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U.S. adults expressed mixed views about clergy, with slightly more than half affirming clergy have a positive impact on society, a study found. Among the religiously affiliated, 62% say clergy have a positive influence. […] Read More

Confidence of U.S. Catholics in Roman Catholic clergy’s honesty and ethics declined to a record low in 2018, Gallup found. Only 31 percent gave Catholic priests high or very high honesty and ethical standards. […] Read More

The percentage of U.S. adults who view clergy as honest and ethical continues to decline, the latest Gallup report says. Only 37 percent rated clergy’s honesty and ethical standards as high or very high. […] Read More

Nursing is seen as the most honest and ethical profession in the U.S., according to a recent Gallup survey, while highly positive views of clergy reached an all-time low. The survey asked U.S. adults to answer the following question about 22 professions: “Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of […] Read More

This is a pivotal time to be clergy in North America. The trends of our times tell us the North American context for the Christian church is dramatically shifting. More than any time in our lifetimes, being clergy in 2015 and into the near future is a dramatically different endeavor than for previous generations. What […] Read More

Americans ranked clergy and other professions based on perceptions of their ethics and honesty in a December 2013 Gallup poll. “Gallup has asked Americans to rate the honesty and ethical standards of members of various professions periodically since 1976, and annually since 1990,” the report noted. For the first time, less than 50 percent of […] Read More

Unfortunately, scandals involving the abuse of authority by leaders in churches seem to be occurring on a more frequent basis. Pastoral abuse of any form – whether it is emotional, psychological, social, physical, financial or sexual – occurs when pastors overstep their boundaries and view congregation members as a means to an end. Abuse occurs […] Read More

I’m in the middle of a writing project, staring the topic “Life Balance for Clergy” between the eyes. Just like a staring contest between kids, after concentrating and staring a few moments, I dissolve into laughter. Who are we kidding here? Life balance for clergy is a nice thought, but come on. How realistic is […] Read More

A recentcolumn on the surge of churches calling pastors in their fifth decade evoked a wide range of responses. Many came from midcareer clergy who offered a hearty “Amen” and were grateful for the news that their sense of entering the prime time of their career was being confirmed by more and more congregations. Not […] Read More

(RNS) Three dozen religious leaders have signed an ad calling on Village Voice Media to remove an adult section of its BackPage.com that they and others claim is a conduit for child sex trafficking. “As moral and religious leaders of many creeds and backgrounds, we are united in calling on your publication to shut down […] Read More