Point of Grace Promotes `Classy, not Trashy’ Attire

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Teenage girls _ and their mothers _ tend to get very excited about Point of Grace, a fixture on America’s Christian music scene for 15 years. The four female singers hope to translate that excitement over their music into lessons about chastity and modesty. Across the country, they are […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Pope Condemns Human Trafficking VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI condemned human trafficking on Friday (Oct. 28), underscoring the role smugglers play in funneling unknowing immigrant women into foreign prostitution rings. Benedict described trafficking as a “scourge” that preys upon the vulnerability of immigrant women in search of better economic […]

COMMENTARY: Halloween Costumes Get Religion

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) I love Halloween, and I hate to see it melting away like the Wicked Witch of the West. But two factors are working against my favorite holiday. First, there’s safety. It seems every generation is less likely to let the kids out after dark than the generation before. Second, […]

Victims Renew Call for National Database of Clergy Abusers

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Amid all the disturbing tales of priests being charged with sexually abusing minors, stories about Nicholas Cudemo stand out. A grand jury report on clergy sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, released last month, revealed Cudemo had been accused of abusing 16 minors, raping an 11-year-old […]

Calls for clergy abuse database; Point of Grace

Friday’s RNS report starts off with a report by Jeff Diamant about renewed calls from victims’ advocates for a national database of clergy abusers, following last month’s grand jury report on abuse in Philadelphia: Amid all the disturbing tales of priests being charged with sexually abusing minors, stories about Nicholas Cudemo stand out. When a […]

COMMENTARY: A Difficult Visit Examining Katrina’s Wallop

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Working for the American Jewish Committee’s hurricane emergency relief fund, my task was to visit hurricane-ravaged New Orleans and parts of Alabama to recommend reconstruction projects. Like millions of other concerned people, AJC’s members and supporters have been most generous in their contributions. Despite the high spirits and undeniable […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service U.S. House Passes Housing Bill Opposed by Church Groups WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. House has approved a controversial measure that would deny new federal housing funds to any nonprofit group _ including churches _ that have engaged in voter registration or get-out-the-vote activities. The Republican-backed provision, attached to the Federal […]

Liberal Episcopalians Make Plans for Denominational Split in 2006

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Liberal Episcopalians, concerned that a split over homosexuality may be inevitable next year, have begun laying the groundwork for seizing control of church property and replacing bishops who leave the church. Leaders of Via Media, a loosely knit alliance of liberal groups in 12 conservative dioceses, sketched out the […]