In Brief: Christian Legal Society v. Martinez
On April 19, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, a case that will determine whether a public institution can refuse to officially recognize a religiously based organization that prevents those who do not share its religious and moral values from becoming voting members. The Pew Forum provides a brief overview of the case's path to the Supreme Court and the arguments that the parties are likely to make when they appear before the justices.
Broad Criticism of Pope Benedict's Handling of Sex Abuse Scandal
Amid new revelations of sexual abuse in the Church, Pope Benedict's ratings for handling the scandal have plummeted. A joint report by the Pew Forum and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press finds that only about one-in-ten (12%) say the pope has done an excellent or good job in addressing the sex abuse scandal; 71% say he has done a poor or only fair job.
|April 5, 2010 - USA Today|
Don't say 'social justice'
In an opinion column for USA Today
, Presbyterian pastor Henry G. Brinton discusses the challenges that religious leaders today face when they address social problems that also have political implications. He cites a 2008 Pew Forum study
that found that 52% of Americans say that churches should keep out of politics.