Faith in God’s protection

Quote of the Day: Mississippi Investigative Reporter Jerry Mitchell “If they kill me, they kill me. I try not to do anything stupid. My faith plays a big role. I really believe God’s hand has been in this.” -Jerry Mitchell, award-winning investigative reporter for the Jackson Clarion-Ledger in Mississippi, commenting about how he has received […]

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RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Swedish Pastor’s Acquittal of Alleged Hate Crime Called Free Speech Win (RNS) American legal groups defending religious liberty say they are pleased with the acquittal of a Swedish pastor who had been charged with a hate crime after calling homosexuals a “cancerous tumor” in society. Pastor Ake Green was acquitted […]

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Vatican Renews Rejection of Gay Priests, Says Homosexuality Not Normal

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ The Vatican on Tuesday (Nov. 29) officially published a document barring openly gay men from entering the priesthood and immediately rushed to defend the guidelines, renewing its rejection of homosexuality as normal. Although the document draws from decades of church teaching that regards gays as “objectively disordered,” […]

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At Large Seminary, New Rules to Have Little Impact on Screening of Gay Men

c. 2005 Religion News Service EMMITSBURG, Md. _ When Joe Yokum considered a call to the Catholic priesthood five years ago, the first thing a seminary official asked him was not his understanding of the Trinity or salvation, or even why he wanted to be a priest. “Do you consider yourself to be a homosexual […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Swedish Pastor’s Acquittal of Alleged Hate Crime Called Free Speech Win (RNS) American legal groups defending religious liberty say they are pleased with the acquittal of a Swedish pastor who had been charged with a hate crime after calling homosexuals a “cancerous tumor” in society. Pastor Ake Green was acquitted […]

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COMMENTARY: Confession Still Good for the Soul, But It’s Bad for Your Career

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In the original spirit of Advent _ penitence, not shopping _ I could suggest we all confess our sins. Imagine the good it would do us to confess the sordid side of our adolescence, poor decisions made at college, slacking off at work, stupid petitions signed, harsh words spoken, […]

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Former Catholic Cleric Predicts Gay Exodus from Priesthood

c. 2005 Religion News Service RIDGEFIELD, N.J. _ He left the Catholic priesthood in 1998, he said, because he was tired of shielding his identity as a gay man from a church that condemns homosexuality. The Rev. Mariano Gargiulo, now an Episcopal priest in the Newark diocese, said he believes Tuesday’s (Nov. 29) Vatican edict […]

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Terminated teacher

Quote of the Day: Fired Catholic Teacher Michelle McCusker “I don’t understand how a religion that prides itself on being forgiving and on valuing life could terminate me because I’m pregnant and am choosing to have this baby. I held the Catholic religion to a higher standard.” -Michelle McCusker, a Catholic-school teacher who was fired […]

Vatican’s document on gay priests

Tuesday’s RNS report offers three articles on the Vatican’s official document on gay priests, release today, Nov. 29. Stacy Meichtry reports from the Vatican City: The Vatican officially published a document Tuesday (Nov. 29) that bars openly gay men from entering the priesthood and followed that up with an editorial rejecting homosexuality as abnormal. Critics […]

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To Protect Kids, an Orthodox Jewish Community Unplugs the Internet

c. 2005 Religion News Service LAKEWOOOD, N.J. _ Like so many Americans, Mesh Gelman relies on the Internet for work. But in a move that’s likely to complicate his business in international trade, he plans to unplug his home computer from the wired world, shutting out all that’s good _ and bad _ about the […]

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