TOP STORY: RELIGION AND POLITICS—ANALYSIS: Myth of `Catholic vote’ survives all reason

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS)-They now are often identified with religious conservatives, but once they were a key segment of the liberal New Deal coalition. They were well represented among the Reagan Democrats 10 years ago, yet many still count themselves among social activists battling to preserve programs for the poor. And they […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Vatican, other religious groups condemn Israeli attacks in Lebanon (RNS)-The Vatican on Friday (April 19) joined other religious groups condemning Israel’s missile assault on a United Nations peacekeeping compound in southern Lebanon Thursday in which at least 75 were killed, and urged the warring parties to seek a political solution […]

NEWS STORY: Report: Women prime target of anti-Muslim bias

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS)-On the first anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, an Islamic watchdog group reported an”alarming”pattern of anti-Muslim incidents-many involving women-in the year since initial speculation blamed Muslim militants for the blast. Almost 300 incidents of anti-Muslim bias, harassment, violence and threats of violence were noted in the report released […]

NEWS STORY: Vatican enters fray over late-term abortions

c. 1996 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS)-The Vatican stepped into the politically charged debate over late-term abortions Friday (April 19), saying President Clinton’s veto last week of a bill that would have barred the rare procedure was”shameful”and a”brutal act of aggression against innocent life.” Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls denied that the Roman Catholic Church […]

NEWS STORY: Methodist bishops break ranks on ordaining gays

c. 1996 Religion News Service (RNS)-Declaring that it is”time to break the silence,”15 United Methodist bishops have called on their 8.6 million-member denomination to allow the church to ordain homosexuals to the ministry. But the dissenting bishops pledged they would not commit ecclesiastical disobedience by ordaining gays to the clergy and affirmed they would uphold […]

COMMENTARY: Ordinary people, extraordinary hatred

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 send him e-mail at agreel(AT) (RNS)-Is nativism-hatred of immigrants-taking America where hatred of the Jews took the […]

NEWS STORY: Methodist meeting takes up agenda of conscience

c. 1996 Religion News Service DENVER (RNS)-Delegates and visitors to a 10-day meeting of the United Methodist Church’s top decision-making body held a two-hour worship service Thursday (April 18) that promoted greater openness to people of diverse backgrounds and denounced sexism and racism. The service was aimed at uniting the church, which is seeking to […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Maine’s Episcopal bishop takes leave after admitting extra-marital affair (RNS)-Bishop Edward C. Chalfant of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine will take a voluntary year’s leave of absence in the wake of the revelation that he was involved in an extra-marital relationship.”I have made grievous errors in judgment and behavior,”Chalfant said […]