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Outspoken Catholic Bishop Steps Down After Stormy Tenure

posted by aroan

RNS) A Pennsylvania Catholic bishop whose public scoldings of politicians — including Vice President Joe Biden — created a stir nationwide resigned on Monday (Aug. 31), citing stress and lack of confidence in his leadership. Bishop Joseph Martino was appointed […]

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N.J. Pastor Named to Head Progressive National Baptists

posted by aroan

(RNS) A New Jersey pastor has been elected the next general secretary of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. The Rev. Walter Parrish III, senior pastor of Union Baptist Church in Montclair, N.J., was chosen for the position during the historically […]

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New WCC Leader Sees Better Ties to Catholics, Muslims

posted by aroan

GENEVA (RNS/ENI) The new head of the World Council of Churches said the global church group offers a unique network that can forge better relations with the Roman Catholic Church, other Christian groups and Muslims. The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, […]

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Kennedy’s Catholicism Source of Comfort, Conflict

posted by mconsoli

BOSTON – U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy was raised from birth to cherish his Catholicism, and it became both a source of comfort and conflict throughout his life. The son of the country’s most famous Catholic family defied church teachings when […]

Jews Blasts WCC Leader on Israel Comments

posted by mconsoli

GENEVA (RNS/ENI) The American Jewish Committee on Friday (Aug. 28) denounced the World Council of Churches’ outgoing general secretary, the Rev. Samuel Kobia, for his declaration that Israel’s “occupation” of Palestinian territories is “a sin against God.” “Rev. Kobia parrots […]

Episcopal Presiding Bishop Tries to Clarify ‘Salvation’ Speech

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on Thursday (Aug. 27) tried to tamp criticism she received last month after she denounced the “heresy” of individual salvation. In a statement issued by church headquarters in New York, Jefferts Schori tried […]

China Denounces Taiwan Visit by Dalai Lama

posted by mconsoli

TAIPEI, Taiwan – China on Thursday denounced Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou’s decision to allow the Dalai Lama to visit the self-ruled island, casting a shadow over rapidly improving relations between Taipei and Beijing. However, Beijing appeared to stop short of […]

WCC Head Calls Israeli Occupation a ‘Sin Against God’

posted by mconsoli

The outgoing general secretary of the World Council of Churches said Wednesday (Aug. 26) that Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories should be declared a “sin against God”. “Occupation, along with the concomitant humiliation of a whole people for over six […]

Judge Rules Against Ky. Reliance on God for Protection

posted by mconsoli

A Kentucky court has ruled that a state law that declares the state Office of Homeland Security cannot do its job without God’s help is unconstitutional. The New Jersey-based group American Atheists filed suit last December against the Commonwealth of […]

Conservatives Say Health Care System ‘Is Working’

posted by aroan

WASHINGTON (RNS) Conservative Christian groups on Wednesday (Aug. 26) ramped up opposition to health care reform, saying the current system “has problems” but “it is working.” Members of the newly formed Freedom Federation, comprised of some of the largest conservative […]

Muslim Woman Told to Remove Scarf Sues Mich. Judge

posted by mconsoli

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – A Muslim woman on Wednesday sued a Michigan judge for telling her to remove her headscarf in his courtroom, claiming he violated her First Amendment right to practice her religion. Raneen Albaghdady, 32, says she felt humiliated […]

Poll: Six in 10 U.S. Catholics Ambivalent About Latin Mass

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Two years after Pope Benedict XVI eased restrictions on celebrating the Latin Mass, more than six in 10 American Catholics have no opinion on the return of the traditional liturgy, according to a new survey. In 2007, Benedict told […]

In ‘Basterds,’ Vengeance Is Ours, Saith the Jews

posted by mconsoli

(UNDATED) Talk about an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. In Quentin Tarantino’s blood-soaked new film “Inglourious Basterds,” Brad Pitt and his merry band of Jewish soldiers bash Nazi soldiers’ heads with a baseball bat and […]

Female Muslim Journalist Faces Trial for Wearing Pants

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Sudanese journalist Lubna Hussein will face trial Sept. 7 for wearing trousers in violation of government decency statutes derived from Sharia law. If convicted, she faces 40 lashes and a fine. But it’s the Sudanese government, not Hussein, who […]

School Officials Face Trial for Breaking Pledge Not to Pray

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON — Two Florida school officials will be in court next month to answer charges that they violated a court order when they prayed in public after a school secretary was cleared on similar charges. The case, which defense attorneys […]

