Religion

  • Wisconsin congregations forge ahead after historic fractures in the United Methodist Church

    Wisconsin is home to nearly 400 member congregations of the United Methodist Church. More than 40 congregations in the state recently left the church in the wake of fractures over LGBTQ+ policies.

    Wisconsin congregations forge ahead after historic fractures in the United Methodist Church
  • Wisconsin sexual abuse case against defrocked Cardinal McCarrick suspended

    A Wisconsin judge suspended charges against defrocked Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, accused of sexually assaulting a boy in the 1970s.

    Wisconsin sexual abuse case against defrocked Cardinal McCarrick suspended
  • Wisconsin Catholic leaders stress that the church still doesn’t recognize gay marriage

    Wisconsin’s Catholic leaders are stressing that Pope Francis’s declaration that priests can bless same sex couples has not changed the church’s definition of marriage. Earlier this week, the pope issued a declaration that priests can offer spontaneous blessings to those who seek them, including to same-sex couples. While many regard the announcement a major tonal…

    Wisconsin Catholic leaders stress that the church still doesn’t recognize gay marriage
  • Wisconsin Catholics say pope’s punishment of Cardinal Burke follows years of conflict

    Some Wisconsin Catholics say it’s not surprising to see Pope Francis take action against Wisconsin-native Cardinal Raymond Burke. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that two people briefed on the measures say Francis has decided to revoke Burke’s right to a Vatican apartment and salary. One of the sources said Francis had reasoned that Burke…

    Wisconsin Catholics say pope’s punishment of Cardinal Burke follows years of conflict
  • Pope takes action against leading critic Cardinal Raymond Burke

    Pope Francis has decided to take measures to punish Cardinal Raymond Burke, who is one of his highest-ranking critics. Two people briefed on the measures say Francis has decided to revoke Burke’s right to a Vatican apartment and salary. Burke’s secretary says he hasn’t received any notification of the measures. One of the people briefed…

    Pope takes action against leading critic Cardinal Raymond Burke
  • Northwoods tribal leader reflects on 40th anniversary of court protecting treaty rights

    This year marks the 40th anniversary of a landmark ruling that reaffirmed the 1837 treaty rights of a northern Wisconsin tribe to hunt, fish and gather on ceded territory. In 1983, two brothers from the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Fred and Mike Tribble, were arrested for spearfishing outside the boundaries of…

    Northwoods tribal leader reflects on 40th anniversary of court protecting treaty rights
  • Many ghost hunters see their work as a ‘pioneering scientific effort,’ Wisconsin author explains

    The mainstream scientific community might marginalize ghost hunting, but a Wisconsin author who studies paranormal investigators said many within the profession see their work as a “pioneering scientific effort.” Marc Eaton heads the sociology and anthropology department at Ripon College, and he wrote the book “Sensing Spirits: Paranormal Investigation and the Social Construction of Ghosts.”…

    Many ghost hunters see their work as a ‘pioneering scientific effort,’ Wisconsin author explains
  • Sen. Ron Johnson: Keep aid to Israel and Ukraine in separate bills

    While expressing support for Israel and Ukraine, Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson also cautioned against “massive, ill-defined” aid packages that combine separate conflicts and stand to balloon the national debt. Johnson on Thursday joined Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Morning Show,” where he said he wants to listen to what Israel needs in its fight against…

    Sen. Ron Johnson: Keep aid to Israel and Ukraine in separate bills
  • Milwaukee Jewish and Muslim film festivals coincide with war abroad

    Every fall, Milwaukee’s Muslim and Jewish communities hold film festivals showcasing movies centered on their cultures. This year, the Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival and the Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival are coinciding with the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war and the strain and fear it is creating in both communities. Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival Janan Najeeb,…

    Milwaukee Jewish and Muslim film festivals coincide with war abroad
  • Wisconsinites with ties to Israel, Palestine feel unease and frustration over rhetoric around war

    Rabbi Josh Herman leads Hillel Milwaukee, an organization for Jewish college students. He and his staff have been working to support students who are grieving after Hamas militants killed hundreds of Israelis on Oct. 7, launching the ongoing armed conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Herman, who has dual citizenship in the U.S. and…

    Wisconsinites with ties to Israel, Palestine feel unease and frustration over rhetoric around war