TOP STORY: DISSENT AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: Excommunication decree sows confusion, outrage

c. 1996 Religion News Service (RNS)-Three U.S. Catholic bishops are among the members of Call to Action, a liberal Catholic organization targeted in a sweeping excommunication threat by Lincoln, Neb., Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz. Bruskewitz said March 19 he would excommunicate Catholics in his diocese who refuse to quit Call to Action and 11 other […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Reform rabbis seek to tighten patrilineal descent policy (RNS)-Reform Judaism’s rabbinic body is undertaking a review of its controversial policy of patrilineal descent because of concerns it has been misunderstood by the laity. Patrilineal descent is the acceptance of a Jewish father’s children as Jews, even if the mother is […]

COMMENTARY: Catholic dissent and a bishop’s abuse of power

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Andrew M. Greeley is a Roman Catholic priest, best-selling novelist and sociologist at the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center. His home page on the World Wide Web is at Or contact him at his e-mail address: agreel(at sign) (RNS)-The Irish have a word that perfectly describes Bishop […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service All-white Southern Baptist church decides to keep biracial child in grave (RNS)-The top social policy official of the Southern Baptist Convention has harshly criticized an all-white Southern Baptist church in Georgia whose leaders wanted to exhume the body of a baby from a church cemetery after learning the child was […]

NEWS STORY: Pope urges `new feminism’ for women in Catholic Church

c. 1996 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS)-Pope John Paul II appears to have opened the door a bit further to the role of women in the Catholic Church, stating in a document released Thursday (March 28) that they should be encouraged to promote a”new feminism”in educational and decision-making roles. But the pope, in a […]

COMMENTARY: In America, there’s room for all religions

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) (RNS)-A new report by the U.S. Census Bureau offers powerful evidence that America is undergoing a profound demographic shift, which promises to transform not only the social, political and economic landscape, but religious communities as well. Today, […]

Revisiting the sites where Jesus last walked

c. 1996 Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS)-It was in or near Bethpage, a Herodian-era cemetery marking the city limits of ancient Jerusalem, that the Easter story began on Palm Sunday. And from a similar site the Resurrection story unfolded a week later-a week marked by nadirs of agony and despair and pinnacles of joy. Even […]

NEWS FEATURE: Reform Jewish leaders increasingly concerned by interfaith marriages

c. 1996 Religion News Service (RNS)-Reform Judaism-the faith’s largest branch in North America with some 1.4-million members-has long been characterized by its liberal approach to interfaith marriages, accepting them as a fact of life in an open society. Currently, about 60 percent of Reform Jews are marrying non-Jews. In some southern and western states, the […]