Should the Catholic Church Publicly Expose Priests Who Abused?

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When the Newark (N.J.) Archdiocese determined in 2003 that the Rev. Gerald Ruane had been credibly accused of sex abuse, it accepted his retirement and quietly banned him from presenting himself as a priest in public. The diocese also banned him from wearing clerical garb. So this spring, his […]

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COMMENTARY: Jerusalem Need Not Divide Over Religion

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Despite the current focus on Israel’s planned withdrawal from Gaza, there is no territorial issue as likely to sabotage hopes for peace between Israelis and Palestinians as the final status of Jerusalem. This issue, while not in the international headlines, continues to fuel the conflict. The battle for control […]

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Lutherans Consider Gay Issue With Unique Approach That Omits Discipline

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The nation’s largest Lutheran church body will try to settle the divisive issue of homosexuality by maintaining bans on gay clergy and same-sex unions _ while also allowing churches to break both those rules without threat of discipline. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), with 5 million members, […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Christian Church Is First Major Mainline Denomination to Elect Female Head (RNS) For the first time in the denomination’s history, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has elected a woman to be its general minister and president. The Rev. Sharon Watkins was elected general minister and president of the 750,000-member […]

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COMMENTARY: Clean-Cut Roberts Scares Left on Abortion, Religion and Even the Way He Looks

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) It’s been a few weeks, and we still don’t know exactly what John Roberts _ if that is his real name _ was doing when Roe v. Wade was decided. Working quietly in a college classroom? Playing pinball at the student union? Sitting in a darkened dorm mapping out […]

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COMMENTARY: Iraq Constitution Must Protect Freedom to Choose Your Religion

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The war in Iraq isn’t really over until there is a guarantee of religious freedom in the new constitution. And right now, the deadline is looming as the creators of the new document debate ideas such as federalism, powers of regional governments, the role of religion and the allocation […]

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COMMENTARY: Bomb Mecca Over Terrorism? Then Nuke the Vatican for Sex Abuse

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) One step forward: A group of British imams issued an honest-to-Allah fatwa against suicide bombers. According to the clerics, terrorists are not acting in the name of true Islam and will ride a hot, slick razor blade straight to hell. Good; more, please. Alas, there’s also one step back: […]

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RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Observant Jews Say Daylight Savings Extension Hurts Morning Prayer (RNS) Observant Jews are expressing concerns over legislation extending daylight savings time by two months, saying that the late sunrises would impact their ability to pray in the morning and still reach work by 9 a.m. The provision, which set daylight […]

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Elvis stealing the church’s music

Larry Norman, Christian rock artist “I thought Elvis was stealing the church’s music. And I thought I should steal it back.” – Larry Norman, Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee, on how his musical career began. Norman, who is retiring, has been recognized as inventing the Christian rock genre. He was quoted in the Statesman […]

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Elvis stealing the church’s music

Larry Norman, Christian rock artist “I thought Elvis was stealing the church’s music. And I thought I should steal it back.” – Larry Norman, Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee, on how his musical career began. Norman, who is retiring, has been recognized as inventing the Christian rock genre. He was quoted in the Statesman […]

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