Religion News: Presbyterian Church gives approval on same-sex marriage
WEEK IN RELIGION
The Presbyterian Church (USA) made history earlier this month by changing its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. This decision by the country’s largest Presbyterian organization will take effect on June 21. With almost 1.8 million members, the group is now the biggest Protestant group in the US to endorse gay marriage. In 2011, the Presbyterian Church (USA) made the decision to allow for the ordination of gay pastors, elders and deacons, causing some of the group’s more conservative congregations to disassociate themselves from the denomination.
According to a recent poll conducted by the Equality & Human Rights Commission, UK Christians believe their religion is “losing its place” at the office. About 2,500 people weighed in on the survey, which found that people felt pressured to keep their religion hidden at work, and that some felt discriminated against when wearing religious symbols at work.
‘The Francis Miracle’ by John L. Allen
There is no other organization whose inner workings are more secretive than the Vatican. Now, with a dynamic new leader in Pope Francis, all eyes are upon the church, as this immensely popular Pope seeks to bring the church back from the right to center, in what can almost be described as a populist stance, blurring the lines between politics, religion and culture. With topics including women, finance, scandal, and reform at the fore, never before have so many eyes been upon the church in what could be its defining moment for modern times.
Apocrypha: The Apocrypha are Jewish writings that are included in Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian Old Testaments but excluded from most Protestant ones. Some Protestant Bibles include the Apocrypha as noncanonical writings, though, at the end of the Old Testament or in a separate section.
RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Germany is:
• Protestant: 34 percent
• Roman Catholic: 34 percent
• Muslim: 3.7 percent
• Unaffiliated: 28.3 percent
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