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Australian court rejects Cardinal Pell's bid to overturn conviction

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- An Australian court has rejected jailed Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his conviction and he will continue to serve a six-year sentence for child sex abuse.

Three judges at the Court of Appeal in Melbourne handed down a majority two-to-one decision on Wednesday rejecting Pell's appeal and upholding the conviction....Read more

Spiritual Life: To build true community, where do we need to get to know each other?

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"I don't WANT to get to know HIM!"

That angry outburst came from the mother of a white football player regarding a black teammate who had become a dear friend. Her son had been pleading with her, that once she got to know his friend she would welcome him home for dinner. She responded accordingly, much to her son's dismay. The scene, as you may...Read more

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America becomes nation's first 'sanctuary denomination'

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has become the first North American denomination to declare itself a sanctuary church, committed to supporting and sheltering migrants entering the country.

The ELCA announced its decision last week at an annual assembly in Milwaukee, where leaders also participated in a march and prayer...Read more

Church in a gay bar: Queer Chicagoans find ways to merge religion and identity

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CHICAGO -- The second Tuesday of every month, Affirming Worship holds church in Atmosphere, an Andersonville gay bar. The organization, founded in March 2019 by Kelly Ravenscraft, 22, and Michael McBride, 38, works against what a traditional Christian might think of as Mass. It's a space for queer individuals in the Chicago area to discover or ...Read more

Australian court to rule on Cardinal Pell's appeal on Aug. 21

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CANBERRA, Australia -- Australian Cardinal George Pell, who is serving a six-year jail sentence for child sexual abuse, will learn his fate Aug. 21 when Melbourne's Court of Appeal hands down its decision on whether to overturn his conviction.

The former Vatican treasurer and one-time close adviser to Pope Francis was convicted in December for ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Getting lost is one thing, but staying lost on the road of life is another

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"Why are you turning here?" my wife asked.

"It's a shortcut, don't worry," I assured her. "I know where I am going."

Famous last words. An hour or so later, after zigzagging through miles of orchard-covered hills, I was gritting my teeth and continuing to insist that I knew a very effective shortcut to get us to our important meeting.

"We're ...Read more

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti meets Pope Francis

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti met with Pope Francis on Friday in a private meeting at the Vatican, where they discussed climate change, youth, poverty and immigration.

Garcetti shared photographs of the visit on social media, saying in a statement he was moved by the Roman Catholic Church leader's "inspired words about matters ...Read more

Spiritual Life: A 'have to' in life doesn't become a 'get to' without God's mercy

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Last year I wrote a Tri-City Herald column about how to turn a burden into a blessing.

It's a "one word wonder," I wrote ... changing "I have to" to "I get to." The idea is to see the blessings in what we have the opportunity to do, instead of just seeing the burdens of what we feel we must do.

I believed what I wrote then, and I believe it ...Read more

Radical Baptist church preaches LGBTQ hate just miles from California's Capitol

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Pastor Roger Jimenez implored his congregation at Verity Baptist Church to separate themselves from the ways of a modern, wicked world.

Burn your Harry Potter books. Trash your rock 'n' roll CDs. Don't vaccinate your babies. Stay away from gay people.

"The United States of America is on a rainbow-colored boat, and we've ...Read more

Column: From slavery to mass incarceration?

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He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? -- Micah 6:8 KJV

The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock has had a busy couple of weeks.

After co-hosting and delivering the opening sermon at a conference on ending mass incarceration in the United States...Read more

Column: Racism: Whose fault is it, anyway?

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Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. -- Proverbs 4:7

We live in a world awash in information.

We know, for instance, that this year marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to Jamestown, Va. But most of us might not know Massachusetts was the first ...Read more

Column: How black, white ministers are working to bridge racial divide

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"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." -- 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV

Days after President Donald Trump's Twitter tantrum a couple of weeks ago, instructing four Democratic ...Read more

Spiritual Life: What if we said 'God SEE our prayer' instead of 'God hear our prayer?

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Having prayers heard is a standard article of faith. Biblical accounts, historical statements and contemporary testimonies repeat this conviction that God hears or has heard the prayer of believers.

Accordingly, a common feature of many religious services is a selected responsive reading or prayer. The leader says a statement of petition, ...Read more

Jewish center sued over controversial chicken-killing ritual

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LOS ANGELES -- On a September day last year, between the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a group of worshippers gathered in a parking lot at the Woodland Hills Hebrew Discovery Center for a religious ritual called kapparot.

Behind tarps and makeshift structures used to shield the proceedings from view, live chickens were ...Read more

Column: Why I needed to write about race and religion

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As a Mississippi native who grew up in the '50s and '60s, I've long had a heightened sense of race and racism, keenly aware that there were those who, because of my dark skin, saw me as other.

In my hometown of McComb, color lines were clearly drawn and bombings in the African American community were a near constant, so much so that in 1964 it ...Read more

Light Notes: If there's a cow in your front yard, country living may not be as advertised

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The moment I saw the cow standing in our front yard, I remember thinking that rural living wasn't all it's cracked up to be.

The fact that this prospective four-legged "hamburger" had spent the night on our lawn certainly gave me a greater appreciation for the neighbor's dog. And to think, I used to complain about him when we lived in a ...Read more

Pope names Baltimore auxiliary bishop to lead troubled West Virginia diocese

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BALTIMORE -- The Most Rev. Mark E. Brennan, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and a man known for his humble service and "great pastoral sensitivity," will become bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in West Virginia, the Vatican announced Tuesday morning.

He succeeds former Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, who resigned ...Read more

Citing new evidence, judge angrily denies bail for leader of La Luz del Mundo church

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LOS ANGELES -- The leader of La Luz del Mundo church remained impassive in a Los Angeles courtroom as a witness for prosecutors described a video that he alleged showed Naason Joaquin Garcia participating in a sexual threesome involving a minor.

State law enforcement officer and forensic examiner Steven Stover testified during a Superior Court ...Read more

Spiritual Life: All children belong to God's family. We are called to care for them

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"I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me ... . "

The speaker in this Biblical text is Jesus. He continues ... "just as you did it to one of the least of ...Read more

Bill to require California priests to report confessions of child sex abuse on hold

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The author of a California bill strongly opposed by the Roman Catholic Church that would require priests to report confessions of child sex abuse to authorities said Tuesday he has put it on hold, citing lack of support.

SB 360 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, had passed out of the state Senate on a 30-4-4 vote May 23. But ...Read more


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