Religion Apr. 25, 2013

Rhode Island May Become 10th State to Legalize Gay Marriage

On April 24, the Rhode Island Senate, by a vote of 26-12, passed a measure that would legalize same-sex marriage in the nation’s smallest state. Because the Senate made some technical changes to the bill, the measure must now go back to the Rhode Island House.

Religion Apr. 23, 2013

Views of Religious Extremism

There are high levels of concern about religious extremism among Muslims in the homelands of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Most Muslims in the region reject violence against civilians.

Religion Apr. 8, 2013

Applying God’s Law: Religious Courts and Mediation in the U.S.

Across the U.S., religious courts operate on a routine, everyday basis. How do some of the country’s major Christian traditions and other religions – including Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism – decide internal matters and apply their religious laws?

Religion Apr. 5, 2013

N.Y., Washington State Consider Bucking Trend on Abortion

The two states consider measures that run counter to a recent, nationwide trend toward imposing more restrictions on abortion.

Religion Apr. 3, 2013

U.S. Catholics Express Favorable Views of Pope

Pope Francis is viewed much more favorably by U.S. Catholics than Pope Benedict XVI was during the early days of his pontificate.

Religion Mar. 20, 2013

Supreme Court Takes Up Gay Marriage

On March 26 and 27, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a pair of potentially groundbreaking same-sex marriage cases.

Religion Mar. 18, 2013

U.S. Catholics Happy with Pope Selection

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say they are happy with the selection of Pope Francis. But they are divided over how big a change he represents for the church.

Religion Mar. 18, 2013

Latin America’s Catholics in the Spotlight

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina will be formally installed as Pope Francis on Tuesday, March 19, becoming the first pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church from Latin America.

Religion Mar. 13, 2013

“Strong” Catholic Identity at a Four-Decade Low

The percentage of U.S. Catholics who consider themselves “strong” members of the Roman Catholic Church has never been lower than it was in 2012. The decline is starker when compared with Protestants.

Religion Mar. 6, 2013

Views of the Catholic Church’s Problems and Contributions

U.S. Catholics see sex abuse as the church’s most important problem and charity as its most important contribution.