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Catholic Patriarch Blasts Israel for Allowing Gay Parade

posted by aroan

JERUSALEM (RNS) The Catholic Church’s highest official in the Holy Land sharply criticized Israeli authorities for permitting a gay pride march on Thursday (July 29) through the streets of Jerusalem. In a statement issued Friday following the city’s 8th Annual […]

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Novelist Anne Rice says `I Quit Being a Christian’

posted by aroan

By Kevin Eckstrom c. 2010 Religion News Service (RNS) Vampire novelist Anne Rice says she’s leaving Christianity — again — because she no longer wants to be identified with such a “quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group.” Born and […]

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Jewish Group Opposes Ground Zero Mosque

posted by aroan

Associated Press – July 30, 2010 NEW YORK – America’s leading Jewish civil rights group has come out against the planned mosque and Islamic community center near the World Trade Center’s ground zero site, saying the location is “counterproductive to […]

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Religious Leaders Hail Cocaine-sentencing Bill

posted by aroan

WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. religious leaders are applauding Congress’ approval of legislation that reduces the disparity of jail time between crack and powder cocaine offenses. After passing the Senate in March, the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 was approved by the […]

News Feature: Mormons See Potential in Online Proselytizing

posted by aroan

By Peggy Fletcher Stack c. 2010 Salt Lake Tribune SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Not so long ago, Mormon missionaries were prohibited from using the Internet, even to contact their families. The system then loosened a bit to allow weekly e-mails […]

Gospel Singer Doug Oldham Dead at Age 79

posted by aroan

(RNS) Doug Oldham, a prolific gospel singer and ministry partner of the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, died July 21 at the age of 79. Oldham, who was a soloist at Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church and helped the evangelist raise […]

Senate Democrats Plead for Religious Support on Key Bills

posted by aroan

WASHINGTON (RNS) Top Senate Democrats said Wednesday (July 28) that Democrats need the help of religious groups in overcoming Republican opposition to key pieces of legislation. In a media roundtable hosted by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., chairwoman of the Democrats’ […]

Muslims, ACLU Seek Data on FBI Profiling

posted by aroan

WASHINGTON (RNS) Muslim American groups and the American Civil Liberties Union are demanding the FBI turn over records relating to agency guidelines they say permit the FBI to collect and use racial and ethnic data. The groups allege that the […]

N.J. Supreme Court Declines to Take Gay Marriage Case

posted by aroan

TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) Supporters of gay marriage said they would press on with their fight despite the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision not to hear a case in which six same-sex couples asked for the right to marry. “We … […]

Report: Anti-Jewish Incidents Remain `Sustained and Troubling’

posted by aroan

WASHINGTON (RNS): A Jewish group that tracks anti-Semitism has published its annual report of more than 1,200 incidents of assaults, vandalism and harassment against Jews in 2009, saying the level of incidents remained “sustained and troubling.” “America is not immune […]

Anglicans Reject Move to `Separate’ U.S. Church

posted by aroan

(RNS) Anglican leaders meeting in London have rejected a move to “separate” the Episcopal Church from the wider Anglican Communion, a proposal that officials called premature and “unhelpful.” The proposal was offered Saturday (July 24) by Dato Stanley Isaacs, a […]

Pope Grants Broad Powers to Legionaries Delegate

posted by aroan

Associated Press – July 24, 2010 VATICAN CITY – The pope has granted broad powers to the archbishop he selected to overhaul the Legionaries of Christ following revelations that the order’s founder led a double life. A decree approved by […]

Quietly, Another Mosque Operates in Shadow of Ground Zero

posted by aroan

By NICOLE NEROULIAS c. 2010 Religion News Service NEW YORK (RNS) Barely visible among the high-rise apartment buildings and cocktail lounges, a battered steel door in Manhattan’s trendy Tribeca neighborhood leads to a basement jammed with barefoot men praying on […]

Catholic Group Comes to Aid of Democrats Who Supported Health Care

posted by Ju-Don Roberts

By Sabrina Eaton of The Plain Dealer and Kevin Eckstrom — (RNS) — A Catholic group that backed the health care reform bill will spend $500,000 on ads and organizers for at least four congressional Democrats who are under fire […]

