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(RNS) With 2.18 billion adherents, Christianity has become a truly global religion over the past century as rapid growth in developing nations offset declines in Christianity’s traditional strongholds, according to a report released Monday (Dec. 19). Billed as the most comprehensive and reliable study to date, the Pew Research Center’s “Global Christianity” reports on self-identified […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) A sweeping new report on the clergy sex abuse scandal compares the Roman Catholic Church to police departments, with similar hierarchies, moral authority and isolated working environments. And because the church, like the police, has “historically `policed itself,”’ as the report says, some lay Catholics and victims’ advocates say even a stack of […] Read More