| Jan 1, 2014
| 7:23 PM
A Roman Catholic order of nuns who care for the elderly poor was hopeful Wednesday after the Supreme Court temporarily blocked an Obamacare provision that would have required it to authorize birth control coverage for employees starting with the new year....
| Jan 4, 2014
Pope Francis recently reaffirmed that religious freedom is "a fundamental human right" and warned against the impulse to "relegate [religions] to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues or mosques." The freedom of religion cannot be reduced to...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 6:38 AM
Cable network A&E said on Friday it was bringing back family patriarch Phil Robertson to the hit reality show "Duck Dynasty" after fans protested his suspension over anti-gay remarks and big-name corporate sponsors stuck by the series.
| Jan 3, 2014
| 11:59 AM
The final wheeze of Obamacare news that crossed the wires in 2013 was a New Year's Eve emergency injunction granted by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for a group of Catholic nuns who operate nursing homes in Denver and Baltimore.
At first blush,...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 4:05 PM
It will take more than doctors, judges and medical records to convince Nailah Winkfield that her child is dead.
Winkfield's 13-year-old daughter, Jahi McMath, entered an Oakland hospital for tonsil surgery three weeks ago and wound up on life support....
| Jan 5, 2014
Re "Deep division persists on birth control," Jan. 3
Where will it end? Even as wondrous advances in medicine have continually improved our health, various religions have striven to inject their beliefs into doctor-patient relationships.
| Jan 6, 2014
| 4:08 PM
Bacon is an American obsession, up there with the bikini and binge TV watching.
Strips of delicious, smoky pig are no longer just a humble companion to eggs.
Last year Central Florida hosted two bacon festivals, with bacon Popsicles and bacon jam....
| Jan 8, 2014
| 4:04 PM
Can a person who isn't religious thoroughly enjoy religion? It's a question I've been asking myself since I fulfilled a lifelong desire to attend a midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.
It was raining, but after short walk, I walked in to a packed Victorian...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 6:33 AM
As 2013 ended, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints addressed its racist past, which until 1978 barred blackmen from Mormon priesthood. Max Perry Moeller, a writer for the Religion & Politics website, writes about the decision to confront a...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 9:21 PM
Potentially reigniting a contentious cultural battle, two Los Angeles County supervisors are proposing including an image of a cross in the county's official seal.
In a motion filed Tuesday, Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Don Knabe called for...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:28 AM
American mothers are choosing to breast-feed their babies in increasing numbers, with about 77% of infants being breast-fed at some point. Public breast-feeding is becoming more socially acceptable — but does that include church?