Seattle University has announced the two largest single donations in its 124-year history -- a $30 million cash and estate gift as well as a $12 million estate contribution. Both are anonymous.
Faith & Parish
The phone calls and emails have been pouring in at Trail Life USA since Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates said his organization should remove its ban on gay leaders.
"I think this is the major public turning point," said John Stemberger, chairman of Trail Life USA, which bills itself as a Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts. "The handwriting is on the wall."
Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl has issued a new pastoral letter "about who we are as Catholics."
"We will reflect on our identity as disciples of Jesus -- followers of Christ -- adopted children of God," he notes in the introduction.
A key part of the pastoral looks at "our freedom to be who we are as followers of Christ, and some of the challenges of our age as we try to live and share our faith," he says.
A Catholic priest in New Jersey who says he was dismissed from his campus ministry job over a Facebook post against anti-gay bullying and racism has come out as gay.
Fr. Warren Hall told Outsports, a magazine for gay athletes, that while he remained committed to his vocation as a priest and to his vow of celibacy, he was not going to hide his sexual orientation.
"I have to be myself," Hall said. "I can't worry what other people think."
"Religion plays a less important role in American life." Or maybe, "Religion declines as powerful source of American public authority."
I doubt those headlines would have garnered the attention the Pew Research Center recently received with its subtitle "Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population."
Memorial Day: I love my country. I marched in and still cry at parades. My dad was a World War II veteran. But I abhor war.
"The religious fabric of the San Francisco archdiocese has been torn, and it did not need to happen. Intentionally or not, it has been wrenched."
"Bold," "brazen," "courageous," "combative," "timely" and "bombshell" were among descriptions that greeted the appointment of Salvatore Cordileone to San Francisco.
Updated: "The language is softer, but the message is still hurtful and wrong," said a student at one of the archdiocesan high schools.
Members of a Twin Cities youth group seeking a safe space to discuss life as an LGBT person of faith found none at an area Catholic church.