Donate, Then Stay Home

The Episcopal diocese of Washington’s blog, the Lead, has word that Bishop Gene Robinson, who is openly gay and who has yet to be invited to the decennial meeting of all Anglican Bishops in England this summer, has, nonetheless, been asked to fork over $7,000 to support the meeting. Read more here.

Bad News For Boston Parishes

The Boston Globe has a front-page story on the Vatican’s high court siding with Cardinal Sean O’Malley in his decision to shutter a parish in Lowell, Mass. Though the ruling is legally limited to St. Jeanne d’Arc in Lowell, it has unwelcome implications for the scores of other parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston fighting […]

Take That, Da Vinci Code!

Anne Rice explores Jesus’ public ministry in new novel RNS’ Benedicta Cipolla interviews author Anne Rice, whose upcoming novel focuses on the beginning of Christ’s ministry from a scripturally correct point of view. Quote: Firing a direct salvo at “[The] Da Vinci [Code],” Rice states in her author’s note: “It is more than ever important […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Study links subprime crisis to hunger WASHINGTON (RNS) The poorest counties in the U.S. are among the hardest hit by the subprime mortgage crisis, according to a study released Wednesday (Feb. 27) by the Christian anti-hunger advocacy group Bread for the World. The report, titled “Home Ownership, Subprime Loans and […]

People of the Book

The Vatican has approved the selection four senior American Catholic prelates to the highly anticipated Synod on Scripture in October. The four prelates, who were elected by their peers last November in Baltimore and approved by the Vatican earlier this year, are: Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the USCCB and Bishop Gerald Kicanas […]

The Washington Times Joins the 21st Century

My last real rant in this space was about the Washington Times policy to use “scare quotes” around terms like “gay marriage” or “homosexual”, as if putting them in quotes made them seem less real, more contrived. The Washington CityPaper (our local indy weekly) is reporting that new Washington Times editor John Solomon is putting […]

IRS launches probe into Obama speech at UCC convention

c. 2008 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ The IRS is investigating the United Church of Christ over a 2007 speech on faith and politics by presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, a longtime UCC member. The UCC announced late Tuesday (Feb. 26) that the IRS is looking into whether Obama’s speech to its General Synod in […]

Small Muslim sect preaches a unique message

c. 2008 Religion News Service SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ Jakada Makkah Bey begins Friday prayer services for this city’s Moorish Science Temple of America by raising all five fingers on his left hand and two on his right. “Seven is a perfect number,” he says. “Our goal is to perfect our ways. Our ultimate goal is […]

Small Muslim sect preaches a unique message

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Toby Jones is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), a rock musician who plays guitar in bars at night and the author of the recently published “The Gospel According to Rock.” Jones, 46, is associate pastor of the 450-member First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, Mich., where […]

COMMENTARY: The glass ceiling, political and otherwise

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In a way, you’d hope Hillary Clinton would win just so we could all just grow up about women in leadership. For all the words that are pushed around about the equality and dignity of women, we are still a long way from forgetting about gender when we look […]