Archbishop of Granada Francisco Javier Martinez and priests prostrate in front of the altar to seek pardon for sexual abuse in the Church at the cathedral in Granada, southern Spain, Nov. 23, 2014.
The hierarchy of the Catholic Church requires nearly absolute obedience. This makes it difficult to speak up against superiors. And by the same token, superiors too can protect offending priests.
Can services be refused to same-sex couples?
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There are three very different kinds of liberty. When people talk about religious liberty, what kind of liberty they might mean?
Port chaplains provide much-needed services for those who make their living at sea.
With 90 percent of global goods coming to us by ship, who are the men and women who care for the crews?
A worshipper receives Communion.
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The Catholic Church prohibits the use of gluten-free bread for Communion. The reasons lie in the challenges faced by the Catholic Church in the past.
Oak Grove Acapella Singers, a Gospel group of Chester County, Tennessee, being recorded while singing in the office of the preacher at the Oak Grove Church of Christ.
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As the African-American Music
Appreciation Month comes to a close, a scholar discusses the role of early preachers in shaping gospel music.
What does the shrinking of the Colorado River mean for Native American religions?
Historically, indigenous peoples used the natural seasonal cycles of weather, plants and animals as part of their religious calendar. What will be the impact of climate change on their practices?
Facebook has been used at times for antisocial behavior. However, such behaviors are neither unique nor new.
Why do people need cash in churches?
ATMs began appearing in churches providing a way for people to come up with ready cash to give to God and their church. But why was cash necessary?
A mosque in Herat, Afghanistan was attacked on Aug. 1, 2017.
There have been several attacks on Shia mosques in several parts of the world. At its heart is the centuries'-old sectarian Shia-Sunni divide.
What is different about hookup culture on Catholic campuses?
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As Catholicism teaches abstinence before marriage, there is a common perception that Catholic schools would be places without hookup culture. Does faith make a difference?
A file photo of a girl picking up a cupcake as she breaks fast at King Fahad Mosque in Los Angeles, California during Ramadan.
There are many myths around Ramadan. A scholar explains the religious observance and its spiritual significance.
Many people are crowdfunding to be able to meet the high costs of health care.
Many Americans unable to afford health expenses are raising funds through medical crowdfunding. What are the risks?
A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed on Friday, May 19, 2017, from Lee Circle in New Orleans.
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Monuments to the Confederacy in New Orleans and many other cities are problematic. But a mere erasure will not address the issues around racism and racial inequality.
The Thomas Jefferson memorial in Washington, DC.
The White House may not host the traditional reception for Ramadan this year. This would be a departure from tradition and the vision of America's founders.
President Donald Trump delivers a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit on Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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Trump avoided many of the missteps his critics feared, but he failed to acknowledge the presence of America's large Muslim population and its contribution to American society.
Who enforces regulations that bar churches from engaging in politics?
President Trump claims that churches suffer from the over-regulation of their political speech. In reality, oversight is lax for religious groups and secular tax-exempt nonprofits alike.
How do leaders find authority as discerners of evil?
Wellcome Library, London.
Witch-finders of early modern Europe and modern Africa made themselves indispensable by showing people a threat of a growing crisis of threatening evil.
Stained glass window depicting a heretic in the Cathedral of Saint Rumbold in Mechelen, Belgium.
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A recent case of comedian Stephen Fry being accused of blasphemy is a reminder that blasphemy laws are not unique to the Muslim world.
Syrian Christians and Muslims offer prayers for nuns held by rebels, at the Greek Orthodox Mariamiya Church in Damascus, Syria, in 2013.
For many centuries, Syrian society has included people of many faiths – Sunni and Shi'i Muslims, Christians and Druze. This past is important to know to understand the present.
Why do so many state constitutions have provisions precluding funding for religious schools?
A number of state constitutions have clauses restricting state funding for religious schools. Some of these go back to an amendment proposed in 1875, known as the Blaine Amendment. What is it?