Divided Religious Conservatives Appear Eager to Back a New Nominee

c. 2005 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Now that Harriet Miers has withdrawn as President Bush’s Supreme Court nominee, religious conservatives appear eager to unite behind a nominee likely to rule in their favor on hot-button issues like abortion, gay rights and church-state separation. “We are assured that the president will keep his promise to […]

How should military chaplains pray?

Quote of the Day: Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C. “Chaplains ought to be able to pray based on who they are. Otherwise, it’s hypocrisy.” -Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., who joined efforts by Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., to send a letter to President Bush asking him to issue an executive order that would permit military chaplains […]

50 Propositions

After a Lively Start, Synod Affirms Priestly Celibacy and Other Traditions RNS’ Vatican correspondent, Stacy Miechtry, reviews the output of the recent Catholic bishop’s synod in our article of the week, linked above. Quote: But in the end, the bishops were not ready to take dramatic action at the synod, which traditionally convenes every two […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Episcopal Report Says Alaska Drilling Would Violate Human Rights WASHINGTON (RNS) A new report co-sponsored by the Episcopal Church says President Bush’s plan to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would endanger the human rights of the Gwich’in native people, who are overwhelmingly Episcopalians. The report said […]

Adjusting to a Less Festive Eid

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When Salma Kazmi, now 30, was a child in Brookline, Mass., the end of Ramadan was not quite the festive celebration her parents experienced in a Muslim-majority country. “My parents tried to re-create the holiday they knew back in Pakistan,” Kazmi said, but didn’t succeed. She recalls long and […]

Powerlifter Flexes Spiritual Muscles for Ministry

c. 2005 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ Walk into the Rev. John Black’s storefront church, Jesus Speaks Ministries, and there is nothing unusual about the faded carpet or the mix of old upholstered chairs in the simple sanctuary. What stands out is the pastor, a 54-year-old tree trunk of power, his arms bursting out of […]

COMMENTARY: England’s Other State Religion, Multiculturalism

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) “I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Most people think Voltaire said that. He didn’t, but I will defend your right to say he did. It’s a nice sentiment anyway, deployed by those who regard themselves as […]

RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Decides to Open Financial Books to Public (RNS) In a move expected to inspire imitation far beyond Massachusetts, the Archdiocese of Boston has pledged to disclose all of its finances to the public next year, even if the state Legislature doesn’t require it. “During the first […]

Remembering Rosa Parks

Quote of the Day: Coretta Scott King “Surely Mrs. Rosa Parks was sent to us by God, because few among us were so well prepared to play such a momentous role in history.” -Coretta Scott King, widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., on the Monday death of Rosa Parks, a woman whose refusal […]