Health & Spirit

Gay pastor will leave her post at Kansas church

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On a cold Sunday in January, Cynthia Meyer, pastor at Edgerton United Methodist Church, came out to her congregation.

She did so with hope that change regarding the denomination's stance on homosexuality was coming. But eight months later, that hope, for now at least, is gone. And after the end of August, Meyer will be gone ...Read more

Judge sets May 1 for retrial of Monsignor William Lynn in clergy sex abuse case

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PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia judge has set May 1 for the retrial of Monsignor William J. Lynn, the first Catholic Church official in the nation to be convicted over his supervision of priests accused of sexually abusing children.

Lynn, 65, who was released from state prison Tuesday on $250,000 bail, said nothing during the brief hearing ...Read more

For Catholic women, announcement of panel to study female deacons could open up opportunities

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BALTIMORE -- Barbara Anderson is hopeful that a new commission appointed by Pope Francis to study women deacons could open up new opportunities for females in the Catholic Church.

But more important, she says, is the new perspective that ordained women could bring to the church.

"It's exciting that he has decided to explore what Scripture and ...Read more

Monsignor William Lynn freed on bail until retrial in church sex abuse case

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PHILADELPHIA -- After almost three years in prison for a conviction that has been reversed, Monsignor William J. Lynn went free Tuesday on $250,000 bail pending a new trial over his handling of Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children.

Officials at the state prison in Waymart in Northeastern Pennsylvania confirmed that Lynn -- ...Read more

Vatican emissary squashed Archbishop Nienstedt investigation, memo says

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Ramsey County dropped criminal charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for failing to protect three boys from an abusive priest Wednesday and released documents that disclosed a social connection between that priest and former Archbishop John Nienstedt.

One of the documents is a memo written by an archdiocese ...Read more

Mixed messages at all-female Islamic schools

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KARACHI, Pakistan -- At 22, Wahabba Husain had never worn a headscarf. As she walked into the classroom at Al-Huda, an all-female Pakistani institute for Islamic studies, on a December afternoon in 2014, she felt a pang of worry.

Would the other women judge her immodest? A bad Muslim?

Husain exhaled when she saw many of her classmates had ...Read more

Catholic League president accuses Philly mayor of 'personal war' against church

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PHILADELPHIA -- The head of the Catholic League on Thursday accused Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney of "misusing his public office" to wage a war on the Catholic Church.

Bill Donohue, president of New York-based, conservative anti-discrimination group, was responding to a tweet from Kenney saying Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput's ...Read more

Philly archbishop: No Communion for sexually active gay, unwed or divorced couples

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PHILADELPHIA -- Divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, as well as cohabitating unmarried couples, must "refrain from sexual intimacy" to receive Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has asserted in a new set of pastoral guidelines.

Released Friday, the guidelines instruct clergy and other ...Read more

Study: Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world

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WASHINGTON -- Christians are the most persecuted of any religious group around the world, facing harassment in 108 countries.

A study by Pew Research Center found that harassment of Christians in 2014 by both governments and society as a whole increased from 102 countries in 2013. The study considered harassment to be both verbal and physical ...Read more

Presbyterian delegates 'deeply regret' past treatment of gays

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U.S. Presbyterians approved a statement expressing regret for a history of marginalizing gays and other sexual minorities while also lamenting the loss of members who left the denomination over its eventual approval of ordaining and marrying gays.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s top legislative body, meeting in Portland, Ore., this week, ...Read more

Pope issues new guidelines for removing bishops in sexual-abuse cover-ups

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ROME -- Catholic bishops guilty of covering up cases of child sex abuse should be subject to removal said the Vatican Saturday as it laid out new legal guidelines, part of Pope Francis' attempts to clean up the church's tarnished image after years of scandals.

A bishop "may legitimately be removed from office for acts committed or omitted by ...Read more

Woman is first consecrated virgin in Diocese of Fresno

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FRSENO, Calif. -- Victoria Selkirk on Sunday became the first person within the Diocese of Fresno to join a special order within the Roman Catholic Church for people who promise to live a life of chastity.

Those within the Order of Virgins continue to live "in the world" and do not reside in convents, like nuns. It's estimated there are fewer ...Read more