COMMENTARY: Focus, Focus, Focus

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a writer and computer consultant, managing large-scale database implementations. An Episcopal priest, he lives in Durham, N.C. Visit his Web site at (UNDATED) After Christmas ends in farewell to our older sons, it is time to sit with some unusually fine gift coffee and to think […]

NEWS FEATURE: Hindus Turn to Internet for Temple Prayers

c. 2004 Religion News Service LOS ANGELES _ The online market for Hindu religious services is coming of age, with a plethora of Web sites now catering to the needs of the pious, offering them remote access to temples that have special significance on the Indian religious map. The Web sites offer devotees the chance […]

NEWS FEATURE: 2004 Saw Religious Films Break Into the Mainstream

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) This was an extraordinary year for religion in film because: A. A film about the last hours of Jesus made in two dead languages _ Aramaic and Latin _ is the third-highest grossing movie of the year. B. Religious filmmakers broke traditional artistic boundaries to tell their stories in […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service Survey: 44 Percent Favor Curtailing Civil Liberties for Muslims (RNS) Americans are almost evenly divided between those who believe that civil liberties for Muslim Americans should be restricted and those who do not, a national study has found. Forty-four percent of those surveyed by the Media and Society Research Group […]

NEWS STORY: Religious Relief Groups Mobilize Aid for Tidal Wave Victims

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The earthquake and tidal waves that killed more than 23,000 people in South Asia have prompted a massive response by religious and humanitarian aid groups in what one official called one of the most catastrophic natural disasters on record. The 9.0 earthquake on Sunday (Dec. 26) _ centered about […]

Catholic System Ineffective at Eliminating Clergy Theft

c. 2004 Newhouse News Service NEWARK, N.J. _ Catholic Church law has required since 1983 that every pastor appoint a committee of lay members to help set spending priorities and manage the parish’s money. But when the Rev. Joseph Hughes was allegedly taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from an off-the-books bank account at Holy […]

NEWS FEATURE: Eastern Orthodox School Teaches Faith-Based Greek, Latin and `Holy Wisdom’

c. 2004 Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. _ On the walls of Ingrid Schor’s classroom are maps of ancient Mesopotamia and pictures of the creation of the animals from Genesis that her students have colored in bright hues. The students’ handiwork offers hints of the central theme of Agia Sophia Academy _ providing faith-based, classical […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service Pope Defrocks Priest Who Was Shot by Man Who Accused Him of Abuse (RNS) Pope John Paul II has defrocked a Baltimore priest who was shot in 2002 by a man who said he was a victim of the cleric’s abuse. Maurice Blackwell, former pastor of St. Edward’s Roman Catholic […]

COMMENTARY: Don’t Overlook Catholicism’s Positive Stories

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) News is by its nature negative. Just read the headlines and you will find negative words in almost every one of them. The Catholic Church has had its share of sensational headlines over the past three years, most of them regarding the sex abuse scandal in the priesthood. Despite […]