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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 […]

As Housing Sales Chill, St. Joseph Sales Are Hot

c. 2006 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ Some call it superstition. Others call it faith. Just about everyone agrees: For less than 10 bucks, it’s worth a try. St. Joseph is the most affordable real estate agent for hire. And as more homes languish in an increasingly cool housing market, he also is one of […]

Hospitals Carve Out Space for Muslim Prayer

c. 2006 Religion News Service OAK LAWN, Ill. _ The corridor of a bustling hospital is not the best place for kneeling in devout prayer, many Muslim families and doctors have learned. But praying in a chapel comes with its own set of problems _ forbidden pictures and statues of living beings, pews facing in […]

COMMENTARY: How Do We Keep This From Happening Again?

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In the more-or-less calm aftermath of the Hezbollah-Israel war, both Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and Israeli President Ehud Olmert have declared victory. Pundits are scrambling to assess the physical, psychological, social and moral wins and losses, with each side lamenting the other’s strengths and bemoaning their own weaknesses. The […]

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c. 2006 Religion News Service Black Clergy Pledge Help for Katrina Recovery NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A national group of black clergy and lay leaders touring the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast said Wednesday (Aug. 16) that they will demand the federal government release money for rebuilding. Standing outside the flood-damaged Mount Nebo Bible Baptist Church in the […]

COMMENTARY: Reaping What We Have Sown

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A generation ago, as Americans recovered from defeat in Vietnam and discovered new dangers in the Persian Gulf, American agents quietly funded and trained a far-right government in El Salvador, whose “death squads” slaughtered citizens and preserved elite coffee-growing families. On March 24, 1980, one of those U.S.-trained gunmen […]

Jesus’ Mother Gains Spiritual, Iconic Import

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) For Hollywood screenwriters, it’s all about character. Even when you’re writing about the mother of Jesus. “Character drives the story,” says Mike Rich, the Portland, Ore., screenwriter whose films include “Finding Forrester,” “The Rookie” and “Radio.” “All my movies follow ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” His latest, “The Nativity […]

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c. 2006 Religion News Service Baptist Church Removes Woman From Teaching Sunday School (RNS) A Baptist church in Watertown, N.Y., has dismissed an 81-year-old female adult Sunday school teacher, citing a biblical passage that prohibits women from teaching men. Rev. Timothy LaBouf, pastor of First Baptist Church, said in a statement that “based on the […]

New Society of Priests Has One Goal _ and One Member

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Like the Benedictines, who kept bright the lamp of learning during Europe’s Dark Ages, and the Vincentians, who’ve brought comfort to the poor for hundreds of years, the Rev. Frank Pavone believes his new Roman Catholic society, the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, will change the world. As […]

New Society of Priests Has One Goal _ and One Member

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Like the Benedictines, who kept bright the lamp of learning during Europe’s Dark Ages, and the Vincentians, who’ve brought comfort to the poor for hundreds of years, the Rev. Frank Pavone believes his new Roman Catholic society, the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, will change the world. As […]