| Aug 8, 2013
| 6:23 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — This is, after all, the City of St. Francis. So when a shrine named in his honor announced plans to build a repository for pet ashes in a catacomb-like hollow under the stairs of its 19th-century church, many animal lovers were...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 4:48 PM
The Internet can be a source of information and illumination, but for some it's also a cause for worry, and in some cases, a loss of faith, as one Mormon man discovered.
Hans Mattsson, a "solid believer" in his faith, began to have doubts after...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 9:54 AM
"I see from the standpoint of Christian orthodoxy. This means that for me the meaning of life is centered in our Redemption by Christ and what I see in the world I see in its relation to that.” James Dobson? Pat Robertson? No, these sentences were...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 3:57 PM
Religion may be good for the soul, but there's now evidence it's good for a healthy mind, too.
A study by researchers in Canada has discovered that regular attendance at religious services can provide "significant protection against depression" —...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 12:13 PM
The Supreme Court's decisions to strike down the Defense Of Marriage Act and reject a lawsuit aimed at upholding California's Proposition 8 have caused jubilation among gay-rights supporters and anger among opponents of gay marriage.
| Jul 1, 2013
| 1:20 PM
Paul F. Spigelmire, a Lutherville real estate agent, died June 16 of an apparent heart attack while vacationing in Indonesia. He was 61.
Mr. Spigelmire, who was visiting a daughter who is a Foreign Service officer, was snorkeling off the shores of Dili,...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 5:19 AM
In suburban Atlanta, northern Idaho and a number of other places, churches have moved swiftly to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America in protest over the vote last month to let openly gay boys participate in Scouting.
To date, it's far from the...
| Jun 2, 2013
| 8:17 AM
At 6 p.m. June 2, Orlando Catholic Diocese Bishop will celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ -- also known as Corpus Christi -- with a procession from St. James Cathedral, 215 N. Orange Ave., in Orlando.
Noonan, holding a...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 11:20 AM
Dr. Vernon F. Ottenritter, a retired Baltimore dentist and World War II veteran, died Monday at his Timonium home from complications of a fall. He was 87.
Vernon Francis Ottenritter was born in Baltimore and raised on Springfield Avenue in the city's Pen...
| May 24, 2013
| 12:24 PM
Were early Christians really persecuted for their beliefs? The popular image is of them being thrown to the lions and having to meet in secret, but an author is challenging what she calls the "myth" of Christian persecution.
Candida Moss, who is...
| May 24, 2013
| 5:35 AM
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — After lengthy and wrenching debate, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to open their ranks to openly gay boys for the first time, but heated reactions from the left and right made clear that the BSA's...