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c. 1996 Religion News Service Bernardin reported gravely ill, battles criticism on `Common Ground’ As Chicago Cardinal Joseph Bernardin sought to quell criticism this week from fellow bishops over his attempt to heal divisions among liberal and conservative American Catholics, a Chicago television station reported the 68-year-old prelate has less than a year to live. […]

NEWS FEATURE: God and the Democrats: Searching for God in Chicago

c. 1996 Religion News Service CHICAGO _ At the beginning of his prime-time speech to the Democratic National Convention, the Rev. Jesse Jackson bowed his head and asked the delegates to pray for former Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and others who have died since the party last met four years ago. It was a remarkable […]

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c. 1996 Religion News Service TV execs, writers donate money to help burned churches (RNS) As the television police drama”New York Undercover”premiered its new season Thursday (Aug. 29) with the first of a two-part series on fictional church burnings, executives and writers from Fox and Universal Television donated $13,000 to the National Council of Churches’ […]

Beyond sound-bites, radically different ideas of family values

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Talk about family comes as readily to politicians as wind to Chicago and sun to San Diego. Democrats who gathered this week in Chicago, like their Republican counterparts who met earlier in San Diego, know that as the campaign unfolds, President Clinton and his GOP challenger, Bob Dole, will […]

COMMENTARY: Political wisdom from Israel’s ancient sages

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) (UNDATED) I’m steeling myself for a barrage of rhetoric in the coming months as presidential candidates Bill Clinton, Bob Dole and Ross Perot race to Election Day. In an act of self-defense against this inevitable verbal onslaught, […]

COMMENTARY: It’s morality, stupid

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Charles W. Colson, former special counsel to Richard Nixon, served a prison term for his role in the Watergate scandal. He now heads Prison Fellowship International, an evangelical Christian ministry to the imprisoned and their families. Contact Colson via e-mail at 71421.1551(at)compuserve.com.) (UNDATED) Despite the urgent need for a campaign […]

COMMENTARY: How the press bears false witness against the President

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) You read it here first: President Clinton will be […]

For many Americans, church is alien territory

c. 1996 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Church attendance has suffered a five-year decline and sunk to its lowest level in two decades, according to research by the Barna Research Group of Glendale, Calif. “From the early ’80s to the early ’90s, there has been a definite change,” said the Rev. Bruce Hose, who was […]

A slain monk’s testament

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) _ Here are excerpts from the final testament of Dom Christian de Cherge, OCSO, abbot of Atlas Abbey in Algeria and one of seven French Trappist monks slain by the Armed Islamic Group this spring. The testament was written in 1993, when rebels began issuing threats against foreigners and […]

NEWS ANALYSIS: Abortion sidelined at Democratic convention

c. 1996 Religion News Service CHICAGO _ Supporters and opponents of legal abortion are pressing their conflicting cases at the Democratic National Convention, but the volatile issue _ still the most divisive in the nation’s culture wars _ is creating barely a ripple among the party faithful. While the issue threatened to dominate and divide […]