On Balance, Religious Conservatives Fared Well Under Roberts, Alito

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Conservative religious advocacy organizations roundly praised the Supreme Court term that ended Thursday (June 28), saying they are pleased with the way the court resolved several high-profile church-state disputes. The court left high school students with considerable leeway to voice religious opinions, cleared the way for interest group-funded […]

COMMENTARY: The Touchy-Feely Gospel According to Hollywood

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In a culture that trivializes everything, God is not exempt from our breezy superficiality. Neil Postman once warned that in our embrace of electronic media we were “amusing ourselves to death.” Postman believed the problem was the medium, not just the content, agreeing with Marshall McLuhan who said, “The […]

The Right Saint?

Washington Archbishop Speaks Softly and Carries a Light Crozier RNS’ Daniel Burke profiles Donald Wuerl, a year after he was named archbishop of Washington, in this week’s full-test article, linked above. Quote: In many ways, Wuerl resembles the man who put him in Washington, Pope Benedict XVI, church-watchers say. A reserved intellectual with a reputation […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Judge Says California Parishes Belong to Episcopal Church (RNS) Three California parishes that have left the Episcopal Church cannot keep church buildings or other property, a California appeals court ruled Monday (June 25). A three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal overturned a lower court’s rulings and found […]

Faith Groups Oppose New Rules on Religious Worker Visas

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Atop Mount Waialeale on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, the Iraivan Temple is designed to be one of the most splendid Hindu temples in the world. So far, the temple that was started 32 years ago is about half-finished. But the $16 million granite temple may never be completed, […]

10 Minutes with … Sally Quinn

c. 2007 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Started by two leading journalists with little background in religion, On Faith, the multi-contributor blog at Washington Post/Newsweek Interactive, has rocketed to prominence since it launched last November, registering some of the highest traffic levels on the already popular washingtonpost.com Web site. Each week On Faith moderators Sally […]

COMMENTARY: My Name is Cathleen, and I’m a Celebaholic

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) I don’t recall the first time I indulged in my guilty pleasure _ the dirty little secret I am about to confess. What I do remember is that the first hit was like crack (or so I’m told), and I’ve been addicted ever since. Admitting one has a problem […]

Under the Bodhi Tree

A Buddhist monk in the northern India state of Bihar, where legend has it the Buddha attained enlightenment, is taking local government and religious officials to task for supposedly cutting off a branch of the famed Bodhi tree. According to Buddhist history, the Awakened One meditated beneath this tree (or, as the story explains, one […]

RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Canadian Anglicans, Lutherans Say No to Same-Sex Unions WINNIPEG, Manitoba (RNS) The national governing body of the Anglican Church of Canada on Sunday (June 24) defeated by the tightest of margins a motion to forge ahead with same-sex blessings across the country. The church’s lay and clergy delegates voted to […]

On 07/07/07, Luck Runs Hotter Than on 06/06/06

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) It comes only once a century. So for the host of religious traditions that see 7 as the most sacred digit, 07/07/2007 is looking like the perfect day for everything from weddings to worldwide activism. Or at least it’s better than last year’s eerie 06/06/06. According to David Frankfurter, […]