Tom Gjelten

Tom Gjelten appears in the following:

Bishops In Amazon Region To Debate Whether Married Men Might Join Priesthood

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.


Catholics And Southern Baptists Consider How To Respond To Sex Abuse In The Church

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.


Southern Baptists To Confront Sexual Abuse And Role Of Women In The Church

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.


How The Fight For Religious Freedom Has Fallen Victim To The Culture Wars

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Disputes over LGBT rights and religion's role in public life have derailed a previously non-partisan movement.


The Debate Grows Over What Religious Freedom Means

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.


Federal Commission Challenges Trump To Support Global Religious Freedom

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.


How Would Jesus Vote?

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.


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.