The United Methodist Church will close four summer camps that the denomination operates in Missouri. Together, the camps served about 2,000 children this summer. But fans of the camps aren’t taking this lightly; the announcement sparked a firestorm of social media reaction.
Due to the World Series, the time of this Saturday’s Worship Through the Arts concert at Liberty United Methodist Church has changed. British composer Will Todd will conduct the concert at 3 p.m. instead of 7 p.m., as previously planned.
A $10 million settlement was announced on the eve of jury deliberations in a lawsuit filed against the diocese by former altar boy Jon David Couzens. He accused the late Monsignor Thomas O’Brien of sexual abuse in the early 1980s. The settlement may have closed some legal cases, but it left church responsibility in sexual abuse cases unresolved.
Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.
Marilynne Robinson, author of “Gilead” and now “Lila,” books about a minister and his wife, talks about the tension between modern religion and modern literature. She won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Literature.
Two churches in Ohio and Alabama have been the sources of shocking reports. In one case, an aging evanglical television minister is accused of improper acts with young men in his congregation; in the other the pastor allegedly acknowledged that despite his AIDS, he has had sex with women in his Baptist following.
Look for our Royals special section in The Star today for a new action figure. Meet the Royals' Three-headed Bullpen monster: Herrera, Davis and Holland. Tweet your most creative photos with the hashtag #PaperRoyals or email them to email@example.com.
In new collections, Robert Stewart, editor of the Kansas City literary magazine New Letters, Scott Cairns, a professor at the University of Missouri, Catherine Anderson, a Kansas City poet, and Jericho Brown bring their faith to their words.
Jurors considering the case of former altar boy Jon David Couzens, who sued the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph for sexual abuse that he said he suffered decades ago, were torn on what their verdict might have been. The high-profile trial ended abruptly Tuesday night when the diocese agreed to a $9.95 million settlement with 30 plaintiffs who alleged sexual abuse by priests.
On the eve of jury deliberations after an 11-day trial, the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on Tuesday settled 30 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests. “I feel like it’s a day of retribution,” said Jon David Couzens, who alleged that he was repeatedly molested by Monsignor Thomas O’Brien three decades ago.
The Vatican’s signal of openness toward gay people offers solace. But what Colleen Simon really needs is a good job. In May, Simon was fired from running the food pantry at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. A story in The Star had mentioned her same-sex marriage.
A fight for the soul of the Catholic Church has broken out, and the first battlefield is a document on family values that pits increasingly alarmed conservatives against more progressive bishops emboldened by Pope Francis' vision of a church that is more merciful than moralistic.
Catholic bishops signaled a radical shift in tone Monday about accepting gays into the church, saying they had gifts to offer and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexual couples with "precious" support.
As dawn cracked the morning sky, the first light of Wednesday found hundreds of sick, disabled and desperate pilgrims lined up outside the Tam Tu Buddhist Temple, hoping to be healed. Many of them had been there all night.
The Rev. Perry T. Sukstorf, Redeemer Lutheran Church: Many Christians are familiar with the Epistle to the Hebrews written to the Hebrew Christians in Rome. Especially its encouraging passages about our faith and the faith of those who have gone before us; that "great cloud of witnesses."
Jeff Barlow told Jackson County jurors that Couzens’ claims that Monsignor Thomas O’Brien sexually abused four altar boys, including Barlow, as a group in the early 1980s at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Independence were false.
This weekend, the debate over whether it could be Jesus’ burial shroud takes center stage. Forty experts, scientists and enthusiasts are introducing the latest research surrounding the revered fabric at an international four-day conference.