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c. 1997 Religion News Service Seminary librarian fired over letter to SBC president (RNS) A librarian at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary was fired Sept. 26 apparently because he wrote a letter questioning the accuracy of remarks denominational president Tom Elliff made in a chapel address. Paul Debusman, 64, was dismissed from the Louisville, Ky., seminary […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Patriarch pays a low-profile call on White House (RNS) On the day the Clinton Administration unveiled its response to global warming and tensions heightened between Greece and Turkey, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, was welcomed Wednesday (Oct. 22) at the White House in an unexpectedly low-key meeting. In a brief session with […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Deborah Lyons, wife of Baptist leader, pleads guilty to arson (RNS) Deborah Lyons, wife of the president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, pleaded guilty Monday (Oct. 20) to first-degree arson in a case that led to controversy for her husband, the Rev. Henry J. Lyons and the nation’s largest […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Cuba to allow additional foreign Catholic priests and nuns (RNS) Cuba will allow an additional 57 foreign priests and nuns to enter the island nation to help the country’s small Roman Catholic leadership prepare for the January visit of Pope John Paul II. Some 28 priests and 29 nuns will […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Appeals court nixes Ohio ban of `partial-birth’ abortions (RNS) A three-judge federal appeals court panel has struck down Ohio’s first-in-the-nation ban of the late-term abortion procedure opponents refer to as”partial-birth”abortion. In a 2-1 ruling, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati Tuesday (Nov. 18) upheld a 1995 U.S. […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Pope addresses Vatican policies enroute to Brazil (RNS) Brazilians put the finishing touches on preparations for a visit by Pope John Paul II as the pontiff discussed Vatican policies on sainthood and anti-Semitism before arriving in the South American nation Thursday afternoon (Oct. 2). Enroute, the pontiff dashed the hopes […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Orthodox Christian leader elevates status of U.S. bishops (RNS) Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has elevated the status of six American bishops of the Greek Orthodox and Carpatho-Russian Orthodox churches. Meanwhile, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has released a memorandum intended to quiet growing unrest within the church over the leadership […]


c. 1997 Religion News Service Report: Moon’s Unification Church has few members, lots of businesses (RNS) Membership in the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church continues to decline, even as his multibillion-dollar religious empire continues to grow, The Washington Post reported in a series of in-depth articles on the controversial movement. In the Washington, D.C., […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Disney’s Eisner calls notion of anti-Christian bent `ridiculous’ (RNS) Walt Disney Co. Chairman Michael Eisner called charges that his company promotes an anti-Christian agenda”ridiculous”and said a Southern Baptist-led boycott has not affected the entertainment conglomerate financially. When delegates to the June meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention voted to boycott […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service United Church of Canada in uproar over moderator’s remarks (RNS) The United Church of Canada (UCC), the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, is in an uproar following comments by its top official, who said he did not believe Jesus was God, was bodily resurrected or is the only path to God. […]