The Slingshot: Mormon scandal; Stormy Daniels; The last rhino

A former missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has accused a Mormon church leader of sexual misconduct; a recorded interview suggests he denies her allegation of rape but admits to unspecified sexual misconduct with other women, including at least one other missionary. Photo courtesy of Pixabay 

Need to know: Thursday, March 22, 2018

Scandal

Retired Mormon mission president admits he molested a female missionary

Former Missionary Training Center President Joseph L. Bishop, who is now in his mid-80s, admitted to a history of sexual misconduct in a recorded interview. His son is casting doubt on the accuser. More from Religion News Service

Stormy weather

With White Evangelicals, Trump Weathers Stormy Daniels Saga

News of Donald Trump’s alleged pre-presidential affair with the adult film actress hasn’t significantly dented his standing over time with white evangelical Christian voters. More from Morning Consult

Sad day

The last male rhino of its kind dies. African religious leaders call it a spiritual loss.

“I feel as if we have neglected our duty as stewards of creation and should have done more for this species,” said a Roman Catholic conservationist priest from Kenya. More from Religion News Service

Relative distinction

Survey: Protestant church diversity ‘heading in the right direction’

More than 4 in 5 Protestant pastors say their congregations are predominantly made up of one racial or ethnic group. More from Religion News Service

More to do

Archbishop of Canterbury: Church has failed to protect children from abuse

The archbishop said reading about abuse and listening to survivors was particularly painful because the church had failed victims of abuse by Anglican priest. More from Religion News Service

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About the author

Jack Jenkins

Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.

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