A Catholic prime minister in No 10 is a watershed moment | Catherine Pepinster

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There’s a quip that both Boris Johnson and David Cameron have used – one that shows they are aware of the pitfalls of signing up to a specific religion in secular Britain while also wanting to keep co-religionists on side. Both have said that their Christian faith is a bit like the signal for Magic … Read more

‘Unique problem’: Catholic bishops split over Biden’s support for abortion rights

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At some point this weekend, Joe Biden will take his place in a line of people approaching the altar of a Catholic church to receive communion. The US president, a devout Catholic whose speeches regularly include biblical references and who carries a rosary that belonged to his late son, attends Mass every weekend – in … Read more

At least three critical race theory statements proposed for Southern Baptist meeting

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(RNS) — If he had the chance to turn back time, Pastor Stephen Feinstein says, he might not have proposed Resolution 9. The innocuous-sounding and nonbinding statement adopted by Southern Baptists who attended their 2019 annual meeting has contributed to a fierce battle over critical race theory, an academic approach to understanding systemic racism. The … Read more

Putting Black at the center of interfaith

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(RNS) — Every January, the city of New York hosts an interfaith breakfast that gathers my fellow New Yorkers who work to improve the lives of people in the five boroughs of NYC and beyond. Gathered under one roof for several hours are representatives of the many different faiths that can be found in our … Read more

German Cardinal’s resignation, refused by pope, reinvigorates church reform

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis rejected the resignation of German Cardinal Reinhard Marx’s on Thursday (June 10), but the news did little to calm the shockwaves Marx’s move sent through the Vatican and supporters of Germany’s controversial Synodal Path movement, who view the prelate as their champion. In a letter published June 4, Marx … Read more

Liberty grad Nightbirde captures hearts, Golden Buzzer on ‘America’s Got Talent’

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(RNS) — Hers was the ethereal voice “America’s Got Talent” host Terry Crews said “we all need to hear this year.” Jane Marczewski’s performance of her original song “It’s OK” won her the coveted Golden Buzzer from TV’s toughest judge, Simon Cowell, earlier this week on the NBC show, showering the singer, who performs as … Read more

If we’re rescinding Southern Baptist history, let’s undo our link to the Confederacy

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(RNS) — On June 9, two Southern Baptist pastors, Tom Ascol of Florida and Tom Buck of Texas, called on the delegates to next week’s denominational meeting in Nashville to rescind Resolution 9, which lays out the SBC’s position on critical race theory (CRT), the academic framework behind many contemporary ideas about systemic racism. Since … Read more

‘Australians are very sceptical’: Michael Kirby warns against ‘excessive protection’ of religious freedoms

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The former high court justice Michael Kirby has warned against the “excessive protection” of religious freedom that could diminish the rights of non-believers and minorities, as a report reveals 70% of Australians say religion is not personally important to them. In an interview with Guardian Australia before the release of new Rationalist Society research charting … Read more

The social-media-examined life is not the one that sustains us

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(RNS) — I was recently asked if the life I lead — the public one, as a writer, speaker and “influencer” (as they say) — was the one I’d always envisioned for myself. The answer is no. My public life is not what feeds the desires of my heart. It is not the vision I … Read more

‘Preserve the base’: Leaked audio of SBC leaders shows reluctance on dealing with sex abuse

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(RNS) — Newly released audio clips from a Southern Baptist whistleblower appear to corroborate accusations Southern Baptist Convention leaders were reluctant to take action against churches accused of mishandling abuse. The audio contains a recording of Ronnie Floyd, president of the SBC’s Executive Committee, telling SBC leaders in an October 2019 meeting that he is … Read more