NEWS FEATURE: Catholic Church Has History of Disciplining Dissidents

c. 2004 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ The blow fell just before Easter 1962, in a city attuned to the solemn rhythms of traditional Catholicism. On Monday of Holy Week, Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel announced the excommunication of three Catholic public figures for loudly condemning his decision to integrate the archdiocese’s Catholic schools. Until […]

NEWS STORY: Democrats Tap First Director of Religious Outreach

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The Democratic National Committee, believing President Bush’s support among moderate religious voters may be growing soft, has hired its first director to specifically reach out to faith groups. The Rev. Brenda Bartella Peterson was named senior adviser for religious outreach on Friday (July 23). She will serve at […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service Prisons taking steps to prevent religious extremism (RNS) In an effort to prevent religious extremism, the Federal Bureau of Prisons has made more than a dozen changes in its selection and supervision of providers of Muslim religious services, according to a government analysis. A May report by the Justice Department’s […]

NEWS FEATURE: A `Summer Camp’ for Jailed Moms and Their Kids

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ In a training room of the city jail, Joyce Morris and her 10-year-old daughter Kathryn instinctively held hands. It was something they hadn’t done for six months. On this mid-July day, they had just begun a unique experience _ a “summer camp” for incarcerated mothers and children designed […]