Buddhist Week of Honoring Ancestors Draws to a Close

posted by mconsoli

Aug. 24–HACIENDA HEIGHTS — Thousands of people visited the Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights over the weekend to offer prayers for departed loved ones and ancestors. The observance is part of an ancient Buddhist tradition known as Ullambana. The […]

Muslims Begin Holy Month of Ramadan

posted by mconsoli

Aug. 24–Imam Mujahid Ramos wasn’t surprised to see more people show up this weekend for the daily prayers at the Masjid At-Tawheed mosque in York City. The same thing happens every year during Ramadan, a time of religious rejuvenation for […]

Lutherans Lift Ban on Gay Clergy

posted by mconsoli

(UNDATED) After a long and contentious debate, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted Friday (Aug. 21) to drop a ban on partnered gay clergy and committed to let people in same-sex relationships serve as leaders of the church. The […]

Jews Warn Catholic Bishops on Interfaith Talks

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jewish leaders warned the nation’s Catholic bishops that a June statement on whether Jews should convert to Christianity could make Jewish-Catholic dialogue “untenable.” In June, the bishops resurrected a 2002 statement on Jewish-Christian relations […]

Muslims Worry Recession May Impact Ramadan Giving

posted by mconsoli

(UNDATED) Yousef Abdallah’s annual Ramadan duties promise to be tougher than usual this year. The Islamic holy month starts Friday (Aug. 21) or Saturday (Aug. 22) night, depending on the sighting of the moon. Abdallah, a regional operations manager for […]

Doctors Remove Pope’s Wrist Cast

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Doctors removed a cast from Pope Benedict XVI’s right wrist on Friday (Aug. 21), five weeks after he fractured it during a fall. A Vatican press release said that an x-ray showed the fracture had healed, but […]

Lutherans Approve Sexuality Statement by Razor Margin

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) The nation’s largest Lutheran denomination approved a carefully balanced statement on human sexuality late Wednesday (Aug. 19) that progressives quickly welcomed as a possible step towards overturning a churchwide ban on non-celibate gay clergy later this week. By a […]

Obama Seeks Religious Help in Debunking Health Care ‘Lies’

posted by nsymmonds

WASHINGTON — Facing incendiary charges that health care reform would finance abortion and euthanasia, President Obama on Wednesday (Aug. 19) appealed to religious groups to help sell the plan and debunk critics’ “false witness.” “I’m going to need the help […]

Does Lit 101 Lead to Unbelief?

posted by nsymmonds

As college students return to campus in the coming weeks, a new study suggests that some could be in danger of losing their religion. Economics professor Miles Kimball and researchers from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research determined […]

Churches, Again, Wrestle With Gay Debates

posted by mconsoli

(UNDATED) It was Aug. 5, 2003, and bishops at the triennial General Convention of the Episcopal Church had voted for the first time to let an openly gay man become a bishop. Louie Crew of East Orange, N.J., who has […]

Muslim Students Reflect on Ramadan Celebration

posted by mconsoli

Associated Press – August 18, 2009 NEW YORK – In a Muslim country, celebrating Ramadan is relatively simple: Most people are fasting from sunrise to sunset. But in the U.S., most people are eating, and enticing food commercials, an overabundance […]

Planned Parenthood Worries SD Clinic May Shut Down

posted by mconsoli

Associated Press – August 19, 2009 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Planned Parenthood is raising red flags that the state could close the only abortion clinic in South Dakota in a matter of days, according to the latest filing in a […]

Churches Step into Healthcare Debate

posted by mconsoli

A photo of Lisa Carter is available via www.religionnews.com By KAY CAMPBELL c. 2009 Religion News Service HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Congress may be on summer recess, but Americans who are motivated by their faith are joining the conversation over changing […]

Dutch University Fires Islamic Scholar Ramadan

posted by mconsoli

Associated Press – August 18, 2009 AMSTERDAM – A Dutch university fired Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan on Tuesday for hosting a show on Iran’s state television, which the school said could be seen as endorsing the regime. Ramadan – known […]

Lutheran Gay Clergy Proposal Passes 1st Hurdle

posted by mconsoli

Associated Press – August 18, 2009 MINNEAPOLIS – Leaders of the largest U.S. Lutheran denomination prayed for unity as they waded into a weeklong debate over homosexuality and the clergy, while a rule change that would allow people in same-sex […]

Yoga Linked to Weight Loss in Overweight

posted by mconsoli

United Press International – August 17, 2009 SEATTLE, Aug 14, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) — Regular yoga practice may help prevent middle-age spread in normal-weight people and overweight people may drop a few pounds, U.S. researchers said. Alan Kristal and […]

