NEWS DIGEST: Religion in Canada

c. 2004 Religion News Service Renegade Anglican Parishes Split VANCOUVER, British Columbia (RNS) Priests from four western parishes opposed to same-sex marriage rites have quit the Anglican Church of Canada nearly two years after the Diocese of New Westminster approved a rite of blessing for same-sex couples. The priests _ and the parishes they serve […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service IRS Issues Election-Year Politicking Reminder to Churches WASHINGTON (RNS) The Internal Revenue Service has warned churches and other houses of worship they risk losing their tax-exempt status if they engage in partisan election-year politics. The IRS, in a routine advisory issued every four years since 1992, said religious groups are […]

NEWS FEATURE: As `Left Behind’ Series Winds Down, Final Book Off to Strong Start

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Just weeks after hitting bookstore shelves, the final book in the amazingly successful, 12-volume “Left Behind” series is “No. 1” on national best-seller lists. “Glorious Appearing,” the last progeny of a prodigious partnership between conservative minister the Rev. Tim LaHaye, and Christian writer Jerry Jenkins, was released March 30. […]

COMMENTARY: The Proper Study of Mankind: In Church, During Sermon

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Eugene Cullen Kennedy, a longtime observer of the Roman Catholic Church, is professor emeritus of psychology at Loyola University in Chicago and author of “Cardinal Bernardin’s Stations of the Cross,” published by St. Martin’s Press.) (UNDATED) The proper study of mankind, poet Alexander Pope observed long ago, is man. Noting […]

COMMENTARY: On Israel’s Birthday, Answering the Question `Is Israel Real?’

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin, the American Jewish Committee’s senior interreligious adviser, is Distinguished Visiting Professor at Saint Leo University.) (UNDATED) There is a crowded shop in Jerusalem offering customers a wide assortment of lettered T-shirts. Some shirts prominently display faces of famous rock performers or movie stars. Other brightly colored shirts feature […]

NEWS STORY: Pentecostal Bishop Defends Himself Against Heresy Charge

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A Pentecostal preacher who has been declared a heretic by some of his clerical colleagues has reacted to their claim with a renewed commitment to his controversial doctrine known as “the gospel of inclusion.” The teachings of Bishop Carlton Pearson of Tulsa, Okla., were recently declared unorthodox and heretical […]

NEWS STORY: `Faithful’ Catholics Gather at First Prayer Breakfast

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ When 1,000 “faithful” Catholics packed a hotel ballroom for the first-ever National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday (April 28), noticeably absent was the man who could be the first Catholic president in 44 years. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., probably would have found few kindred souls […]

COMMENTARY: The Gods of Globalization

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Professor Akbar S. Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., is author of “Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World,” published by Polity Press.) (UNDATED) In this uncertain and anxiety-charged world, we either take comfort in the traditional figures of our religions […]