COMMENTARY: Census report shows the times they are a-changin’

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) While politicians argue whether “change” is coming to America, there’s no doubt real demographic change is happening right now. The Census Bureau recently reported that ethnic and racial minorities are rapidly growing in numbers. In just 15 years, the bureau predicts, the majority of America’s children under the age […]

Film title in dispute

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked Warner Bros. to reconsider naming an upcoming film “Towelhead,” but the movie company does not plan to back down, reported Moviemaker.com. “The title … is of great concern to us, since the word is commonly used in a derogatory manner against people of the Muslim faith or Arab […]

Brad Pitt, space Jesuit

The Washington Examiner carries news today that Brad Pitt has signed on to play Father Emilio Sandoz, a Jesuit priest who travels to some make-believe world, like Kyrgyzstan, but with more vowels. The movie is based on Mary Doria Russell’s novel “The Sparrows.” As usual, the Rev. Jim Martin asks the most pressing question: Is […]

Devotion in a forsaken land

(Matthew Streib is traveling across the country on his bicycle exploring religious sites that are inspiring and uniquely American. You can read more about his travels at http://www.americanpilgrimage.com.) BYRNESVILLE, Pa. – The term “ghost town” generally conjures up images of tumbleweeds and abandoned saloons, not picturesque green hillsides in central Pennsylvania. But other than ominous […]

Pope slams crucified frog

Francis X. Rocca |

I know a blog should add some value, but I just can’t improve on the headline that the Italian wire service ANSA chose for this story.

COMMENTARY: Catholics Dems and bishops in for a bumpy ride

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is clearly confused about Catholic teaching on life issues. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Tom Brokaw asked her: “When does life begin?” She answered, “We don’t know.” Pelosi said “that as an ardent, practicing Catholic,” this is an issue she’s studied for a long time. […]

10 Minutes with … Archbishop Charles Chaput

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver refuses to be quiet _ especially when it comes to Catholic politicians and abortion. The outspoken Franciscan has repeatedly told elected officials who support abortion rights they shouldn’t take Communion. And he’s quick to correct Catholics who compromise on the issue. Chaput’s new book, […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Pelosi counters Catholic prelates’ criticisms on abortion (RNS) A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has struck back against criticism from prominent Catholic prelates who accused the California congresswoman of misrepresenting church teachings about abortion. “While Catholic teaching is clear that life begins at conception, many Catholics do not ascribe […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service DENVER _ Democratic Party leaders are making an aggressive push for Catholic and evangelical voters, splashing attention on faith-focused ideas and gurus here at the Democratic National Convention. “They recognize that the Catholic piece is critical to electoral success,” said Dr. Patrick Whelan, a pediatrician at Harvard Medical School and […]

Pentecostals leading Democrats’ faith outreach

Adelle M. Banks |

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) As the Democratic National Convention unfolds in Denver, the prominence of African-American Pentecostals within the Democratic Party is gaining a national spotlight. Leah Daughtry, the CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, leads a small Pentecostal church in Washington. Joshua DuBois, religious outreach director for Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential […]