COMMENTARY: Beware the pride of demographic victimization

c. 1997 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. Check out his home page at or contact him via e-mail at agreel(at) UNDATED _ There is a new kind of pride. Sociologists might call it the […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Rosalynn Carter urges greater attention to care of dying (RNS) Former first lady Rosalynn Carter has been named honorary chair of a new coalition aimed at improving the care of Americans who are dying. The coalition, called Last Acts, is made up of organizations representing religious groups, the medical community, […]

COMMENTARY: America needs a `theology of pluralism’

c. 1997 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee). UNDATED _ A recent conference at one of America’s largest divinity school, Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., brought together leaders of two religious groups _ Jews and evangelical Christians _ that have often been strangers to […]

NEWS FEATURE: Conservative Catholics say”Common Ground”may be trimmed

c. 1997 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ The Common Ground Project, an effort launched by the late Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago to promote dialogue and overcome divisions on sensitive pastoral and theological issues within the Roman Catholic Church, has been criticized by conservatives since its inception. Now, some of those critics are […]

NEWS STORY: Religious leaders press for campaign finance reform

c. 1997 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ A broad coalition of religious leaders Thursday (Feb. 13), saying that reform of the system for financing elections is”a moral matter,”called on Congress to pass legislation to change the system.”The present system of financing elections has become a major scandal,”the religious leaders said in an open letter to […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Report: Teen pregnancies down around the world; U.S. still high (RNS) The rate of young women who become pregnant before the age of 20 is down in many parts of the world compared to 20 years ago, a new report said Wednesday (Feb. 12). But of all the industrialized nations, […]

COMMENTARY: The real mission of the church

c. 1997 Religion News Service (Samuel K. Atchison is an ordained minister and has worked as a policy analyst and social worker to the homeless. He currently is a prison chaplain in Trenton, N.J.) UNDATED _ A recent incident involving one of my inmate congregants sheds light on the need for the church to concentrate […]

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c. 1997 Religion News Service Kuwaiti man reportedly renounces conversion to Christianity (RNS) A Kuwaiti man who became the focus of international Christian concern after a Muslim religious court declared him an apostate for converting to Christianity has reportedly reverted to being a Muslim. Al-Rai al-Aam, a newspaper in Kuwait, quoted Robert Hussein on Friday […]

NEWS FEATURE: Religious rumors remarkably enduring

c. 1997 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Some religious rumors are fly-by-night. Chances are if you missed the bogus”Associated Press”wire story on the Internet about Microsoft acquiring the Roman Catholic Church, you won’t be hearing any more about on-line absolution. But many religious rumors, from reports of satanic corporate symbols to devil worshipers who sacrifice […]