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c. 1996 Religion News Service National Catholic Reporter faces $30 million libel suit for labor story (RNS) Briggs & Stratton, the Milwaukee, Wis.-based manufacturer of lawn mower and other small engines, has filed a $30 million lawsuit against the independent National Catholic Reporter (NCR), alleging the newspaper defamed the company and some of its top […]

COMMENTARY: In defense of Gypsies

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Andrew M. Greeley is a Roman Catholic priest, best-selling novelist and a sociologist at the University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center. His home page on the World Wide Web is at http://www.agreeley.com. Or contact him via e-mail at agreel(AT)aol.com.) (UNDATED) Victor Hugo would not see much connection between his […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service Ancient Buddhist scrolls obtained by the British Library (RNS) What are believed to be the earliest surviving Buddhist texts, dating back to the first century A.D. and written on pieces of brittle bark, have been acquired by the British Library and are in the process of being translated. The texts, […]

NEWS STORY: `United Religions’ summit shows signs of division

c. 1996 Religion News Service SAN FRANCISCO _ As delegates assembled here this week (June 24-28) for meetings to create a global, interfaith”United Religions”organization, three conference participants showed just how difficult a task they are confronting. California Episcopal Bishop William Swing, who is hosting the United Religions summit, said the initiative aims to establish a […]

NEWS STORY: `United Religions’ summit shows signs of division

c. 1996 Religion News Service SAN FRANCISCO _ As delegates assembled here this week (June 24-28) for meetings to create a global, interfaith”United Religions”organization, three conference participants showed just how difficult a task they are confronting. California Episcopal Bishop William Swing, who is hosting the United Religions summit, said the initiative aims to establish a […]

COMMENTARY: Southern Baptists will fail in their attempt to convert Jews

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) (UNDATED) It’s too bad Andrew Marvell, the 17th-century English poet, wasn’t in New Orleans recently when the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution calling for an active conversion campaign aimed at the Jewish people. Had the poet […]

NEWS ADVANCE: Sex, money top Presbyterian assembly agenda

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) After three years of keeping the volatile issue of homosexuality off the agenda of the national church, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) next week faces another critical decision point on the role of gays and lesbians in the denomination. When the 568 elected commissioners, as delegates […]

NEWS ADVANCE: Sex, money top Presbyterian assembly agenda

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) After three years of keeping the volatile issue of homosexuality off the agenda of the national church, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) next week faces another critical decision point on the role of gays and lesbians in the denomination. When the 568 elected commissioners, as delegates […]