RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Cardinal Warns Parents About Giving Wireless Devices as Christmas Gifts WASHINGTON (RNS) A leading Catholic cardinal is warning Catholic parents to be careful when buying iPods and other wireless devices as Christmas gifts because they could be used by minors to access pornography. Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore, who co-chairs […]

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NEWS ANALYSIS: Pope Faces Struggles, Resistance to Implement New Rules on Gay Priests

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Pope Benedict XVI could face the first major test of his authority as the Vatican prepares to enforce instructions that bar openly gay men from entering seminaries and the priesthood. In giving his personal approval to a document outlining the ban, Benedict has made it clear that […]

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NEWS ANALYSIS: Pope Faces Struggles, Resistance to Implement New Rules on Gay Priests

c. 2005 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Pope Benedict XVI could face the first major test of his authority as the Vatican prepares to enforce instructions that bar openly gay men from entering seminaries and the priesthood. In giving his personal approval to a document outlining the ban, Benedict has made it clear that […]

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Kansas School Board Chairman Defends Faith, Attacks Evolution `Dogma’

c. 2005 Religion News Service ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. _ At the Sirloin Stockade, the state school board chairman leading an assault on “neo-Darwinian biological evolution” bowed his head and prayed aloud before eating his buffet lunch. A veterinarian and farmer, Steve Abrams makes no secret of his Christian faith or his belief that God created […]

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Kansas School Board Chairman Defends Faith, Attacks Evolution `Dogma’

c. 2005 Religion News Service ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. _ At the Sirloin Stockade, the state school board chairman leading an assault on “neo-Darwinian biological evolution” bowed his head and prayed aloud before eating his buffet lunch. A veterinarian and farmer, Steve Abrams makes no secret of his Christian faith or his belief that God created […]

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Town Still Ridiculed for Christian Beliefs 80 Years After Scopes Trial

c. 2005 Religion News Service DAYTON, Tenn. _ Eighty years ago, media coverage of the Scopes “Monkey Trial” branded this town a backwater haven of the Bible Belt, a place where ignorant Christians gave blind faith precedence over scientific discovery. It’s still ridiculed for its literal biblical beliefs, recently by Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” […]

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Town Still Ridiculed for Christian Beliefs 80 Years After Scopes Trial

c. 2005 Religion News Service DAYTON, Tenn. _ Eighty years ago, media coverage of the Scopes “Monkey Trial” branded this town a backwater haven of the Bible Belt, a place where ignorant Christians gave blind faith precedence over scientific discovery. It’s still ridiculed for its literal biblical beliefs, recently by Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” […]

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`Evolutionary Evangelist’ Takes Show on the Road

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) For the past three years, Michael Dowd has traveled the country with his wife, science writer Connie Barlow, sleeping in their van or at friends’ homes and preaching a 14-billion-year-old gospel. “The Great Story,” as Dowd calls it, presents the epic of evolution as sacred and meaningful, rather than […]

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`Evolutionary Evangelist’ Takes Show on the Road

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) For the past three years, Michael Dowd has traveled the country with his wife, science writer Connie Barlow, sleeping in their van or at friends’ homes and preaching a 14-billion-year-old gospel. “The Great Story,” as Dowd calls it, presents the epic of evolution as sacred and meaningful, rather than […]

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Vatican Astronomer: Don’t Use Science to `Prove God Did Something’

c. 2005 Religion News Service SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ From Brother Guy J. Consolmagno’s perspective, the latest chapter in the evolution vs. creationism debate focuses on the wrong question. “The idea of insisting God did something misses the whole glory of the universe,” the Vatican astronomer said in an interview. Consolmagno recently discussed the connections between […]

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