RNS Daily Digest

c. 1998 Religion News Service Bulgarian Orthodox to quit World Council of Churches (RNS) The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has announced it will withdraw from the World Council of Churches, the Geneva-based international ecumenical body, citing the WCC’s style and direction.”We have no intention of ending ecumenical church contacts or cutting links with other Christian organizations,”a […]

NEWS FEATURE: Unique summer camp brings together secular humanist youths

c. 1998 Religion News Service OREGONIA, Ohio _ At Camp Quest _ where the motto is”It’s Beyond Belief”and the camp song proclaim’s”Reason’s Our Way”_ the discussion preceding the toasting of marshmallows for s’mores one hot and humid July evening focused on proving the nonexistence of unicorns. Camp director Edwin Kagin, playing the foil, stubbornly insisted […]

NEWS STORY: Pope tightens control over national bishops’ conferences

c. 1998 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Pope John Paul II is attempting to exert greater control over national bishops’ conferences in a new apostolic letter some church observers say has the potential to create ecclesiastical gridlock in Rome. The papal declaration requires action on major statements of faith and practice from the world’s 108 […]

NEWS STORY: Bioethicist’s views generate controversy at Princeton

c. 1998 Religion News Service PRINCETON, N.J. _ Princeton University has hired a bioethicist best known in this country for his views on animal rights but who has described people with birth defects and some disabilities as “defective,” leading to national attention on his controversial writings on euthanasia. Australian Peter Singer, 52, has been named […]

COMMENTARY: Is it too easy to be a Catholic these days?

c. 1998 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 http://www.agreeley.com or contact him via e-mail at agreel(at)aol.com.) UNDATED _ According to some conservative commentators, it has become too easy these days […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 1998 Religion News Service State Department seeking religious leader exchanges with China (RNS) The State Department’s chief human rights staffer said Washington hopes to arrange future exchanges of religious leaders with Beijing to”deepen the dialogue”on religious freedom in China. Assistant Secretary John Shattuck, who heads the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and […]