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The NFL and the church share the same culture of silence on abuse (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Too often, it can be easy to assume that some issues are less prevalent in the church. We forget that, as a collective of individuals shaped by the culture at large, sin is indiscriminate in whom it touches. Many church leaders do not realize that all evils are present…
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Will the Catholic Church change its stand on marriage and divorce?

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis made headlines this week when he officiated at the weddings of 20 couples, including  some who had been living together and a woman who has a daughter from a previous relationship. It was the first time that the Argentine pontiff had preside…
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Book on pastoral succession: ‘All pastors are interim pastors’

(RNS) When megachurch pastor Max Lucado greeted his successor at his San Antonio church, the two stood onstage and tried to put on each other’s shoes. They couldn’t. The problem? Randy Frazee, Lucado’s successor, was six inches shorter. The point, say co-authors William…
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In McAllen, Texas, faith groups responded, while Washington dithered (COMMENTARY)

 (RNS) In the face of an imploding immigration system, an exploding political debate and a deadlock on reform in Washington, it was religious leaders who rallied to form a humanitarian response to the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border to the United States t…
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Many church choirs are dying. Here’s why

(RNS) James Merritt spent years as senior pastor of an Atlanta-area megachurch that featured a mighty choir.     Then he changed his tune.     At 50, he left First Baptist Church Snellville to plant a new church _ 200 people in a rented space at a high school 12 miles away…
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