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Dear Thoughtful Pastor: You know how the Jews in the Bible were forbidden to work on the Sabbath? If I want to practice the Sabbath today, what is considered “work?” Would folding laundry be work? What about using appliances?
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Can you explain the Book of Acts to me in simple words a heathen can understand?
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis recently outlined his vision for how the Vatican will promote family and life issues, naming an American moderate to head the new Vatican office for families and laity and directing related institutes to give merciful care to spiritually wounded Catholics.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have been astonished at the Wayne Grudem support of Trump. I am like some who believe part of the hatred of Hillary Clinton and support of Donald Trump derives from the belief of inferiority of women and the “headship” of men, which the right wing is so strong about.
CAIRO — Inside a large mosque in the Nile Delta, an Egyptian cleric looked over his congregation as he climbed the pulpit clutching a piece of paper and began to speak — delivering a 13-minute discourse on the virtues of personal hygiene.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have friends who are Christians and tell me that science is wrong and destroys faith. And I have friends who are squarely on the side of science. Who is right?
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has set up a panel to study whether women could serve as deacons, a role now reserved for men.The Vatican said Francis “after intense prayer and mature reflection” decided to set up the commission, with 12 members — six men and six women — including priests, nuns and laywomen.
CZESTOCHOWA, Poland — Pope Francis blessed hundreds of thousands of faithful Thursday at a shrine in Poland, paying tribute to a beloved native son, St. John Paul II, honoring the countless “ordinary yet remarkable” Poles who defiantly clung to their faith during Soviet-bloc communism and establishing this pontiff’s drawing power in a country where being Catholic is often equated with being Polish.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have been reading both sides of the argument and praying about it, and I’m just a little stumped. Is cremation frowned upon?
MINNEAPOLIS — Lawyers investigating a Minnesota archbishop in 2014 found compelling and credible allegations from nearly a dozen people that he engaged in sexual misconduct and harassment, then retaliated when his advances were rejected, according to an internal church document made public this week.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I love my parents very much. But I wish my dad would quit being so racist in front of my nieces. How do I tell them that what he is saying is junk without making them lose respect for him?
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The Rev. Scott Killgore remembers looking out at the congregation during communion and seeing a particular member in prayer, focused on the expansive stained glass window in the sanctuary.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: A lot of Christians insist that the best way for a homosexual to be reformed and “made whole” is in heterosexual marriage. Do you think any of these Christians would volunteer their child (or grandchild) to live in a marriage to a gay person?
VATICAN CITY — A Vatican court declared Thursday it had no jurisdiction to prosecute two journalists who wrote books based in part on confidential documents exposing greed, mismanagement and corruption in the Holy See, ending a trial that drew scorn from media rights groups.
I grew up in a post-9/11 world, so “Islamophobia” is nothing new to me. I see the vitriol spewed over the comments section of any news story that mentions the word “Islam.” I watch it on the evening news when politicians seriously entertain the idea of a Muslim ban.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: What does it mean that Donald Trump has accepted Jesus into his heart? Has Hillary Clinton accepted Jesus into her heart? Thank you for your reply.
VATICAN CITY — A breakaway traditionalist Catholic group accused Pope Francis on Wednesday of spreading confusion and errors about the faith, joining a chorus of conservative criticism over his perceived lax doctrine and emphasis on mercy at the expense of morals.
Federal court records show that a Catholic priest charged with stealing nearly $151,000 from two small parishes to fund his gambling has negotiated a diversion agreement.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: New medical capabilities using something called “molecular scissors” that change human DNA bring hope to those with debilitating diseases, but also profound moral concerns, especially regarding designer babies for the rich.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is making his first foray into the former Soviet Union with a weekend visit to Armenia, a year after he riled Turkey by declaring the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians genocide and amid fresh tensions with rival Azerbaijan.
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Can you tell me the background for Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s tweet?
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A former altar boy became the third person to publicly accuse Guam’s archbishop of sexual abuse four decades ago, a newspaper reported Wednesday.