Catholic Sisters Under Vatican Review Want Answers

posted by mconsoli

Associated Press – August 17, 2009 NEW YORK – An association of U.S. Roman Catholic sisters raised questions Monday about why they are the target of, and who is paying for, a Vatican investigation that is shaping up to be […]

Compromise Sought on Prayer Dispute at US Plant

posted by mconsoli

Associated Press – August 16, 2009 OMAHA, Nebraska – Officials at a Grand Island meatpacking plant say they’re taking steps to prevent a repeat of last year when a Muslim prayer dispute set off protests that led to mass firings. […]

Lutherans Prepare for Big Decision on Gay Clergy

posted by mconsoli

FRIDLEY, Minn. – The Rev. Dave Glesne stood before the members of Redeemer Lutheran Church a few weeks ago and told them there might be some painful decisions in the near future. Glesne is against letting people in same-sex relationships […]

Vatican Newspaper Hails Swiss-US Bank Deal

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican’s newspaper on Thursday praised as a step toward “ethical finance” a deal announced by the Swiss and U.S. governments to settle American demands for the identities of suspected tax dodgers. L’Osservatore Romano said the deal […]

Atheist Bus Ads Create Free Speech Debate in Iowa

posted by mconsoli

DES MOINES, Iowa – A dispute about bus advertisements seeking to publicize atheist views has touched off a free speech debate after the signs were torn down – then posted again – on the sides of Des Moines city buses. […]

Atheists Are (Happy) People Too, Study Says

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Atheists, agnostics or otherwise nonreligious people can be just as content and well-adjusted as their religious counterparts, according to a new study. “The common assumption of greater religiosity relating to greater happiness and satisfaction is overly simplistic,” said Luke […]

Religious Freedom Experts Put India on ‘Watch list’

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has put India on its `watch list,’ citing the country’s “inadequate” response to recent waves of violence toward religious minorities. While there has been a “disturbing increase in communal violence” in India, […]

Catholic Orders Aging but Growing More Diverse

posted by mconsoli

A new study of Catholic religious orders shows that their dwindling ranks are predominantly white and aging, but some groups are drawing interest from more diverse seekers. The new members particularly seem drawn to the conservative communities that live a […]

French Pool Bars Muslim Woman for ‘Burquini’ Suit

posted by mconsoli

Associated Press – August 12, 2009, PARIS – A Muslim woman garbed in a head-to-toe swimsuit – dubbed a “burquini” – may have opened a new chapter in France’s tussle between religious practices and its stern secular code. Officials insisted […]

Catholic Sisters Meet Amid Vatican Probes

posted by mconsoli

c. 2009 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS — The nation’s largest umbrella group for Roman Catholic sisters opened its annual meeting here Tuesday (Aug. 11), marking the first formal gathering of members since the Vatican launched two unprecedented inquiries into […]

Southern Baptist Agency Head Resigns Amid Criticism

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) The president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s domestic missions agency and three of his associates resigned Tuesday (Aug. 11) after questions were raised about his management of the agency. Geoff Hammond led the North American Mission Board for two […]

Virginia Jail Agrees to Stop Censoring Religious Mail

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) A Virginia jail will stop censoring religious mail after protests from civil rights organizations that clerks had turned Bible-quoting missives from an inmate’s mother into tattered strips of paper signed “Love, Mom.” Rappahannock Regional Jail authorities agreed to change […]

Flying Rabbis Pray to Save Israel from Swine Flu

posted by mconsoli

JERUSALEM – A planeload of Israeli rabbis and Jewish mystics held an airborne prayer meeting in the belief that it could help check the spread of swine flu in Israel, an Israeli newspaper reported Tuesday. The Yediot Ahronot daily said […]

Pope Prays for Eunice Shriver to Be ‘Rewarded’ for Her Service

posted by mconsoli

Vatican City (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI has prayed that Eunice Kennedy Shriver receive eternal reward for her service on behalf of the mentally and physically disabled, according to the Vatican. Shriver, the sister of the late President John F. Kennedy […]

Senate Confirms Collins as Head of NIH

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) The Senate on Friday (Aug. 7) confirmed Francis Collins, a geneticist known for his role in decoding the human genome and dedication to bridging the gap between religion and science, as director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). […]

Pope Likens Nazi Concentration Camps to ‘Hell On Earth’

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday (Aug. 9) likened the Nazi concentration camps that killed millions of Jews during World War II to “hell on earth.” “Nazi death camps, like all extermination camps, can be considered extreme symbols […]

