CHURCH - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/CHURCH News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Black Mormon pioneers — a rich but forgotten legacy of faith http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198497-78/black-mormon-flake-says.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198497-78/black-mormon-flake-says.html.csp">Black Mormon pioneers — a rich but forgotten legacy of faith</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Peggy Fletcher Stack</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T09:42:08.86-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 09:42AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Green Flake was in the vanguard company of Mormon pioneers in 1847, driving a wagon into the Salt Lake Valley with LDS prophet Brigham Young, who famously declared Utah to be the right place to build Zion. But you won’t likely see a figure of Flake atop any floats in Thursday’s Days of ’47 Parade as they glide down the streets of Utah’s capital. That could be because Flake’s story is unfamiliar to the vast majority of Mormons. Or because the South Carolina-born convert’s narrative is, well, a ta...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58198497@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:42:08 MDT Letter: Let people make their choices http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58198222-82/church-equal-july-sltrib.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58198222-82/church-equal-july-sltrib.html.csp">Letter: Let people make their choices</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T17:33:43.468-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 05:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Here we go. Jim Birrell (“Fair means equal,” July 17) says Charlene Pineda (“Church treats me fairly,” July 15) cannot be equal in her church because she is “dependent upon a man’s righteousness to bless her and her family.” Jim, why do you have to chime in here? Charlene sounds like an intelligent, nice lady (of 70 years) who isn’t hurting you or your family. She stated her experience and writes that her church should not be of concern to others. I agree. It’s her life, her choice. Why ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58198222@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:33:43 MDT Letter: Why no church support for DUP, SUP? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58194396-82/church-dup-sup-members.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58194396-82/church-dup-sup-members.html.csp">Letter: Why no church support for DUP, SUP?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T16:27:02.355-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 04:27PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I was shocked to learn that the LDS Church doesn’t spend one nickel to support the Sons or Daughters of Utah Pioneers organizations. Not a cent! Our ancestors made all this develop here. Many died. It was a hardship to “grow” this desert state and start the spread of the Mormon religion worldwide. Wow! What the heck (to use the Utah phrase). Almost all members of DUP and SUP are Mormons. How did this happen? Why does it continue? Most members also are on fixed incomes. Come on. Do the right thin...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58194396@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:27:02 MDT Could Mormon church excommunicate Shurtleff, Swallow? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58191132-180/church-mormon-disciplinary-lds.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58191132-180/church-mormon-disciplinary-lds.html.csp">Could Mormon church excommunicate Shurtleff, Swallow?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T16:39:43.938-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 04:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">On the heels of Mormon feminist Kate Kelly’s recent excommunication for “conduct contrary to the laws and order” of the LDS Church, a new question has emerged: Could former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff lose their Mormon memberships, too? The short answer is yes. If convicted, the two prominent LDS politicians, who now face 21 felony charges between them, could end up in disciplinary councils before Mormon leaders in Sandy. After all, according to LDS Handbook 1, which s...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58191132@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:39:43 MDT Abraham to blacks to Brigham — Mormon essays confront tough questions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58183736-180/church-essay-lds-tribune.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58183736-180/church-essay-lds-tribune.html.csp">Abraham to blacks to Brigham — Mormon essays confront tough questions</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-14T17:11:00.098-06:00">Updated Jul 14, 2014 05:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">They have tackled touchy topics: Did Mormons really abandon polygamy in 1890? Did Brigham Young order the Mountain Meadows Massacre? Do Latter-day Saints believe a man can become like God? These are just some of the prickly questions confronted in a string of provocative essays released in the past half year or so by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The aim of these articles is to help devout members, skeptical outsiders and even committed critics better understand the sometimes...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58183736@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:11:00 MDT Letter: Shurtleff, Swallow and ‘the Utah way’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58190046-82/utah-medicaid-shurtleff-swallow.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58190046-82/utah-medicaid-shurtleff-swallow.html.csp">Letter: Shurtleff, Swallow and ‘the Utah way’</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T11:27:32.368-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 11:27AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Take a state, like Utah, controlled by an ultra-conservative religion like the LDS Church. Add a political caucus/convention system controlled by a very few thousand ultra-conservative LDS Church members who nominate the Republican candidates for public office, who then win the elections because they vote and most other Utahns don’t because they have given up. And you have, voila, Shurtleff and Swallow. Another victory for Gayle Ruzicka, who knows the system and works it well. What to do about...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58190046@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:27:32 MDT Letter: Fair treatment means equal treatment http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58191159-82/church-equal-mormon-woman.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58191159-82/church-equal-mormon-woman.html.csp">Letter: Fair treatment means equal treatment</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T11:27:32.462-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 11:27AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Charlene Pineda (“Church treats me fairly,” July 15) affirms her own experience of fairness as a Mormon woman. Although she admits that she has not always lived the tenets of Mormonism, and has had to seek counsel from her bishop, she states she has never been treated unfairly, condescendingly, or lesser than any man would have in the same circumstances. I might be more convinced of her argument on the day when she, as a Mormon woman, is no longer dependent upon a man in authority to counsel wit...