Tom Gjelten

Tom Gjelten appears in the following:

Pope Benedict Breaks 6-Year Silence To Comment On Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Two popes speaking simultaneously on the most divisive issue facing the church is remarkable. Benedict's letter may well raise concerns that the Vatican can no longer speak with a single voice.


Little-Remembered Religious Preachers Get Their Due In 'American Messiahs'

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Bizarre as they may have been, many messianic leaders were stunningly successful, heading movements that flourished for years due, in part, to their keen ability to offer responses to social distress.


Pastoring A Purple Church: 'I Absolutely Bite My Tongue Sometimes'

Saturday, April 06, 2019

In an era of red and blue polarization, purple congregations are increasingly rare and a challenge to maintain. They learn to avoid some subjects to maintain congregational harmony.


U.S. Resettling Record Low Numbers Of Refugees

Friday, April 05, 2019

Despite a global refugee crisis, the United States is closing its doors. Refugee resettlement is near record lows, even for minorities whose plight the Trump administration has highlighted.


Pope Names New D.C. Archbishop

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Archbishop Wilton Gregory accepted the offer from Pope Francis to become the leader of an archdiocese in turmoil over abuse allegations.


United Methodists Face Fractured Future

Saturday, March 02, 2019

The decision by United Methodists to reaffirm a traditional stand on homosexuality and marriage leaves the church's future unclear.


Religious Leaders In Cuba Outspoken And Critical Of Proposed Constitution

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Cubans vote this weekend on a new constitution that enshrines the Communist party as the "supreme guiding political force." Religious leaders are critical of new limits on pluralistic thought.


As Pope Holds Sex Abuse Summit, U.S. Catholics Not Hopeful For 'Bold Moves'

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

American Catholics have become disappointed as Pope Francis described the meeting as featuring "prayer and discernment" — hardly an ambitious vision for what could have been a momentous event.


Catholic Leaders To Gather In Rome To Discuss Continuing Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Catholic leaders from around the world are convening in Rome Thursday to discuss the continuing clergy sexual abuse crisis. Abuse survivors say they're not hopeful meaningful change will come from it.


After Explosive Sex Abuse Allegations, Southern Baptist Leaders Promise Reform

Monday, February 11, 2019

"There can simply be no ambiguity about the church's responsibility to protect the abused and be a safe place for the vulnerable," wrote the president of the Southern Baptist Convention.


'The Pope' Tells The Tale Of A Roman Catholic Church With Coexisting Pontiffs

Friday, February 08, 2019

In his new book, soon to be a feature film, Andrew McCarten examines Popes Francis and Benedict XVI — and how having two living popes, for the first time in 600 years, has weakened the papacy.


At National Prayer Breakfast, Trump Pledges, 'I Will Never Let You Down'

Thursday, February 07, 2019

"All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God," Trump said, to a standing ovation at this year's National Prayer Breakfast.


Provoked By Trump, The Religious Left Is Finding Its Voice

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Trump administration has inspired a new activism on the part of liberal religious groups. Like the Moral Majority of the 1980s, they fear an assault on their most basic Christian values.


U.S. Evangelicals Push Back Against Trump's Syria Pullout Plan

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Christian leaders in the U.S. fear President Trump's decision to pull out of Syria will leave Christian minorities in the region vulnerable to attack.


The New Congress: Fewer Christians But Still Religious

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Pew Research finds that more than 99 percent of the Republican members of Congress identify as Christian, as opposed to 78 percent of the Democrats. Only one member identifies as unaffiliated.


Financially Struggling Government Workers Are Caught Up In Shutdown

Friday, December 28, 2018

Federal government employees are still being paid for work they did before the shutdown, but the checks will soon end. Among those affected are many who struggle to make ends meet even in good times.


For Evangelicals, A Year Of Reckoning On Sexual Sin And Support For Donald Trump

Monday, December 24, 2018

Evangelicals in 2018 had to defend their views on sexual sin, given their willingness to overlook Donald Trump's infidelity and reports of sexual misconduct by their own pastors.


Southern Baptist Seminary Confronts History Of Slaveholding And 'Deep Racism'

Thursday, December 13, 2018

In a 71-page report, Southern Baptist leaders are documenting their dark history, as if by telling the story in wrenching detail, they may finally be freed of its taint.


Southern Baptist Seminary Reviews Its Legacy Of Racism

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary released a report detailing its history of slavery and racism. The president says the self-examination represents an "honest lament" for its past sins.


Boundlessly Idealistic, Universal Declaration Of Human Rights Is Still Resisted

Monday, December 10, 2018

Seventy years ago, the global community nearly unanimously approved a list of fundamental human rights. But many of those rights remain unachieved today.