Priest Under Fire for Serving Communion to Dog

posted by Ju-Don Roberts

By Ron Csillag — TORONTO (RNS) — The Anglican Church in Canada is dealing with fallout following a published report that a priest gave Communion to a dog. One congregant has quit St. Peter’s Anglican Church in downtown Toronto in […]

Is the Tea Party Unbiblical?

posted by Ju-Don Roberts

By Alfredo Garcia — Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) When conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck warned churchgoers to “run as fast as you can” if their pastors preach about “social justice,” was he also encouraging them to run from the Bible? […]

Rick Warren Recovering From Eye Injury

posted by Ju-Don Roberts

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Pastor Rick Warren was briefly hospitalized due to an eye injury that he suffered while gardening at home. Warren’s spokesman Larry Ross said the sap of a firestick plant got into Warren’s eyes when he wiped […]

Hospitals Revamp Chapels into Meditation Rooms

posted by aroan

By JOANNA CORMAN c. 2010 Religion News Service SACRAMENTO Calif. (RNS) When Connie Johnstone saw relatives of Muslim patients praying in a hospital parking lot, or laying out a plastic bag to create a clean spot on the lobby floor, […]

Spain Parliament Rejects Burqa Ban – For Now

posted by aroan

Associated Press – July 20, 2010 MADRID – Spain’s Parliament on Tuesday rejected a proposal to ban women from wearing in public places Islamic veils that reveal only the eyes. However, the Socialist government has said it favors including a […]

Vatican Rules for Bishops in Church-closure Cases

posted by aroan

CLEVELAND (RNS) A Catholic bishop, acting on what he believes to be good for his entire diocese, can close any parish, even if the parish is financially stable and has vibrant membership, the Vatican’s highest court has ruled. The decision […]

Methodists Study the Hallmarks of Healthy Churches

posted by aroan

By ALFREDO GARCIA c. 2010 Religion News Service (RNS) What is the key to a healthy church? United Methodists have paid big bucks to find out. As the sour economy and aging buildings wreak havoc on church budgets, United Methodists […]

Abortion Foes Win a Round in Health Overhaul

posted by aroan

Associated Press – July 19, 2010 WASHINGTON – Abortion foes have won a round in the first test of how President Barack Obama’s health care law will be applied to the politically charged issue. Meanwhile, traditional allies of the administration […]

Netanyahu Takes Dim View of Conversions Bill

posted by aroan

JERUSALEM (RNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet Sunday (July 18) that he opposes a proposed bill to give Orthodox rabbis control over conversions because it could alienate Jews in North America. “The bill could tear apart the […]

Foundation Donates $400K for Episcopal Gay Liturgies

posted by aroan

(RNS) A Michigan-based gay rights foundation has given more than $400,000 to a California seminary to help craft formal liturgies for the Episcopal Church to bless gay and lesbian relationships. The Episcopal Church still officially considers marriage between a man […]

Vatican Issues New Sex Abuse Guidelines After Crisis

posted by aroan

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News – July 15, 2010 July 15–VATICAN CITY — The Vatican issued a revised set of in-house rules Thursday to respond to clerical sex abuse, targeting priests who molest the mentally disabled as well as children and […]

Muslims Launch Survey of American Mosques

posted by aroan

(RNS) Muslim-American organizations have launched what they say will be the most comprehensive survey of mosques in the United States in a decade. “This is the biggest mosque survey since 9/11,” said Ihsan Bagby, an Islamic Studies professor at the […]

U.S. Bishops Defend Women’s Ordination in New Abuse Laws

posted by aroan

By DANIEL BURKE and RICHARD ALLEN c. 2010 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops on Thursday (July 15) defended the Vatican’s decision to include the ordination of women with the sexual abuse of children in a long-awaited revision […]

Ugandan Anglican Urges Citizens to Fight Terrorism, Condemns Blast

posted by aroan

NAIROBI (RNS/ENInews) A top church leader in Uganda, Anglican Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi, has appealed for calm after the “hideous crime” of a terrorist bombing at a World Cup watch party in Kampala that left more than 70 dead. “I […]

