for our nation. This year, the Durango prayer event will be held at noon...

DATE: April 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion