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c. 2006 Religion News Service University Denies Dismissing Players Because of Faith PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) An attorney for New Mexico State University on Tuesday (Aug. 29) denied that three football players were removed from the team because they were Muslims and said the school “did nothing wrong.” Bruce Kite, the university’s general counsel, was responding […]

U.S. Catholic Bishops Approve New Rules for Priests

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) U.S. Roman Catholic bishops have issued revised guidelines for teaching and accepting candidates for the priesthood, placing additional emphasis on celibacy and formally adopting the Vatican’s ban on “those who practice homosexuality” or support “gay culture.” The Program of Priestly Formation, which has governed U.S. seminaries since 1971, was […]

COMMENTARY: Abbott More Like Costello in Attacks on Bernardin

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago has been dead for almost 10 years. He is, however, far more alive than many church leaders because of his great contributions to church and society, and for his holiness as he accepted the suffering from cancer that led to his death. He is […]

Disabled Muslims Lobby for Better Access to Mosques

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Every Friday afternoon, Betty Hasan-Amin asks her caretaker to help her tie a brightly patterned scarf around her head, making sure no strands of hair escape. In the next room, her husband finishes his ablution, the ritual washing Muslims conduct before praying. At 12:45, the couple departs for the […]

Lights! Camera! Gospel! Georgia Church Tries to Compete with Hollywood

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When Alex Kendrick thinks about sharing his faith, he thinks about movie screens, not evangelistic tracts. Kendrick, the associate pastor of media ministries at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., has co-produced “Facing the Giants” with the help of hundreds of volunteers _ on screen and behind the scenes […]

Ten Minutes With … Rachel Grady

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When the Rev. Becky Fischer walks through a toy store, she imagines a Ken and a Barbie doll becoming Adam and Eve, a balloon illustrating God’s breath of life and sticky goo showing what bad thoughts do to the mind. Fischer knows the best way to reach children with […]

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c. 2006 Religion News Service Federal Judge Dismisses Suit by `Connecticut Six’ Against Bishop (RNS) A federal judge in Connecticut dismissed a lawsuit filed by six conservative Episcopal pastors against their bishop, ruling that the dispute is a matter of church _ not federal _ law. The six pastors, known as the “Connecticut Six,” have […]

Salve Regina: Life at America’s Newest Catholic University

The Naples Daily News has a story about the first day of classes at Ave Maria University in Florida, the upstart (and way conservative) Catholic school started by Domino’s Pizza magnate Tom Monaghan. “Salve, regina, mater, misericordiae, vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve …” chants Ave Maria University professor Daniel Nodes. Freshman Keith Badinelli recites […]

Embracing Old World Values, Wenger Mennonites Show Sharp Growth Rates

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) On the highways of American life, one might expect the “horse-and-buggy” Mennonites to be left in the dust. But this conservative Christian sect, whose members eschew the indulgences of modern life _ including computers, cell phones and cars _ is quietly thriving, according to a new in-depth study. The […]

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c. 2006 Religion News Service Two Churches Fined for Cuba Travel Get New Licences (RNS) As the Alliance of Baptists appeals a $34,000 penalty for allegedly violating travel rules to Cuba, two of the five churches charged with breaking the rules have recently received new licenses to visit the island nation. The Treasury Department’s Office […]