Editors: This is an updated version of story that moved April 16: : Scholar Finds Indian Roots to Go

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Jazz musician and Yale music scholar Willie Ruff, who uncovered the links between 18th century Scottish singing and black gospel music, has connected another group to the style: American Indians. A descendant of an Oklahoma tribe contacted him after learning about a 2005 Yale conference on line singing, an […]

Polish-American Parish Rooting for Late Pope’s Canonization

c. 2007 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ Pope John Paul II is on the fast track to sainthood, thanks to churches such as St. Stanislaus in Cleveland. Located in this city’s Slavic Village neighborhood, St. Stanislaus already has one shrine containing a mitre worn by John Paul. The parish further honored the late pope’s memory […]

COMMENTARY: No Time for Simple Answers

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When Americans gaze on the bodies of 32 students murdered on their idyllic Virginia Tech campus, our attention is momentarily diverted from reality TV to reality. We would rather not be confronted with the latter because our shared national mythology is that of Walt Disney, who repeatedly brought us […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Church of God in Christ Names New Presiding Bishop (RNS) The Church of God in Christ has chosen the pastor of a Los Angeles megachurch to be its new presiding bishop. Bishop Charles E. Blake was appointed April 10 as the seventh presiding bishop of the predominantly black Pentecostal denomination, […]

Southern Baptists Confront Their Own Sexual Abuse Scandal

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Five years after the clergy sexual abuse scandal erupted within the Catholic Church, Southern Baptists are confronting their own allegations of abuse and calls for greater steps to protect minors from predatory pastors. Although the Baptists seem to confront the issue on a smaller scale, media reports, activists’ pleas […]

Secret Files on Abusive Priests in Oregon Will be Released

c. 2007 Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. _ The Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., has agreed to release secret files on abusive priests as part of its $75 million plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection. The files, which won’t be made public until May, will paint the most detailed picture to date of what archdiocese officials […]

When Obedience is Next to Godliness

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Struggling to train an unruly dog in your jam-packed life and think you’ve exhausted all resources? Maybe it’s time to take a deep breath and start acting like a monk. For nearly 40 years, an order of Eastern Orthodox monks at the New Skete Monastery in Cambridge, N.Y., have […]

Got a Catholic Question? Boy, 7, Has the Answers

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Among the faithful gathered at the 7 a.m. Mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill, one face in the front pew always stands out. James Higgins, 7, has been attending daily Mass since he was 3 years old. His parents, Stephen and Lauren, never have to […]

Pitcher or Pope?

Got a Catholic Question? Boy, 7, Has the Answers RNS’ Philip Turner profiles seven-year-old James Higgins, a Catholic boy who has attended daily Mass since he was three, and who has an encylopedic knowledge of the church and its history, in this week’s full-text article, linked above. Quote: “I have it in my heart to […]

GOP Candidates Wooing 10 Influential Religious Conservatives

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ One day last January, Tamara Scott was leading her children through music lessons in her Norwalk, Iowa, home when the phone rang. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was on the line, wanting to talk politics. The children giggled when they heard Scott exchange her stern “Mom voice” for a […]