COMMENTARY: A Loss That Must Be Replaced

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) “The end of an era.” That’s what entered my mind last week when I heard the distressing news that Eugene Fisher, the director of Catholic-Jewish relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops since 1977, will be taking an early retirement on July 1. In the interests of full […]

Beatle Religion

The Gospel According to John, Ringo, Paul and George Bob Carlton takes a look at rock music writer Steve Turner’s “The Gospel According to the Beatles,” in this week’s full-text RNS article, linked above. Quote: “Religion seemed sort of dull and conformist and rock’n’roll was sort of shiny and exciting, and the two didn’t seem […]

COMMENTARY: A Possible Solution for the Vatican’s China Problem

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Last weekend (Jan. 19-20), Pope Benedict XVI convened his top advisers to consider his options in dealing with China’s state-run Catholic church, the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA), and its continued defiance in ordaining bishops without the pope’s approval. The CPCA was formally excommunicated in 1957 because it cooperated […]

COMMENTARY: A Possible Solution for the Vatican’s China Problem

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Last weekend (Jan. 19-20), Pope Benedict XVI convened his top advisers to consider his options in dealing with China’s state-run Catholic church, the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA), and its continued defiance in ordaining bishops without the pope’s approval. The CPCA was formally excommunicated in 1957 because it cooperated […]

Evangelicals Debate Who Comes First in the Holy Trinity

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ For centuries, theologians have debated the Holy Trinity. For decades, evangelical Christians have argued over proper roles for men and women. Now, the two fights are merging into one. Some scholars, drawing support from their interpretations of the Bible, link a belief that women should be submissive to […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Religious Leaders Defend Obama Against Madrassa Allegations WASHINGTON (RNS) A host of religious leaders have condemned “the bitter, destructive politics” that they say resulted in a political smear campaign against presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. Several Web sites and a Fox News program reported that Obama was hiding the […]

Carter Defends Palestine Book, Answers Critics at Brandeis

c. 2007 Religion News Service WALTHAM, Mass. _ Former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday (Jan. 23) faced critics at predominantly Jewish Brandeis University, apologizing for failing to make clear in a new book that terrorism is never justified as a political tool. But Carter defended his book’s controversial title _ “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid” _ […]

10 Minutes With … Alexandra Pelosi

c. 2007 Religion News Service SAN FRANCISCO _ Alexandra Pelosi, the camera-toting daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, first gained notice for her 2002 documentary, “Journeys With George,” which followed then-candidate George W. Bush on the 2000 presidential campaign. Her newest project, “Friends of God: A Road Trip With Alexandra Pelosi,” finds Pelosi, 36, criss-crossing […]

A Year Later, Burned Alabama Churches Rise From the Ashes

c. 2007 Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ It has been nearly a year since nine Alabama churches were set on fire by three Birmingham college students, but a lot of rebuilding remains to be done. By late 2007, those nine churches expect to be restored or have larger, more modern facilities. “It’s been a […]

Carter at Brandeis; 10 minutes with Alexandra Pelosi; Birmingham churches; the Trinity debate

G. Jeffrey MacDonald writes in Wednesday’s RNS report about Former President Carter’s defense of his controversial book at Brandeis: Former President Jimmy Carter, speaking Tuesday (Jan. 23) before critics at a predominantly Jewish university, apologized for failing to make clear in a new book that terrorism is never justified as a political tool. But Carter […]