COMMENTARY: The Mystery of Pain

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Does pain serve a purpose? It is a classic question in pragmatic America in which many feel that everything, including art and religion, should have a purpose or be discarded or recycled. On the national pragmatic level, pain is not filed under “mystery” but under cost/benefit ratios. The culture […]

Hindu Holy Place Altered by Technology, Development, Pollution

c. 2005 Religion News Service VRINDAVAN, India _ For centuries, this 27-square-mile town on the road from Delhi to Agra has been the holiest of holy places for devotional Hindus. Drums, brass hand cymbals and the chanting of ancient prayers echo out each morning from Vrindavan’s 5,000 temples. Yet recent changes such as satellite television, […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Best Buy to Curb Violent Video Games, to Applause of Catholic Investors (RNS) Christian Brothers Investment Services announced Thursday (May 19) that it has withdrawn a shareholder resolution on violent video games that it filed with Best Buy Co. Inc. because the retailer has established a policy to restrict the […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Terri Schiavo’s Parents Meet Pope Benedict XVI, Other Vatican Officials VATICAN CITY (RNS) Robert and Mary Schindler, the parents of the late Terri Schiavo, met with Pope Benedict XVI and other Vatican officials to thank them for the church’s support in their fight to keep their daughter alive. The Schindlers […]

Bishop Refuses to Change Communion for Girl Allergic to Wheat Wafers

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A New Jersey woman whose 9-year-old daughter is allergic to wheat, which is used in Communion wafers, has failed to persuade her Roman Catholic bishop to let the girl use a non-wheat substitute for the church sacrament. In an hourlong meeting Tuesday (May 17) with Trenton Bishop John Smith […]

COMMENTARY: Newsweek Has Only Itself to Blame for Quran Story

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Did no one at Newsweek consider the difficulty of flushing a book down the toilet? Perhaps the editors assumed American technical ingenuity had developed a commode capable of consuming a Tom Clancy paperback in six seconds. Heck, when they fire that thing up, the suction makes cots in detention […]

Catholicism Current King of Religious Pop Culture

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The ratings for the televised daily miniseries that attended the death of the last pope and the investiture of Benedict XVI were pretty good _ better than day-to-day church attendance. But then, you don’t have to be Catholic to be entranced by spectacle. Apparently we need something mysterious and […]

RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Vatican Says Dialogue With Anglicans Back on Track VATICAN CITY (RNS) Actions by the Anglican Communion to distance itself from U.S. and Canadian church endorsements of homosexuality will permit Anglican-Catholic dialogue to go forward, the Vatican said. The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity made the statement Thursday (May 12), […]

COMMENTARY: Young and Prosperous Turning to Hard-Edged and Fearful Religious Orthodoxy

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Picture a prosperous suburban congregation, set among big houses and private schools, populated by professionals and young families, once known for its intellectual vitality, now caught up in stick-to-the-Bible orthodoxy. Preaching there, says a member, rarely strays from a word-by-word explication of assigned texts. Adult education classes tend to […]