Pope Francis said on Tuesday he believes the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women becoming priests is forever and will never be changed, in some of his most definitive remarks on the issue.
He was speaking aboard a plane taking him back to Rome from Sweden, in the freewheeling news conference with reporters that has become a tradition of his return flights from trips abroad.
A Swedish female reporter noted that the head of the Lutheran Church who welcomed him in Sweden was a woman, and then asked if he thought the Catholic Church could allow women to be ordained as ministers in coming decades. more >>
The United Methodist Church's highest court has affirmed a bishop's decision to overrule a regional church body's resolution that called for defying the Mainline denomination's position on homosexuality.
During the summer, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar of the New England Conference overruled a "non-conformity" resolution calling for the regional body to reject the Book of Discipline's position that homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching."
Religious convictions have the greatest influence on a voter's decisions, according to a recently released study from the Ventura, California-based Barna Group.
In findings released last week, Barna found that of ten possible influences on a voter, the category of "Your Religious Beliefs" had the most respondents say that it influenced their views "A lot."
"The top-rated sources of influence are a person's religious beliefs (18% say that had 'a lot of influence') and family members (10%). The other eight sources examined fall within the five to eight percent range," noted Barna. more >>
A retired clergywoman of the United Church of Canada has requested to be removed from the denomination's list of clergy over the Church's treatment of an openly atheist minister.
The denomination is in the process of possibly removing Gretta Vosper of West Hill United Church from her position as a minister due to her being an avowed atheist.
The Rev. Beverley Burlock, a classmate of Vosper's from Queen's Theological College, wrote an open letter requesting that she be defrocked in light of the effort to remove Vosper. more >>
For most Americans, the last day of October is a time of trick-or-treating, costumes, candy, and various spooky things from horror movies to haunted houses.
Halloween, the holiday most known for its playful scaring and bags of sweets, is most closely associated by mainstream culture with Oct. 31.
However, for hundreds of churches across the United States and many others throughout global Protestantism, Oct. 31 is a time to remember the birth of the Reformation. more >>
LifeWay Christian Resources has announced that it is no longer selling books and materials written by Christian author and reality TV star Jen Hatmaker after she opened up about how she believes that gay marriage is an appropriate civil right.
On Tuesday, Hatmaker was featured in a question-and-answer-style interview published by the Religion News Service's Jonathan Merritt. In the interview, Hatmaker was asked if she supports gay marriage.