Conservatives Decry Court Ruling on Indecency

posted by aroan

WASHINGTON (RNS) Conservative groups blasted a federal court ruling that overturned a policy of the Federal Communications Commission intended to crack down on unscripted curse words and wardrobe malfunctions. Spurred on by celebrity slip-ups from Bono and Cher, the 2004 […]

Conservative Insurgency Topples Missouri Synod President

posted by aroan

By TIM TOWNSEND c. 2010 St. Louis Post-Dispatch HOUSTON (RNS) Delegates of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod on Tuesday (July 13) elected the denomination’s director of disaster response as president, a candidate backed by its more conservative members. The Rev. Matthew […]

French Parliament Approves Ban on Face Veils

posted by aroan

Associated Press – July 13, 2010 PARIS – France’s lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved a ban on wearing burqa-style Islamic veils Tuesday, part of a determined effort to define and protect French values that has disconcerted many in the […]

Political Clash Grows Over Funding for Ground Zero Mosque

posted by aroan

(RNS) A major political clash is brewing in New York over a planned mosque near Ground Zero, with Republicans demanding an investigation into the mosque’s funding and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg calling such a probe “un-American.” Long Island […]

Church of England Gives Green Light for Women Bishops

posted by aroan

Church of England gives green light for women bishops LONDON (RNS) The Church of England will proceed with legislation to allow the ordination of women bishops, despite fierce opposition from Anglican traditionalists. After a marathon, 12-hour debate in York, the […]

Vatican Reports $5.2 million Deficit for 2009

posted by aroan

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican recorded a $5.2 million deficit for 2009 as investment in communication and building upgrades offset revenues from donations, according to new figures from the Holy See. The third consecutive deficit was also attributed to a […]

Tiny Shard Bears Oldest Script Found in Jerusalem

posted by aroan

Associated Press – July 12, 2010 JERUSALEM – Archaeologists say a newly discovered clay fragment from the 14th century B.C. is the oldest example of writing ever found in antiquity-rich Jerusalem. Dig director Eilat Mazar of Hebrew University says the […]

Belfast Police, Catholic Rioters Clash Over Parade

posted by aroan

Associated Press – July 12, 2010 BELFAST, Northern Ireland – Police battled Irish nationalists for control of a Belfast road Monday as a day dominated by peaceful Protestant parades across Northern Ireland turned violent when night fell. Riot police in […]

Pope Names New Leader of Legionaries of Christ

posted by aroan

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI on Friday (July 9) appointed the Vatican’s chief financial auditor, Italian Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, to manage the powerful but scandal-scarred Legionaries of Christ order. The decision comes after an eight-month investigation of the […]

Presbyterians Continue To Be Divided Over Gays

posted by aroan

Associated Press – July 9, 2010 MINNEAPOLIS – A split decision from Presbyterian leaders on two gay-friendly measures guarantees even more debate among the U.S. church’s members on an issue they’ve been divided over for years. Delegates to the Presbyterian […]

Church Brokers Deal to Free 52 Cuban Dissidents

posted by aroan

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Roman Catholic Church has brokered a historic deal to release 52 political prisoners in Cuba, following three-way talks between Cuban President Raul Castro, Spanish Foreign Secretary Miguel Angel Moratinos and Havana Cardinal Jaime Ortega. “Five prisoners […]

Church of England to Consider Women Bishops — Again

posted by aroan

LONDON (RNS/ENInews) The contentious issue of women bishops will once again be debated by the Church of England’s General Synod when delegates and bishops convene in York on Friday (July 9), years after the issue was first raised. Christina Rees, […]

Vatican to Issue Long-awaited Sex Abuse Document

posted by aroan

Associated Press – July 7, 2010 VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI will soon issue a document outlining the church’s procedures for handling clerical sex abuse cases that will gather the norms now in use and make them permanent and […]

A Gay Bishop for the Church of England?

posted by aroan

Associated Press – July 6, 2010 LONDON – The Church of England may be on the verge of promoting a gay priest to bishop, a step that would widen the split over sexuality in the global Anglican Communion. If that […]

Commuter Railroad Defends Company with Ties to Holocaust Trains

posted by aroan

WASHINGTON (RNS) A commuter rail line in suburban Washington is defending its decision to award a contract to a company partially owned by a French railway that was used by Nazi Germany to transport people to death camps. Mark Roeber, […]

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