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NASHVILLE (RNS) The saga of the Anglican Mission in the Americas sounds like the words to an old country song: “Why have you left the one you left me for?” Founded by breakaway Episcopal priests who left their former denomination because they felt it was too liberal, the Anglican Mission is now in the middle […] Read More

(RNS) Conservative Presbyterians launched a new denomination on Thursday (Jan. 19), saying that the Presbyterian Church (USA) is too consumed by internal conflicts and bureaucracy to nurture healthy congregations. “This ‘new Reformed body’ is intended to foster a new way of being the church, just as traditional, mainline denominations rose to serve in their day,” […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) The number of religious advocacy groups in the nation’s capital has more than tripled since the 1970s, with conservative groups seeing the biggest growth, according to a new report. Together, faith-based lobbying and advocacy groups spend $390 million a year to influence lawmakers, mobilize supporters and shape public opinion, according to the report, […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Leaders of an ultra-traditionalist group that’s in schism with the Roman Catholic Church met to consider the Vatican’s conditions for reconciliation, but failed to announce a decision or say when they would do so. The Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) will respond to the Vatican’s conditions “in a reasonable time,” its […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Reconciliation between the pope and a schismatic group is impossible unless the group accepts the last half-century of modernizing reforms in the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican said on Wednesday (Sept. 14). The Vatican’s statement followed a meeting between Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), […] Read More

(RNS) The Obama administration is taking heat from religious groups, particularly Catholic leaders, upset that new federal health regulations may force them to pay for employees’ birth control, a violation of church tenets. Proposed religious exemptions to the new regulations, which were unveiled on Aug. 1 by the Department of Health and Human Services, are […] Read More

(RNS) For years, many religious and political conservatives in the U.S. have sought to connect Islam to violence carried out by Muslims, and argued that Muslims often fail to denounce terrorism committed by Islamic extremists. But in the wake of the horrific attacks in Norway by a right-wing extremist who identified himself as a Christian […] Read More

HARRISBURG, Pa. (RNS) Two of the most influential forces in conservative lobbying are poised to go head-to-head this fall over an issue that some Pennsylvania lawmakers dread might be one of the most difficult of the session. It’s the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau vs. the National Rifle Association in a title bout over the legalization of […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) An Iowa-based conservative Christian organization has removed controversial language about slavery from a pledge to uphold traditional marriage that the group has asked GOP candidates to sign. The Family Leader’s “Marriage Vow” originally included language in its preamble that implied that black children had better family conditions during slavery than today. “Slavery had […] Read More

(RNS) A Missouri congressman has apologized for telling a national radio audience that “at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God.” U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, whose comments created a nationwide uproar among liberals, apologized to anyone who thought he was questioning their faith. “People who know me and my family know that […] Read More