Belief Beat
July 2010 Archives

Three months after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion, BP seems to have gotten oil to stop gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Assuming all those prayers have been answered and the cap holds, the faith-based focus seems to be shifting to the clean-up […]

I’ve found a working YouTube link, so that’s fixed for now. (Please post in the Comments section if it stops working, and I’ll find another one again.) It’s a matter of global Jewish blogosphere debate whether this YouTube video of a Holocaust survivor […]

(My toddler somehow deleted my first post on this, minutes after it went live, but I’ve managed to resurrect most if it from my iPhone. Apologies if you’re reading this twice.) Members of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod have elected a new president — the […]

Updated at 3:30 p.m. EST to add reaction roundup links. The Vatican has issued its revised church guidelines, clarifying how clergy abuse should be handled (along with other forbidden acts, such as ordaining women). Based on the Associated Press, The New York Times, On Faith, and a […]

Bristol Palin, the famous Alaskan teen-mom-turned-abstinence-advocate, and Levi Johnston, her baby’s father who has carved out his own niche in the spotlight (posing for Playgirl, giving salacious interviews about Sarah Palin, etc.) – those crazy kids are trying to make it work again. […]

It’s been six months since the earthquake devastated Haiti, and as I had cynically predicted back in February, the story has all but disappeared from the headlines. (Though, to our credit, it did take the monumental Gulf of Mexico oil […]

The Church of England, the home base of the global Anglican Communion, has moved closer to approving female bishops, more than 30 years after its U.S. Episcopal Church began ordaining women. (The CoE began ordaining women priests in 1994; Anglican […]

The Swiss have just denied the U.S. government’s request to extradite Oscar-winning filmmaker and accused child rapist Roman Polanski, apparently on a legal technicality. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has weighed in, denouncing the decision: This […]

Presbyterian leaders voted to allow gay clergy, but not gay marriage, during the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly last week. But PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly reports that the measure now goes to the presbyteries, or local juriscdictions, which have previously rejected […]

There were a lot of quirky religion news stories with serious undertones this week, ranging from a cussing Catholic priest ministering to Mexican gangsters to the appointment of a Muslim mayor in a strongly Orthodox Jewish suburb of New York City. Iran […]