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58191159@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:27:32 MDT Speak of the devil — Church of England drops Satan from baptism rite http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58187252-80/devil-england-service-church.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58187252-80/devil-england-service-church.html.csp">Speak of the devil — Church of England drops Satan from baptism rite</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TREVOR GRUNDY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Religion News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T16:48:49.56-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 04:48PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Canterbury, England • While Christians waited to learn whether the Church of England would approve the consecration of women bishops, the church’s governing body — the General Synod — quietly voted to drop all future references to the devil in a new baptism service. The simplified wording was written after priests said the traditional service was unnecessarily complex and might confuse people who are not regular churchgoers. In the traditional service, godparents are asked whether they are ready...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58187252@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:48:49 MDT Letter: I’ve always been treated fairly as LDS woman http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58182914-82/church-lds-anne-stockholm.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58182914-82/church-lds-anne-stockholm.html.csp">Letter: I’ve always been treated fairly as LDS woman</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T09:05:02.437-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 09:05AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I am a Mormon woman. I have been a member of the LDS Church all my life (70 years). It never ceases to amaze me how hysterical some people are about the church. Anne Albaugh (“LDS women suffer Stockholm syndrome,” July 11) suggests we are captives of evil-doers (priesthood holders) and should run for our lives. I ask, why? In all my years of participation in the church, there are times I have not lived the tenets of my religion fully. I have been a non-tithe payer. I have had need to counsel wit...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58182914@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:05:02 MDT Church of England votes to allow women bishops http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58184328-68/church-women-bishops-england.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58184328-68/church-women-bishops-england.html.csp">Church of England votes to allow women bishops</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MATTHEW KNIGHT</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-14T21:10:51.812-06:00">Updated Jul 14, 2014 09:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">London • The Church of England ended one of its longest and most divisive disputes Monday with an overwhelming vote in favor of allowing women to become bishops. The church’s national assembly, known as the General Synod, voted for the historic measure, reaching the required two-thirds majority in each of its three different houses. In total, 351 members of the three houses approved of the move. Only 72 voted against and 10 abstained. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said the long-awaited ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581843282014-07-14T21:10:51.812-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-14T21:10:51.812-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58184328@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:10:51 MDT Pope Francis raises eyebrows, says pedophile priests include ‘bishops and cardinals’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58183053-80/pope-abuse-church-vatican.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58183053-80/pope-abuse-church-vatican.html.csp">Pope Francis raises eyebrows, says pedophile priests include ‘bishops and cardinals’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOSEPHINE MCKENNA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Religion News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-14T16:41:46.665-06:00">Updated Jul 14, 2014 04:41PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Vatican City • Pope Francis has provoked a debate within the Catholic Church after being quoted as saying that one in 50 Catholic clerics is a pedophile. In the latest example of his get-tough stance against sex abuse — and his signature style of frank answers to tough questions — the pope told the Italian daily La Repubblica that the sexual abuse of children was like “leprosy” in the church, and he pledged to “confront it with the severity it requires.” But the exclusive interview with 90-year-...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58183053@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:41:46 MDT Church of England approves women bishops in historic vote http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58183914-80/church-women-bishops-bishop.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58183914-80/church-women-bishops-bishop.html.csp">Church of England approves women bishops in historic vote</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TREVOR GRUNDY and FREDRICK NZWILI</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Religion News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T14:10:07.351-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 02:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Canterbury, England • After 20 years of turmoil and angry debate, the General Synod of the Church of England said “yes” Monday to women bishops. The first could be named by year’s end with the appointment of at least three additional women sometime in 2015, say senior church officials. The General Synod is the three-tier governing body of the Church of England. It is made up of bishops, clergy and laity. At a meeting in York, the General Synod gave final approval to legislation introducing the c...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58183914@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:10:07 MDT Church of England votes in favor of women bishops http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58182347-68/church-england-bishops-favor.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58182347-68/church-england-bishops-favor.html.csp">Church of England votes in favor of women bishops</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-14T10:18:53.771-06:00">Updated Jul 14, 2014 10:18AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">London • The Church of England has voted to allow women to enter its top ranks as bishops. The Church’s national assembly, known as the General Synod, approved the historic measure at its meeting in York in northern England Monday. A total of 351 members of the Synod’s three different houses voted in favor of the measure, while 72 voted against and 10 abstained. The measure had the support of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Prime Minister David Cameron. The vote comes two years after s...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581823472014-07-14T10:18:53.771-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-14T10:18:53.771-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58182347@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:18:53 MDT Immigrants flock to see statue of beloved saint http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58180707-68/saint-statue-gonzalez-romo.