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    1. Ukraine: new Orthodox church gains independence from Moscow This is a follow-up to this previous article: Ukraine announced the leader of a new national church on Saturday, marking an historic...

      Ukraine: new Orthodox church gains independence from Moscow

      This is a follow-up to this previous article: Ukraine announced the leader of a new national church on Saturday, marking an historic split from Russia which its leaders see as vital to the country’s security and independence. It seems it wasn't sufficient for the Ukraine Orthodox Church to choose its own leader; its independence (or autocephaly) had to be formally decreed by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.

      7 votes
    2. Original article in 'The Telegraph': Western Christianity isn't dying out from natural causes. It's dying of suicide. Same article syndicated in 'The Age': Why Western Christianity has a death...

      Original article in 'The Telegraph': Western Christianity isn't dying out from natural causes. It's dying of suicide.

      Same article syndicated in 'The Age': Why Western Christianity has a death wish. (in case the paywall on the Telegraph article blocks you)

      17 votes
    3. Thoughts on religion

      Let's debate religion. I don't think I've seen this topic on Tildes yet and it might be interesting. My country has practically no visible religion - about 10-15% of our population is religious...

      Let's debate religion. I don't think I've seen this topic on Tildes yet and it might be interesting.

      My country has practically no visible religion - about 10-15% of our population is religious (mostly seniors) - and just a fraction of them does those religious thing like going to church. Religion basically doesn't exist here. We have a lot of nice churches, but they mostly aren't used.

      The thing that I think caused this big amount of atheists (agnostics, ...) is that almost noone is raised to believe in God - in our culture, we don't teach religion at all. Kids are taught that religions exist, but they are not pressed to believe in it such as in other parts of world. They choose what to believe. And God isn't the thing people choose for most of the time.

      Whenever I see anything about USA (discussion, film, serial), I frequently see religion there. When I saw it for the first time when I was young, I thought something like "They still have religion there? I thought USA is developed country". I don't think it anymore, I understand better why are people religious, but still - I'd like to know more about more religious cultures and what effect religion have in other countries.

      24 votes
    4. Current news: Catholic News Service: Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is 'inadmissible' British Broadcasting Corporation: Pope Francis declares death penalty inadmissible in all cases...

      Current news:

      Catholic News Service: Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is 'inadmissible'

      British Broadcasting Corporation: Pope Francis declares death penalty inadmissible in all cases

      Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Pope Francis changes teachings to oppose death penalty in all cases

      New York Times: Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases


      The lead-up:

      CNN (3 years ago): Death penalty showdown: The Pope vs. the Supreme Court

      America: The Jesuit Review of Faith & Culture
      (1 year ago): Pope Francis: The death penalty is contrary to the Gospel


      And... a contrary opinion from The Catholic World Report one year ago: Why the Church Cannot Reverse Past Teaching on Capital Punishment

      22 votes