HELENA — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is asking a judge to approve an agreement with its insurers that would provide the bulk of the funding for a proposed settlement with hundreds of people who say they were sexually abused by clergy.
Because we have letters to the editor, and I am the editor, I read a lot of commentary about issues as diverse as trapping to taxation.
WASHINGTON — To understand why religious freedom matters, put yourself in the position of someone who is part of a minority faith tradition in a town or nation that overwhelmingly adheres to a different creed. Then judge public practices by how they would affect the hypothetical you.
LARAMIE, Wyo. — As a young, single woman in graduate school, Sally Palmer was attacked by a man asking for directions while on her daily run.
The Women of Faith Tour kicked off this weekend in Billings, with more than 3,000 women at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark gathering to "refresh, reignite, restore, recharge and revive" their Christian faith.
Andrew Akerstrom woke up late one evening in a cell at the Yellowstone County jail knowing that God was speaking to him.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Federal government lawyers are opposing a request from Catholic organizations in Wyoming for a court order to block the birth control coverage requirement in the federal health care overhaul.
WASHINGTON — Religion makes a lot of mistakes.
WASHINGTON — Christianity has often been used over the centuries to prop up the powerful. But from the beginning, the Christian message has been subversive of political systems, judgmental toward those at the top, and demanding of all who take it seriously.
By any standard Pope Francis’ Brazil trip was a great success. Enthusiastic crowds clogged the routes of the papal motorcade and reportedly more than a million people were present for the pope’s final Mass on Copacabana beach. The media no less than Catholic pilgrims seemed enchanted by the …
Some say it will take a miracle for Congress to pass common-sense immigration reform. That miracle may be in the making, helped along by Christians who want to put their faith into action.
WASHINGTON — Whenever I write sympathetically about religion, I get bombarded by tweets and notes from readers who normally agree with me but cannot abide the idea that religious belief should be seen as intellectually serious.
Republicans have long portrayed themselves as the party of faith, and religious practice is a reliable indicator of political behavior. Among voters who attend worship services more than once a week, 63 percent backed Mitt Romney last fall, while 36 percent supported President Barack Obama. …
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis is proving himself to be a genuinely holy man, a brilliant politician and a leader who knows that reform requires a keen understanding of how creating a better future demands sophisticated invocations of the past.
Once the dust settles from Egypt’s military coup last week, the main victim won’t be President Mohamed Morsi or the Islamists. The real casualty will be democracy and people’s faith in it. Egyptians will have lost their best chance at being an active part of their country’s governance in mor…
WASHINGTON — You wanted Father Andrew Greeley as your friend and not your enemy. You got the sense he was born with his fists up and his loyalties fully formed. He was ready to do battle at the first signs of disrespect toward those he cared about.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Search for the Rev. Adam Hamilton on Facebook and you’ll likely get two seemingly identical pages to choose from.
WASHINGTON — What do the Roman Catholic Church and the American political system have in common? Both are divided into factions that neither trust nor understand each other, and both confront a crisis of governance.