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Hilary Rantisi Joins RLP in New Capacity

October 1, 2019
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We are pleased to welcome Hilary Rantisi as the Associate Director of the Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative and External Relations. Hilary continues to be a Senior Fellow for the Religious Literacy Project and a co-instructor of the annual January term course, Learning in Context: Narratives of Displacment and Belonging

Hilary will take up a senior leadership role in advancing the RCPI (a 4-year joint initiative of the RLP and Harvard Kennedy School) as it...

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Twenty-Seven Educators Attend Third Annual Religious Literacy Summer Institute

September 30, 2019

Twenty-seven educators who work in middle schools, high schools, and community colleges across the United States joined RLP staff and fellows on campus from July 29-August 2 for the third annual Religious Literacy Summer Institute for Educators. During the week-long training, educators were introduced to the RLP’s...

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American Catholics Reel after Sweeping Allegations of Clergy Child Sex Abuse

August 29, 2018
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On August 14, a Pennsylvania grand jury released a sweeping, 1400-page report on clergy child sex abuse in six of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses.

Over the course of two years, the grand jury reviewed over 500,000 subpoenaed internal diocesan documents containing “credible allegations” of clergy sexual abuse of teenage and prepubescent youth—including babies as young as 18 months old.

In all, the grand jury found over 1,000 victims of sex abuse by clergy and named...

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Vatican Death Penalty Ruling Challenges American Policies

August 14, 2018
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In early August, the Vatican released a notice that Pope Francis has changed the catechism of the Catholic Church to reflect a zero-tolerance policy toward the death penalty.

Declaring capital punishment “inadmissible,” Pope Francis closed a loophole that other popes—many of whom also opposed the death penalty—left open for exceptional cases.

“Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding...

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Civil Rights Groups Question New Religious Liberty Task Force

August 4, 2018
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During the Justice Department’s Religious Liberty Summit Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of a “Religious Liberty Task Force” designed to interpret and enforce a set of religious liberty guidelines instituted under the Trump administration.

“A dangerous movement, undetected by many, is now challenging and eroding our great tradition of religious freedom,” Sessions said Monday. “We have gotten to the point where...

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Religious Literacy Project Events

Consult our calendar for the latest Religious Literacy Project lectures, symposia, film screenings, and other events.