A Vatican Shot Across the Bow for Hard-Line U.S. Catholics

An officially vetted journal has sown rancor by depicting the U.S. church as overly political, captive to the right and out of step with the mainstream.

To Understand Betsy DeVos’s Educational Views, View Her Education

By ERICA L. GREEN June 10, 2017 HOLLAND, Mich. — The students formed a circle around the Rev. Ray Vanderlaan, who draped himself in a Jewish ceremonial prayer shawl to cap his final lesson to graduating seniors in his discipleship seminar at...

Religious Liberals Sat Out of Politics for 40 Years. Now They Want in the Game.

Religious Liberals Sat Out of Politics for 40 Years. Now They Want in the Game. By LAURIE GOODSTEIN June 10, 2017 The Rev. William J. Barber II, organizer of the “Moral Mondays” protests in North Carolina, in April at Riverside Church in...

Methodist High Court Rejects First Openly Gay Bishop’s Consecration

The church’s highest court has ruled that the consecration of its first openly gay bishop violated church law, compounding a bitter rift over homosexuality.

For Alabama Christians, Governor Bentley’s Downfall Is a Bitter Blow

By ALAN BLINDER April 11, 2017 MONTGOMERY, Ala. — As governor, Robert Bentley would quote the Bible before the Alabama Legislature and say that God had elevated him to the State Capitol. In his dermatology practice, in the city where he was a Baptist...

For Religious Conservatives, Success and Access at the Trump White House

Their relationship has consequences for policy on issues like health care, education and free speech, and how the federal courts will decide cases.