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April 13th, 2010
03:53 PM ET

U.S. church attendance steady but makeup changing

Church attendance rates by Christians in the United States have stayed largely steady since the 1970s, but there have been some significant changes in the makeup of the congregations in the pews during that time, a recently released study says.

"There is a small decline in church attendance over time, but not nearly as large as suggested in popular culture, or even by some social scientists," said University of Nebraska-Lincoln sociologist Philip Schwadel, who conducted the study. The study was based on the responses from nearly 41,000 Americans from 1972 to 2006.

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Filed under: Christianity • Faith

April 13th, 2010
03:21 PM ET

Priest calls for pope's resignation

The phones are ringing off the hook at the parish of St. Michael's Church, where the Rev. James Scahill called in a sermon last weekend for the pope to resign over the church's sexual abuse scandal.

Pope Benedict XVI has found himself tied to the crisis after news broke last month that 30 years ago, when he was an archbishop, he approved accommodations in his diocese for a priest accused of child sex abuse so the priest could undergo therapy.

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Filed under: Catholic Church

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