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Cardinal McCarrick scandal inflames debate over gay priests

Aug. 20, 2018 7:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Allegations that disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick engaged in sex with adult seminarians have inflamed a long-running debate about the presence of gay men in the Roman Catholic priesthood. Some conservatives are calling for a purge of all gay priests, a challenging task given that...

IS deadly new front in Pakistan's decades-old terror war

Aug. 17, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

DHABEJI, Pakistan (AP) — Hafeez Nawaz was 20 years old when he left his religious school in Karachi to join the Islamic State group in Afghanistan. Three years later he was back in Pakistan to carry out a deadly mission: With explosives strapped to his body, he blew himself up in the middle of an election...

Evangelicals confront sex abuse problems in #MeToo era

Aug. 17, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

As the Roman Catholic church struggles with a new wave of clergy abuse cases, several prominent evangelical institutions have been rocked in recent weeks by their own sexual misconduct allegations against pastors and church leaders who exploited the trust they had gained from faithful churchgoers. In many ways,...

NYC: Orthodox Jewish school leaders promising improvements

Aug. 16, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City education officials saw encouraging signs at 15 ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools that were subjects of a 2015 complaint, but they were not allowed access to another 15 schools, according to a letter from city Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza to the New York state Education...

Religion must obey Chinese law, paper says of mosque protest

Aug. 11, 2018 6:28 AM EDT

WEIZHOU, China (AP) — A newspaper of the ruling Communist Party said Saturday that no religion is above the law in China, urging officials to stay firm while dealing with a rare protest over the planned demolition of a massive mosque in the northwest. The Global Times said that local officials in the town...

Thousands in China mosque standoff over demolition plan

Aug. 10, 2018 7:13 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Thousands of Muslims gathered at a mosque in northwestern China on Friday to protest its planned demolition in a rare, public pushback to the government's efforts to rewrite how religions are practiced in the country. A large crowd of Hui people, a Muslim ethnic minority, began congregating...

Study: US religious orders overwhelmingly back women deacons

Aug. 2, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A new survey has found that the majority of U.S. Catholic religious orders believe women should be allowed to serve as ordained deacons, lending support to an issue currently under study at the Vatican amid pressure for women to be given greater roles in the church. Seventy-seven...

Recruiter focuses on diversity for Yale Divinity School

Jul. 23, 2018 1:30 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Rev. Herron Gaston calls himself a people person, the perfect qualification for his job of recruiting an increasingly diverse student body to Yale Divinity School, including clergy from the New Haven area. At the same time, he is well known in Bridgeport as senior pastor of...

Revelations of US cardinal sex abuse will force pope's hand

Jul. 21, 2018 10:59 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Revelations that one of the most respected U.S. cardinals allegedly sexually abused both boys and adult seminarians have raised questions about who in the Catholic Church hierarchy knew — and what Pope Francis is going to do about it. If the accusations against Cardinal Theodore...

Indiana woman donates kidney to child she just met

Jul. 11, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

CONNERSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana woman made a life-saving kidney donation to a 9-year-old after the two met at Vacation Bible School just months earlier. Kari Woods was volunteering at the religious education youth program last summer when the Connersville woman learned Abby Steinard was...