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58180707-68/saint-statue-gonzalez-romo.html.csp">Immigrants flock to see statue of beloved saint</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-13T19:35:55.417-06:00">Updated Jul 13, 2014 07:35PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Los Angeles • Immigrants are flocking to churches in Southern California to see a wooden statue of a saint cherished by border-crossers who make the perilous journey to the United States. The 4-foot-tall statue of Santo Toribio Romo Gonzalez was flown from the Mexican state of Jalisco and is making stops in churches in three California counties, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. Many immigrants say Romo Gonzalez has appeared to them during difficult moments on their journeys north, with so...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58180707@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:35:55 MDT Editorial: LDS commitment to downtown now bearing fruit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58175045-82/downtown-center-church-commitment.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58175045-82/downtown-center-church-commitment.html.csp">Editorial: LDS commitment to downtown now bearing fruit</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-13T09:38:01.971-06:00">Updated Jul 13, 2014 09:38AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Five years ago there wasn’t much to do on Salt Lake City’s Main Street unless you wanted to buy a kilt from Edinburgh Castle. From the giant craters next to Temple Square to the empty storefronts stretching south, the city’s historic central business district looked war-torn. But downtown never lost its support system, including its largest institutional resident, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the middle of the Great Recession — when virtually no one in the country was w...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58175045@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:38:01 MDT Letter: LDS women suffer Stockholm syndrome http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58174144-82/church-stockholm-syndrome-captors.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58174144-82/church-stockholm-syndrome-captors.html.csp">Letter: LDS women suffer Stockholm syndrome</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-13T12:59:20.597-06:00">Updated Jul 13, 2014 12:59PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">To all the women of the Mormon church: Face facts. You are suffering from Stockholm syndrome, explained as a positive feeling toward your captors, often to the point of defending and identifying with them. Don’t think they are your captors? Think again. There are the many things you are expected to perform willingly and without stint or complaint, all without a commitment of full participation. If your priesthood holder or bishop finds you lacking, you can be threatened with the wrath of God. Do...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58174144@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:59:20 MDT Church of England set to vote on women bishops http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58171705-80/women-bishops-england-synod.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58171705-80/women-bishops-england-synod.html.csp">Church of England set to vote on women bishops</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TREVOR GRUNDY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Religion News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-10T18:27:01.789-06:00">Updated Jul 10, 2014 06:27PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Canterbury, England • Women’s rights activists greeted with delight signs the Church of England is poised to relent and allow women to be consecrated as bishops. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will preside over a historic General Synod meeting at the University of York when a make-or-break vote on the subject is expected Monday. “We’re there at long last,” American–born Christina Rees, one of the church’s leading women’s rights campaigners, said Thursday. Supporters of female bishops are ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58171705@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:27:01 MDT After Mormon excommunication, Kate Kelly hurting but ‘joyful’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58162858-180/kelly-church-ordain-women.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/58162858-180/kelly-church-ordain-women.html.csp">After Mormon excommunication, Kate Kelly hurting but ‘joyful’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-09T09:48:35.248-06:00">Updated Jul 9, 2014 09:48AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It’s been two weeks since her local Mormon leaders excommunicated Kate Kelly from the LDS Church. So what has the Ordain Women founder been up to since then? Well, besides a series of media interviews, Kelly says she’s been “focusing on positive self-care.” “I have made it a point to spend time with family, go on many bike rides, and surround myself with true and stalwart friends,” she writes in a blog posted Tuesday on the Ordain Women website. “Amid the sadness and pain I have experienced, I’v...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58162858@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:48:35 MDT Letter: Pope shouldn’t ask forgiveness http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58165469-82/abuse-forgiveness-pope-victims.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58165469-82/abuse-forgiveness-pope-victims.html.csp">Letter: Pope shouldn’t ask forgiveness</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-09T17:11:02.398-06:00">Updated Jul 9, 2014 05:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">On July 7 Pope Francis met with six victims of sexual abuse committed by clerics of the Roman Catholic church. During that meeting the Pope asked for forgiveness for the abuse committed by Roman Catholic clergy. From my perspective, being a survivor of sexual abuse, asking for forgiveness is asking to absolve the perpetrators of their crimes. Forgiveness is severing the chains that keep victims bound to the past. What the Pope should be doing is apologizing for the behavior of the perpetrators ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58165469@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:11:02 MDT Mormon missionary numbers to rise — and then fall http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58146904-78/evans-missionary-missionaries-church.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58146904-78/evans-missionary-missionaries-church.html.csp">Mormon missionary numbers to rise — and then fall</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By peggy Fletcher Stack</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-07T13:24:55.754-06:00">Updated Jul 7, 2014 01:24PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">First came the surge. Next comes the settling. The Mormon missionary force began to balloon almost from the moment the LDS Church lowered the service age, jumping from 58,500 then to nearly 86,000 today. That number is expected to plateau at about 88,000 this fall, David F. Evans, head of the Missionary Department, said this week in a video interview on the Utah-based faith’s newsroom website. That two-year surge then will start to slip — as expected. Evans estimates the missionary tally to set...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58146904@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:24:55 MDT