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c. 2004 Religion News Service Former Massachusetts Bishop Indicted on Sexual Abuse Charges SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) The former bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has been indicted on child rape charges. He is the first U.S. Roman Catholic bishop to be charged with sexual abuse. A grand jury charged former Springfield Bishop Thomas […]

COMMENTARY: Molecular Biologist Explores Humanity’s `God Gene’

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Editors: Dean Hamer, a molecular biologist, is author of the forthcoming book `The God Gene: How Faith Is Hardwired Into Our Genes.’) (UNDATED) Since the dawn of our species, spirituality has been deeply woven into the human experience. More than 30,000 years ago, our ancestors in what today is Europe […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service At Request of Jewish Group, Target Pulls Kabbalah `Red String’ (RNS) Target has stopped selling bracelets made popular by pop icon Madonna and other celebrities after a Jewish group said the item commercialized a sacred religious tradition. The International Society for Sephardic Progress (ISFSP), a Florida-based advocacy group for Jews […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service Under Pressure From Jewish Groups, Wal-Mart Pulls Anti-Semitic Book (RNS) Retail giant Wal-Mart has agreed to stop selling the anti-Semitic book “The Protocols on the Learned Elders of Zion” after receiving complaints from Jewish groups. Wal-Mart said in a statement Friday (Sept. 24) that “we have made a business decision […]

NEWS STORY: Sunni Clerics Ramp Up Calls for Armed Opposition

c. 2004 Religion News Service BAGHDAD, Iraq _ For Sheik Mohammad Ali Mohammad al-Ghereri, a Sunni Muslim cleric, the question is no longer whether to tell his followers to fight the Americans, but how to assure they wage war properly. “The holy warriors should have a clerical leader with them to advise them on all […]

COMMENTARY: Presbyterians Have a Double Standard When It Comes to Israel

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin, the American Jewish Committee’s senior interreligious adviser, is Distinguished Visiting Professor at Saint Leo University.) (UNDATED) The Presbyterian Church (USA) is currently facing a self-inflicted firestorm of criticism, much of it coming from the denomination’s own clergy and lay leaders. This past summer the PCUSA’s national policy-making body, […]

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c. 2004 Religion News Service House Approves Bill Preventing Court `Under God’ Rulings Editors: Jayd Henricks is cq (both first and last name) in the 8th graph below. (RNS) U.S. House approval Thursday (Sept. 23) of a bill that would prevent courts from ruling on whether “under God” belongs in the Pledge of Allegiance has […]

COMMENTARY: Finding the Eternal in the Constraints of Time

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) Perhaps the world adorns itself with the superficial things of time _ the Emmy […]

NEWS FEATURE: Ashland, the Left Coast’s Secular Yet Spiritual Haven

c. 2004 Religion News Service ASHLAND, Ore. _ In North America’s newest spiritual mecca, the well-off, highly educated residents who fill the coffee bars, boutiques and healing centers do not see themselves as mere Americans. They see themselves as citizens of a sacred cosmos. In this idyllic town of 20,000 in the isolated south of […]