Conservative cardinals make pre-emptive strike against any papal thoughts of relaxing Catholic policy on the divorced and remarried. Francis has appointed a special commission to look at ways to make it easier for Roman Catholics to dissolve their marriages in the eyes of the church, “with the objective of simplifying its procedure, making it more streamlined.”
A civil trial is to begin this week in a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by a priest decades ago. Filed by a former altar boy, the lawsuit alleges that the diocese failed to supervise a priest who repeatedly abused him. The Kansas City Star published a three-day series in December 2011 called “The Altar Boys’ Secret” that told the story of Jon David Couzens and the three other altar boys.
The Vatican put its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest Tuesday after opening a criminal trial against him, the first time a high-ranking Vatican official has ever faced criminal charges for sexually abusing youngsters.
Rabbi Mark H. Levin, Congregation Beth Torah: Two biblical Hebrew words translate as "emptiness." One, pronounced "rake," most often means physically empty, as in "Don't appear before me empty-handed" (Exodus 23:15), but may also describe "wicked people," as in Judges 11:3.
Six years into a Democratic administration widely seen as pushing a secular agenda, nearly three-quarters of Americans say religion is losing influence in American life and about half say churches and other religious institutions should express their views on political issues.
Five years in the making, National Geographic’s stunning “Jerusalem” has arrived in Kansas City. The 45-minute film, presented in 3-D on the Extreme Screen at Union Station, is narrated by British star Benedict Cumberbatch and three young women representing the Jewish, Muslim and Christian quarters of the city.
Bishop Blase Cupich, a moderate who has called for civility in the culture wars and has embraced Pope Francis' focus on fighting poverty, will be named the next archbishop of Chicago, The Associated Press has learned.
The Kansas City Star’s Voices of Faith writers, Rabbi Mark H. Levin of Congregation Beth Torah and the Rev. Betty Hanna-Witherspoon, Ebenezer AME Church, reflect on the word “emptiness” and find that it’s more of a modern concept except when talking of pre-Creation chaos.
Sudanese woman tells of ordeal following because she refused to denounce Christianity in the Muslim country. Now living in New Hampshire, she recalls ordeal in prison, including having to give birth while her ankles were still in chains.
Saved by Grace Fellowship in rural Cass County east of Raymore offers hope to people derailed by drugs. The fellowship was started by a couple, Shawna and Kevin Coffman, who saw a need unfilled in their community.