Belief Beat
August 2010 Archives

The investigation of Catholic Church clergy sex abuse has hit a new low/high in Belgium, where secular authorities raided church headquarters earlier this summer: the release of tapes from an April 8 meeting in which retired Cardinal Godfried Danneels advised a victim, now […]

Glenn Beck held his “Restoring Honor” rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, the 47th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. The news reports before, during and after the events makes it pretty […]

Five years after Hurricane Katrina all but destroyed a pine forest owned by St. Joseph Abbey, the Benedictine monks have been trying to turn lemons into lemonade — in this case, damaged timber into hand-crafted caskets — to raise funds. Unfortunately, they found themselves […]

Mother Teresa would have turned 100 today — an event celebrated with a Mass in Calcutta, India, where she devoted her life to the poor — and some Catholics are upset that the Empire State Buliding won’t be lighting up in blue and white in […]

Updated to add Gallup’s pro-life poll results. A U.S. district judge has granted a preliminary injunction to stop federal funding of embryonic stem cell research that destroys embryos, a blow to the Obama administration, which plans to appeal the decision. Some […]

As the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” (neither at Ground Zero, nor a mosque) controversy has raged on, fellow Greek Americans have been urging me to instead write about St. Nicholas, the Ground Zero church (no qualifier needed) destroyed on 9/11. Here’s […]

As requested, here’s a roundup of links regarding the Military Religous Freedom Foundation’s investigation of claims that dozens of soldiers have been punished for opting out of attending a religious concert series at Fort Eustis in Virginia, organized by Maj. Gen. James E. […]

(Updated to add vuvuzela ban.) Pope Benedict will embark on the first official papal visit to England and Scotland in a few weeks, and organizers have released a list of what is allowed and not allowed at the large-scale gatherings in London […]

Updated: Check out what else applies to 1 in 5 Americans, over at my Huffington Post column. First, the not-so-fun news: The Rev. Franklin Graham went on CNN and perpetuated the misconception that President Obama was born Muslim because his absentee father’s family […]

Updated: Check out what else applies to 1 in 5 Americans, over at my Huffington Post column. I thought I was just being a little snarky in my last post about Park51 (the not at Ground Zero, not a mosque proposal ) when I […]