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c. 2004 Religion News Service Bishops Advise Catholic Voters on Political Choices WASHINGTON (RNS) The nation’s Catholic bishops have distributed 10 questions that voters should ask political candidates, but cautioned they “should not isolate a particular element of Catholic doctrine” and ignore other issues. On Friday (Aug. 20), the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops distributed […]

NEWS STORY: Evangelist to Jews Drops Lawsuit Against University

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) An evangelist who was once asked to leave the University of New Orleans for distributing controversial religious material has dropped her lawsuit against the school after it adopted a policy that permits her to resume her work. Michelle Beadle, who describes herself as a Jew who believes in the […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Chinese Detain L.A.-Based Buddhist Leader, Catholic Priests (RNS) A Los Angeles-based Buddhist leader and eight underground Catholic priests have been detained by the Chinese government in what human rights groups call an apparent crackdown on religious freedom. Yu Tianjian, a “living Buddha” who has been the abbot of Dari Rulai […]

NEWS FEATURE: Pastor Climbed Out of the Bottle, Into the Pulpit

c. 2004 Religion News Service FLINT, Mich. Thomas Tarpley was only 4 when he got drunk on homemade wine. By the time he was in his mid-20s, the high school dropout had tried just about every kind of booze and drugs as a full-blown alcoholic. Today, Tarpley, 62, is pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church […]

COMMENTARY: Sorrow’s Bystanders

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) On a recent Sunday, Fox Television aired a program on the possibility of the […]

COMMENTARY: Old and New Religious Crusades at a Theater Near You

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin, the American Jewish Committee’s senior interreligious adviser, is Distinguished Visiting Professor at Saint Leo University.) (UNDATED) Next year 20th Century Fox will release a $130 million epic film about Christians battling Muslims in the Middle East. Sound contemporary? Is the movie based on the current armed struggle in […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Sudan Crisis Is Worst Disaster on Planet, a Top Bishop Says (RNS) The refugee and military crisis in Sudan is without question the most dire humanitarian situation anywhere in the world, according to a top Catholic bishop who recently returned from a visit to the war-torn country. Bishop John Ricard […]

NEWS FEATURE: Book Asks: What Kind of Civil Religion Will We Have?

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In her new book “Broken We Kneel: Reflections on Faith and Citizenship” (Jossey-Bass), Diana Butler Bass calls believers to examine U.S. actions and policies in light of Christian teaching and tradition. As the nation’s two major political parties try to link ideologies and presidential candidates to having the right […]