COMMENTARY: The Jerrys and the GOP

c. 1999 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 _ How are the two men who are destroying the Chicago Bulls _ […]

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NEWS STORY: Russian police raid three Scientology facilities

c. 1999 Religion News Service MOSCOW _ Carrying automatic weapons and wearing bulletproof vests, Russian law enforcement officers have raided three Scientology facilities here over two days as part of an investigation of suspected tax evasion by the group. The police actions were part of an 11-month investigation into the activities of the Church of […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Archdiocese seeks to train a new generation of Hispanic leaders

c. 1999 Religion News Service UNION CITY, N.J. _ In a restored classroom once filled with immigrant German Roman Catholic students, Veronica Chavez sat in rapt attention with 44 other Latino adults as the Rev. Fernando Gomez offered pointers on the best way to lead a prayer group. Chavez, who leads a weekly charismatic meeting, […]

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COMMENTARY: Public spirituality: Never sit too close

c. 1999 Religion News Service (Eugene Kennedy, a longtime observer of the Roman Catholic Church, is professor emeritus of psychology at Loyola University in Chicago and author most recently of”My Brother Joseph,”published by St. Martin’s Press.) UNDATED _ Recently, my wife and I were fortunate enough to attend a concert given by a wonderful tenor. […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Scholar sees Hebrew influences in Emily Dickinson’s poetry

c. 1999 Religion News Service AMHERST, Mass. _ It’s been quite a year for Emily Dickinson. In less than 12 months, two separate Dickinson scholars have published books suggesting her poetry, when read between the lines, reveals she was having either a secret lesbian affair with her sister-in-law or a secret adulterous affair with her […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 1999 Religion News Service Most Americans are religious, but not committed to house of worship (RNS) Large majorities of Americans say they’re religious and think spirituality is important, but that doesn’t translate into commitment to a single religion or house of worship, a MacArthur Foundation survey has found. More than seven out of 10 […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Have `sexual McCarthyism,’ Monicagate soured America on sex and love?

c. 1999 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Have Monicagate and”sexual McCarthyism”soured America’s love affair with Valentine’s Day? Unfortunately, no, say religious leaders and thinkers. Ethicists and theologians say they are all for flowers, candy, candlelight dinners _ even sex. But, they add, sexual standards must be reassessed in an era when sexuality has been debased […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 1999 Religion News Service Israeli president warns of violence at Orthodox protest (RNS) With Orthodox leaders threatening to mobilize a half-million supporters for a weekend protest, Israel’s president met Thursday (Feb. 11) with a leading rabbi in an effort he said was designed to prevent bloodshed should secular counter-demonstrators also turn out. President Ezer […]

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NEWS FEATURE: Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue: a steep and difficult climb

c. 1999 Religion News Service ROME _ Cardinal Edward Cassidy, who heads the Vatican’s Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, likens the ecumenical dialogue between Anglicans and Roman Catholics to climbing a mountain. In the early stages, he says, you are scaling the foothills, which is easy. But as time goes on you reach […]

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NEWS STORY: Clinton urges peace, reconciliation at prayer breakfast

c. 1999 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ President Clinton urged historic enemies in the Middle East and elsewhere to reconcile and work for peace in a National Prayer Breakfast talk Thursday (Feb. 4) that one of his spiritual advisers said was as much about his own impeachment problems as the global issues he cited.”I ask […]

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