Joshua Dubois, executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, speaks during an interfaith meeting at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome Oct. 12. The meeting, organized by the U.S. Embassy to the Vatica n, brought together Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders as bishops from across the Middle East gathered for a special synod.
Catholic News Service
Since the creation under President George W. Bush of what is now known as the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the formal collaboration of government and religious institutions has steadily expanded, though not without growing pains.
A set of guidelines issued by the Office of Management and Budget aims to clarify some of the areas that have, at times, appeared to be a little muddy. For example, the guidance changes the term for what kind of religious activity cannot be conducted in a government-funded program from “inherently religious” to “explicitly religious” and offers examples.