To “evolve” means “to unroll a scroll”

Francis X. Rocca |

Pope Benedict reminds the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, as it contemplates evolution, that “there is no opposition between faith’s understanding of creation and the evidence of the empirical sciences.”

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Conservative rabbis name woman to top staff job NEW YORK (RNS) Twenty-three years after the Conservative Jewish movement began ordaining female rabbis, a woman has been tapped to lead its Rabbinical Assembly. Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, 43, will become executive vice president of the 1,600-member global body in July, succeeding Rabbi […]

Vatican says seminaries should screen for gay priests

Francis X. Rocca |

VATICAN CITY-Psychological testing should be used to help Catholic seminaries detect traits-including “deep-seated homosexual tendencies”-that render men unsuitable for the priesthood, the Vatican said on Thursday (Oct. 30). The statement appears in a new document, “Guidelines for the Use of Psychology in the Admission and Formation of Candidates for the Priesthood.”

Queen asked to pardon 17th-century witches

Al Webb |

LONDON -A campaign has been launched in Britain to try to persuade Queen Elizabeth II to grant a royal warrant pardoning more than 400 men and women who were executed as witches in England four centuries ago.

COMMENTARY: Is this the best we can do?

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Perhaps it’s the political season that brings on this present melancholy and the realization that the ancient wisdom of Ecclesiastes still stands: “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labor which he taketh under the sun? […]

Cinema churches bring God to the big screen _ and to where the people are

Ashley Gipson |

c. 2008 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ When the medieval church wanted to communicate the biblical narratives to a largely illiterate society, it used stained glass windows to illustrate the stories. So as the modern church looks for ways to reach a generation unfamiliar with the Bible, the most obvious medium, they say, is movie […]

Vatican says seminaries should screen for gay priests

c. 2008 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ The Vatican on Thursday (Oct. 30) recommended that Catholic seminaries test certain applicants for psychological traits _ including “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” _ that could render them unsuitable for the priesthood. The statement appears in a new document, “Guidelines for the Use of Psychology in the Admission and […]

COMMENTARY: Is this the best we can do?

Dick Staub |

Perhaps we can blame this sense of melancholy on the political season-the realization from Ecclesiastes that “all is vanity.” Or maybe it’s our current economic instability that gives rise to the sense of doom and a certain “thin-ness” of human existence. (Dick Staub is the author of “The Culturally Savvy Christian” and the host of […]