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National LGBTQ Task Force to Review TN Episcopal Same-Sex Marriage Ban - World Religion News

January 26, 2017
DECISION TO CREATE TASK FORCE TAKEN AFTER TENNESSEE BISHOP BANS SAME-SEX MARRIAGES IN HIS DIOCESE DESPITE OFFICIAL PERMISSION BY CHURCH AT NATIONAL LEVEL. The Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee has turned to the National LGBTQ Task Force to review the Church’s ongoing issues with ministers officiating at same-sex marriages. Although the Episcopal Church at the national level has given official permission in 2015 to all Episcopalian churches to accept gay marriages, it had also allowed bishops to choose whether or not they will accept same-sex marriages at the diocesan level or not....
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Advocates for Religious Freedom Split on Views of LGBT Issues - World Religion News

January 22, 2017
ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS AND LIBERALS HARBOR DIFFERENT VIEWS ON GAY RIGHTS. Influential conservative Christians in the United States, comprised of leaders from almost 90 churches, evangelical seminaries, ministries and publications, of both Orthodox and Catholic clergy, have signed a statement which rejects any kind of legal efforts to protect Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or SOGI. They believe the proposed SOGI laws threaten basic freedoms. The writings were part of the campaign titled “Preserve Freedom, Reject Coercion” by Colson Center for Christian Worldview....
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In sign of resolve, Pope taps O'Malley for Vatican office handling abuse cases

January 15, 2017
Boston’s Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, who sits on the council of cardinal advisers who help Pope Francis in the reform of the Roman Curia, and who leads the Commission for the Protection of Minors, was appointed on Saturday to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in what some will see as a sign of resolve in the fight against clerical sexual abuse.

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Reactions to gospel preacher Kim Burrell on LGBT issues reveal split among black churches | WWRN - World-wide Religious News

January 11, 2017
More than 1 million people watched Kim Burrell rail against “that perverted homosexual spirit” in a controversial sermon clip that led to the gospel singer getting pulled from a performance on “Ellen” and facing ongoing backlash from LGBT advocates.

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Benefits association, diocese file suit over HHS transgender regulation

January 1, 2017
FARGO - The Catholic Benefits Association, the Diocese of Fargo and Catholic Charities North Dakota filed a lawsuit on December 28 in U.S. District Court in North Dakota against a federal regulation scheduled to take effect January 1 that redefines “sex” for anti-discrimination purposes to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Is Christmas still a religious holiday?

December 30, 2016
Christmas is more than just a religious holiday. As the Pew Research Center found in 2013, about 81 percent of non-Christians celebrate Christmas in the United States. That includes people without religion, Buddhists, Hindus and American Jews. In fact, close to one-third of Jewish people (32 percent) have a Christmas tree in their homes during the December months, according to Pew.

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For Pope Francis, A Year Of Reconciliation Abroad Amid Opposition At Home : Parallels : NPR

December 30, 2016
Pope Francis turned 80 this month, at the end of what has been a busy year. He made six foreign trips and oversaw many events and ceremonies with millions of pilgrims throughout what he proclaimed the Holy Year of Mercy. The year was also marked by the pope's efforts to heal divisions within the Christian world and tackle dissension within Catholicism.

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Thousands gather for Walk With Mary in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 15, 2016
WASHINGTON - People on the sidewalks of Washington momentarily stopped their holiday shopping and paused in the cold on December 10 to take in the sight of hundreds of pilgrims processing through the streets alongside images of Mary. The feast brings together people of all ages and backgrounds, but it is a particularly special event for the Hispanic Catholic community.

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