Tom Gjelten appears in the following:
Monday, June 17, 2019
Catholic Bishops from the Amazon region will debate a proposal to allow the ordination of married men in limited circumstances in October. Pope Francis has long said the idea should be considered.
Friday, June 14, 2019
Catholics and Southern Baptists have both faced clergy sex abuse allegations. Leaders of both denominations met this week to discuss their problems.
Monday, June 10, 2019
The largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. faces allegations of sexual abuse by ministers and controversy over its opposition to women preachIng in church.
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Disputes over LGBT rights and religion's role in public life have derailed a previously non-partisan movement.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Congress passed the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act 25 years ago on an almost unanimous basis. Since then, the advocacy of religious freedom has become highly contentious and more partisan.
Monday, April 29, 2019
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom released its annual report at a time of spiraling sectarian conflict around the world.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Mayor Pete Buttigieg says Christian faith leads in a "progressive" political direction. Conservatives disagree. The debate reshapes old questions about the relation between religion and politics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, March 02, 2019
The decision by United Methodists to reaffirm a traditional stand on homosexuality and marriage leaves the church's future unclear.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.