COMMENTARY: Questions for a Judge Raise Questions for Catholics

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A year ago, in a summer set sizzling more than this one by presidential politics, America’s Catholic bishops were heavily criticized for questioning Catholic John Kerry about how he squared his profession of Catholic faith with his profession of support for “a woman’s right to choose,” aka abortion rights. […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service British Hindus Say Language Requirement Is Limiting Number of Priests LONDON (RNS) Britain’s 140 Hindu temples say they are having trouble recruiting pujaris _ Indian priests trained in temple rituals _ because of a national law that mandates clergy be able to speak English. In Birmingham, the Shri Venkateswara Balaji […]

Young Nuns Look Beyond Sally Field and Maria Von Trapp

c. 2005 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ Think Debbie Reynolds riding a motor scooter and singing “Dominique” in “The Singing Nun.” Or Sally Field soaring in and out of trouble as “The Flying Nun.” Or Julie Andrews being late for prayer because the hills were alive with “The Sound of Music.” Religious life seemed a […]

COMMENTARY: It’s All About Abortion, All the Time

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) It’s all about abortion, all day, all night, all week, all month, all year, all the time. Abortion is the most fevered issue in American life, even surpassing national defense, the fight against Islamic terrorism, and the financial status of Social Security, drug use, health care insurance and education. […]

Christian rock & roll soars to new heights

Thursday’s top RNS story is about the revival of Christian rock. Not only is it surging ahead in the Christian music industry, but big mainstream labels are also catching on. Improved musical chops, impressive fan bases cultivated by constant touring, and artists who don’t trash hotel rooms are all part of the draw, according to […]

Christian rock & roll soars to new heights

Thursday’s top RNS story is about the revival of Christian rock. Not only is it surging ahead in the Christian music industry, but big mainstream labels are also catching on. Improved musical chops, impressive fan bases cultivated by constant touring, and artists who don’t trash hotel rooms are all part of the draw, according to […]

A Mormon president?

Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. “The one question you didn’t ask was about Mormonism-whether it would hurt him (Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney) in a national campaign. The answer is no. We’ve moved on. That died with my brother Jack.” -U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, quoted in an Atlantic Monthly story about the Mormon faith of Massachusetts Gov. […]

A Mormon president?

Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. “The one question you didn’t ask was about Mormonism-whether it would hurt him (Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney) in a national campaign. The answer is no. We’ve moved on. That died with my brother Jack.” -U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, quoted in an Atlantic Monthly story about the Mormon faith of Massachusetts Gov. […]

No “religious test” for Supreme Court nominee

Kevin Eckstrom writes, in the RNS article of the week, that Catholic groups will be guarding against the use of Supreme Court nominee John Robert’s devout Catholicism to derail his nomination. Eckstrom notes that the debate over a public figure’s religiosity “has reopened questions of whether a nominee’s faith is fair game for inspection, and […]

No “religious test” for Supreme Court nominee

Kevin Eckstrom writes, in the RNS article of the week, that Catholic groups will be guarding against the use of Supreme Court nominee John Robert’s devout Catholicism to derail his nomination. Eckstrom notes that the debate over a public figure’s religiosity “has reopened questions of whether a nominee’s faith is fair game for inspection, and […]