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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Mark Driscoll: Mars Hill problems have been "overwhelming and a bit confusing"

"Saying he wanted to give the church an update on 'one of the deepest learning seasons' of his life, Mark Driscoll delivered a 30 minute video message via the Mars Hill weekly update yesterday."

PATHEOS

Timothy Egan: God's busy summer

People who have taken faith and transformed it into fanaticism are invoking God's name to wage their political causes, often in atrociously immoral fashion. Now, five justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seem to believe they need to invoke his name as well. 

NEW YORK TIMES

Pope Francis: About 1 in 50 priests are paedophiles

"Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that reliable data indicates that 'about 2%' of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles. The Pope said that abuse of children was like "leprosy" infecting the Church, according to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper."

BBC

Louisiana high court opens up religious confession evidence

Catholics in Louisiana are furious about the ruling in a civil lawsuit that may lead to a priest being ordered to testify about a confession he heard.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Pope promises to hold bishops accountable for sexual abuse

Pope Francis promises that bishops will be accountable for the protection of minors and begs forgiveness from victims of clergy sex abuse Monday during his first meeting with six abuse survivors in Vatican City.

SEATTLE TIMES

Mars Hill church lays off staff

A newsletter to members tells about "the very tough decision to transition a number of people." 

SEATTLEPI.COM

Hobby Lobby decision stymies church efforts to fight birth control coverage

The findings in the decision suggest that the court will rule that the administration is giving fair treatment to the church groups fighting Obamacare coverage of contraception.

WASHINGTON POST

New York church leadership may shut down parish saying Latin masses

An archdiocesan official questions whether there is any need for a special church devoted to services in Latin.

NEW YORK TIMES

Mormon Church excommunicates 'Ordain Women' founder for advocating priesthood for women

Mormon Church excommunicates the founder of Ordain Women, a group calling attention to gender inequality in the church and the need for women to be ordained into priesthood, in Virginia on Monday.

NEW YORK TIMES

America's most popular religions by state (besides Christianity)

The Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies found that Islam is the second most popular religion in 20 states, while Judaism is the second largest religion in the District of Columbia and 14 states. 

BOSTON.COM
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