Faith Leaders Campaign for Health Care Reform, Release TV Ad

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) A coalition of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders has launched a national campaign for health care reform, calling it a “fundamental religious issue,” in hopes of countering the vocal opposition exhibited at recent town hall meetings. The “40 Days […]

Heaven? Sure. Hell? Not So Much.

posted by nsymmonds

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Just when it seemed to have cooled off, the topic of hell is back on the front burner — at least for pastors learning to preach about a topic most Americans would rather not talk about. Only […]

National Civil Rights Museum to Honor Dalai Lama

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) The Dalai Lama will be honored with an international award from the National Civil Rights Museum this fall. The exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader will receive the International Freedom Award at a Sept. 23 ceremony at a Memphis, Tenn., hotel. […]

40 Years Later, Woodstock’s Spiritual Vibes Still Resonate

posted by nsymmonds

Organizers of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair planned for a crowd of 50,000 at their August gathering 40 years ago in rural New York. Instead, nearly 500,000 people showed up to hear Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the Who, […]

Did the Crusades Get a Bum Rap?

posted by nsymmonds

(UNDATED) — The Crusades, when Christians tried for two centuries to oust Muslims from the Holy Land, left over a million dead, with territory lost and gained and lost again — all in the name of Jesus. These days, Christians […]

Changing Sexual Orientation is Risky, Psychologists Say

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) The American Psychological Association has announced that therapies aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation could be hazardous, but health professionals should respect the beliefs of patients who object to homosexuality on religious grounds. Although the APA Task Force […]

Airport Chapels Offer Haven to More Faiths

posted by nsymmonds

ATLANTA – Ordained a United Methodist minister, the Rev. Chester Cook has now become a jack of all faiths. On a recent day, Cook welcomed a Christian-oriented Army chaplain, a Muslim family and a Buddhist ticket agent to his interfaith […]

Baptists Mark 400th Anniversary, Celebrate Religious Freedom

posted by nsymmonds

UTRECHT, Netherlands — (RNS/ENI) Four hundred years after the first Baptist congregation was established, followers have been challenged to continue championing religious liberty. “We as Baptists must continue to defend religious freedom for all peoples and all religions,” said Denton […]

Senate Confirms Diaz as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican

posted by nsymmonds

WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Senate on Tuesday (Aug. 4) confirmed a Cuban-born theologian as the ninth U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Miguel H. Diaz, 45, will be the first theologian and the first Hispanic to serve as American envoy since […]

In Poland, Signs of Renewed Jewish Life

posted by nsymmonds

KRAKOW, Poland — “Warsaw,” I said, skittish about my impending travel plans. “I mean, it’s got the word war in it,” I told my brother. “And saw,” he added. In fact, my reaction seemed pretty typical. It seemed each time […]

Dalai Lama: Growing Support in China for Tibetans

posted by nsymmonds

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The Dalai Lama said Tuesday that an estimated 4,000 people who were imprisoned during anti-Chinese riots in Tibet last year remain in custody, and he called for an international investigation of the violence. The exiled Tibetan spiritual […]

Santeria Priest Can Sacrifice Animals at Home, Court Rules

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) A Santeria priest can continue to sacrifice animals in his Texas home, a federal appeals court has ruled. Jose Merced of Euless was told in 2006 that he needed a permit to slaughter animals — including goats, sheep and […]

Jehovah’s Witnesses Win More Than $1 Million in Lawsuit

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) Two Jehovah’s Witnesses received more than $1.3 million in a religious discrimination lawsuit against AT&T, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced on Friday (July 31). Jose Gonzalez and Glenn Owen, former AT&T customer service technicians, lost their jobs after […]

Faith Groups More Likely to Attract Volunteers, Report Says

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) Faith-based organizations attract more volunteers than any other type of organization, according to a recent survey by the Corporation for National and Community Service. More than one-third of the country’s almost 62 million volunteers served through religious organizations last […]

Fathers Convicted, Sentenced in Separate Faith-Healing Deaths

posted by nsymmonds

A Wisconsin man who opted for prayer over medical care to heal his daughter was found guilty of second-degree reckless homicide on Saturday (Aug.1). Dale Neumann, 47, was convicted in the March death of his 11-year-old daughter, Madeline, who suffered […]

Episcopal Church Nominates Two Gay Bishops, Tests Anglicans

posted by nsymmonds

Two Episcopal dioceses have nominated gay and lesbian priests in same-sex relationships to become bishops, testing a weeks-old policy and the Episcopal Church’s place within the global Anglican Communion. The Diocese of Minnesota nominated three candidates for bishop on Saturday […]

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