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US Cardinal Raymond Burke mounts defense on Catholic teaching on divorce

(RNS) Public disagreements over whether the Roman Catholic Church can change its teachings on Communion for remarried Catholics are growing sharper on the eve of a major Vatican summit, with conservatives led by U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke making another push against loosening the r...
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Tensions at Episcopal Church’s oldest seminary reflect larger crisis in future of theology schools

NEW YORK (RNS) Nearly the entire full-time faculty at the Episcopal Church’s oldest seminary is battling with the school’s leadership, although neither side agrees whether the professors quit, were fired or staged a walkout. Either way, the dispute revives a long-standing debate a...
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Why multigenerational house sharing may be the wave of the future (COMMENTARY)

SAN MATEO, Calif. (RNS) For one year, my wife and I are living 2,700 miles apart. She lives in a one-bedroom apartment here, south of San Francisco. Each weekday she walks two blocks to the home of our middle son and his wife, where she cares for their 9-month-old son. “Granny n...
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In Israel, biblical land-use laws call for creative workarounds

JERUSALEM (RNS) On Friday (Oct. 3), when Israeli Jews sit down for their pre-Yom Kippur meal, prior to the Day of Atonement fast, many will be discussing where to buy their produce during this agricultural sabbatical year. That’s because this Jewish New Year, 5775, is a sabbatical...
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Museum of the Bible aims for timeless name, imagery

WASHINGTON (RNS) Museum of the Bible. That’s it. The name of the museum under construction in Washington, D.C., is official. “We don’t need more to tell people who and what we are,” the museum’s founder and funder, Steve Green, told Religion News Service. But, as always with...
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Religious leaders try to cope with Islamic State attacks

(RNS) Religious leaders agree the Islamic State — also known as ISIL or ISIS — must be stopped. Their struggle is how best to do it. “As mainstream religious leaders of different faiths get together, it strengthens the voice of moderation,” said Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on Am...
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Why Chris Christie and Jeb Bush were snubbed by social conservative leaders

(RNS) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush were not invited to a major gathering of social conservatives in Washington last weekend in what was viewed as a serious snub of two men considered prominent Republican presidential contenders for 2016. “They we...
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Catholic bishop in England resigns over affair with woman, calls decision ‘liberating’

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A 63-year-old Roman Catholic bishop who had an affair six years ago with a woman said he feels calm, liberated and relieved after submitting his resignation to Pope Francis. In an official statement made public Saturday (Sept. 27), Bishop Kieran Conry of...
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Mormon feminists seeking change find it in subtle wording

Eds: A version of this story originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune in Salt Lake City. It is available for use by RNS subscribers. Please use the Salt Lake Tribune byline. (RNS) Mormon feminists may have been surprised by some subtle changes in vocabulary and approach Saturd...
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The rise and fall and rise of the National Council of Churches (COMMENTARY)

WASHINGTON (RNS) Like many mainline Protestant institutions, the National Council of Churches has had a rough couple of years. Once the public face of American Protestantism, the NCC is now just another face in the crowd. Yet with new leadership and a retooled mission, the NCC is po...
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