COMMENTARY: Who’s calling who divisive?

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 via e-mail at agreel(AT) (RNS)-The response of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops to the […]

ANALYSIS: TOP STORY: THE ELECTIONS IN ISRAEL Netanyahu victory could affect Israel’s ties with

c. 1996 Religion News Service (RNS)-Benjamin Netanyahu’s apparent election victory in Israel could well lead to political and religious conflict between any right-wing government he is likely to form and a sizeable segment of the leadership of the American Jewish community. At least for now, the mainstream leadership of the American Jewish community-despite its generally […]

NEWS STORY: Survey says most U.S. Catholics want liberal reforms

c. 1996 Religion News Service (RNS)-The next pope should allow women priests, married priests and more lay pontifical advisers, according to a poll of U.S. Catholics released today (May 30). The survey, conducted by the Gallup Organization, was commissioned by sociologist and author Andrew M. Greeley of the University of Chicago and Michael Hout, a […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service Little Rock Methodists cancel event over bishop’s views on gays (RNS)-A United Methodist committee in Little Rock, Ark., has canceled a planned”intergenerational day of celebration”meant to bring young and old people together because the event’s invited preacher, retired United Methodist Bishop Leontine T.C. Kelly, has voiced support for gay rights. […]

NEWS STORY: Ruling could boost religion defense in drug cases

c. 1996 Religion News Service SAN FRANCISCO (RNS)-An unusual federal appeals court ruling in a drug smuggling case allows Rastafarians to argue that they should legally be able to use marijuana for religious reasons. The ruling from the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco orders a Montana federal judge to retry drug […]

COMMENTARY: When you wish upon a store

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) (RNS)-A charismatic cult is on the rise, threatening the moral integrity of America. I speak of the Cult of Disney. Do not misunderstand me. I’m no latter-day Scrooge who says”Bah, humbug!”to the amusements of contemporary society. Nor […]

NEWS STORY: N.C. Lutheran bishop resigns after allegations of sexual misconduct

c. 1996 Religion News Service (RNS)-Bishop Mark W. Menees of the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has resigned as a bishop and from the Lutheran ministry following allegations against him of sexual misconduct, the denomination announced Wednesday (May 29). Menees’ resignation was effective May 25. A statement from the […]

NEWS STORY: Islamic court in Kuwait proclaims Christian convert an apostate

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS)-An Islamic court in Kuwait Wednesday (May 29) proclaimed Hussein Qambar Ali, 45, guilty of apostasy-abandoning Islam, the majority religion in the Persian Gulf Arab state-because of his conversion to Christianity. Hussein, who has taken the Christian name Robert, has 30 days to appeal the decision to the Constitutional […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service Russian panel rejects ban on foreign missionaries (RNS)-A committee of the State Duma, or lower chamber of the Russian Parliament, has rejected a call by the Russian Orthodox Church to ban foreign missionaries. The committee is at work on a new religion law to replace a 1990 statute. Many government […]