Religion

11:54am

Tue June 14, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: The Missionary Position

Molly Worthen is writing a book about modern American evangelicals.

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12:01am

Mon May 23, 2011
Religion

Doomsday Believers Cope With An Intact World

As recently as two weeks ago, Gary Vollmer was absolutely certain that on May 21, 2011, God would send devastating earthquakes, raise believers to heaven in the "rapture," and then destroy the world five months later. Now that it hasn't happened, Vollmer is unfazed.

"God is God, God's going to do what he has to do," he says.

True, he says, believers got some of the details wrong. But the thrust of the message is right.

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3:00pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Religion

Study: Changes Of 1960s Behind Church's Abuse Crisis

Why did the Catholic Church experience a sexual abuse crisis? There are no simple answers, according to a five-year study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice that was released on Wednesday. But the reasons suggested in the report are unlikely to satisfy critics of the church.

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1:29pm

Wed May 18, 2011
The Two-Way

Study Finds Homosexuality, Celibacy Did Not Cause Catholic Sex Abuse Crisis

A five-year study commissioned by Roman Catholic bishops in the United States concluded the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church was caused by poorly prepared priests in the midst of the social and sexual revolution of the Woodstock Era.

The Boston Globe reports:

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8:08am

Mon May 16, 2011
Religion

Vatican Issues Guidance For Sex Abuse Cases

The Vatican sent a letter to bishops around the world Monday offering guidance on dealing with reports of clerical sexual abuse.

But the suggestions in the letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are vague and nonbinding and fall far short of recommending the tough U.S.-style norms that bar a credibly accused priest from ministry while his case is investigated.

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