Tom Gjelten

Tom Gjelten appears in the following:

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.


Killing Of American Missionary Ignites Debate Over How To Evangelize

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

John Allen Chau, a 26-year-old American missionary, was killed when he sneaked onto an island in the Bay of Bengal. For centuries, the islanders have resisted all contact with the outside world.


The Faithful Are Angry As Catholic Church Fails To Unite On Addressing Clergy Abuse

Friday, November 16, 2018

This week's widely anticipated meeting of U.S. Catholic bishops ended without recommendation on how to deal with clergy abuse. Further action is now up to the Vatican and a global synod in February.


Through Personal Testament, 'Why Religion?' Explores Belief In The 21st Century

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Distinguished scholar of Christianity Elaine Pagels sets out to explain why religion is still around today, through the lens of her lived tragedies — the deaths of her son and husband 30 years ago.


Preaching Gospel Of Love And Justice, William Barber Mobilizes Progressive Christians

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Barber has been compared to Martin Luther King Jr. He has revived the 1968 Poor People's Campaign while continuing to minister to his small town congregation.