Top-notch chicken wings

Quote of the Day: Monsignor Isidore Rozycki, Catholic priest “I look it as a very fun place. … You forget about the tensions and stress of daily life and get an opportunity to laugh with friends. And it’s great food.” -Monsignor Isidore Rozycki, a Catholic priest, explaining why he blessed a new Hooters restaurant in […]

A Pope Focused on Changing His Church, Not the World

c. 2006 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ On any given week, the oval contours of St. Peter’s Square swell with tens of thousands of banner-waving pilgrims, gathered to hear Pope Benedict XVI preach in a monotone, high-tenor voice. The German pontiff does not have the commanding presence of his Polish predecessor, John Paul II, […]

Despite Confession of `Mistake,’ Oprah Remains a Spiritual Force

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) For millions of people struggling with their daily woes, there is a lifeline out there. Her name is Oprah Winfrey. Despite an on-air admission Thursday (Jan. 26) that she “made a mistake” in promoting a discredited book about addiction recovery, Oprah is a spiritual force. In telling stories of […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Mormon Church President, 95, Treated for Cancer in Intestine (RNS) Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is said to be resting comfortably, after undergoing treatment for a cancerous condition, a church spokeswoman announced Wednesday (Jan. 25). Hinckley, 95, had a routine medical screening, […]

When Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness

Or maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be. A Catholic church in NW Indiana has to pay $100,000 to clean up its rectory after its old pastor was apparently trying to recreate Noah’s Ark with a host of dogs, cats and guinea pigs. The problem, however, is that the priest never cleaned up after […]

Looking for more than a phone call

Quote of the Day: Family Research Council President Tony Perkins “I welcome the president’s remarks-but he’d be more effective if he made them in person. Even Jimmy Carter doesn’t phone in to Habitat for Humanity.” -Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, comparing President Bush’s annual telephone call to March for Life anti-abortion protesters to former […]

Evangelicals on immigration

On Immigration Issue, Big Evangelical Groups Conspicuously Mum In the latest RNS article of the week, linked above, G. Jeffrey MacDonald looks at reasons why evangelicals seem to be keeping quiet on the issue of immigration. Sample grab: Evangelicals’ hesitancy traces, observers say, to political as much as moral reservations. Evangelicals might be inclined to […]

COMMENTARY: Competition Should Inspire, Not Denigrate

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Across the countries of the world, no sport is more competitive than soccer. We’ve all heard the stories of entire stadiums erupting in violence. Many world-class arenas are now ringed in wire to keep irate fans from storming the field and attacking officials or members of the opposing team. […]

Four Bishops, Including First Woman, Nominated to Head Episcopal Church

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) One woman and three Southern men have been nominated to lead the Episcopal Church as the badly divided denomination faces an uncertain future and threats of schism after decades of fighting. The four bishops _ J. Neil Alexander of Atlanta; Henry Parsley of Birmingham, Ala.; Edwin Gulick of Louisville, […]

Pope Benedict XVI Issues First Encyclical, on Love

c. 2006 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Pope Benedict XVI issued the first encyclical of his papacy Wednesday (Jan. 25), dedicating Roman Catholicism’s highest form of writing to a reflection on love and charity that called for a “purification” of erotic love between men and women. The encyclical, titled “Deus Caritas Est” or “God […]