COMMENTARY: In memory of a friend, a mentor and a brother priest

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Andrew M. Greeley is a Roman Catholic priest, best-selling novelist and sociologist at the University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center. Check out his home page at http://www.agreeley.com or contact him via e-mail at agreel(at)aol.com.) CHICAGO _ He taught the whole country how to die. One hears that phrase over […]

A first: Muslim, evangelical leaders to address NCC

c. 1996 Religion News Service UNDATED _ The National Council of Churches, the ecumenical agency of 33 mainline Protestant and Orthodox denominations, extends its search for common ground among U.S. religions bodies with two symbolic firsts when it meets next week in Chicago. The council’s General Assembly, which convenes Nov. 13-15, will hear addresses by […]

A church divided is a church confused

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) If a Christian book-buyer were driving out Stratford Road in my home town, she could turn right into Zondervan Family Bookstore or left into Carolina Christian Supply. They are both excellent book stores, but they are emblems of separate worlds. Although they address the same issues, needs and eternal […]

Don’t believe the demagogues: Immigrants are good for the nation

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Andrew M. Greeley is a Roman Catholic priest, best-selling novelist and sociologist at the University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center. Check out his home page at http://www.agreeley.com or contact him via e-mail at agreel(at)aol.com.) UNDATED _ In one final, hysterical burst of presidential campaigning in California, Bob Dole decided […]

NEWS SIDEBAR: Ballot initatives related to faith, ethics, moral issues

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Here is a rundown of the voting on ballot initiatives with moral dimensions or in which churches and religious groups played an activist role: PARENTS’ RIGHTS Colorado: Defeated a measure that would have amended the state constitution with a provision declaring that parents have ultimate rights in matters of […]

NEWS SIDEBAR: People of faith: How they voted

c. 1996 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Here’s a rundown of exit polls and other post-election surveys of how Americans voted by religion in the 1996 presidential election. RELIGIOUS CONSERVATIVES CLINTON: 26 percent DOLE: 65 percent PEROT: 8 percent Source: Voter News Service Sample: 16,338 voters, 16 percent of whom identified themselves as”religious conservatives.” Margin of […]

NEWS STORY: VATICAN DISAPPROVAL: Vatican accuses UNICEF of promoting abortion, withholds funds

c. 1996 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Accusing the United Nations aid program for children of advocating abortion and distributing contraceptives to Third World women, the Vatican has decided to withhold its annual contribution for UNICEF activities. UNICEF officials denied the charges and said they had no evidence of support within their ranks for […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1996 Religion News Service Archbishop sees lack of human rights threatening Bosnia peace (RNS) _ The fragile peace in Bosnia is being undermined by a lack of basic human rights, including religious rights, says Archbishop Theodore McCarrick of Newark, N.J.”The future of religious minorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina remains bleak,”McCarrick said.”A year after the Dayton Accords, […]