All Hallows Eve

Kevin Eckstrom |

That whacky Jim Martin up at America magazine has gotten together with the guys at Busted Halo (always a dangerous combination) for a quick video primer on Halloween, All Saints Day, and why St. Frances Cabrini is the patron saint of parking spaces (I always thought it was St. Jude). The best part is actually […]

Tim Rutten: The end of the Catholic vote

Tim Rutten / LA Times |

What we’re seeing in the swing states of Pennsylvania, Missouri and Colorado is the end of the Catholic vote, as conventional political strategists traditionally have expected it to behave-in part because it’s now so large it pretty much looks like the rest of America; in part because of its own internal changes.

A new line in the abortion wars

Kevin Eckstrom |

The always-on-top-of-things Michael Paulson up at The Boston Globe has a good story this morning that ties together all the loose ends in dissecting how the Catholic/abortion question has played itself out this election season. The bottom line, in Paulson’s own words: “The urgency of the bishops reflects an increasing concern about a new argument […]

COMMENTARY: Helping us to help God

c. 2008 Religion News Service CHICAGO _ A few hours before the bodies of singer Jennifer Hudson’s murdered mother and brother were discovered on the city’s South Side last Friday (Oct. 24), across town one of the world’s greatest peacemakers began his remarks at the Hotel Intercontinental by addressing head-on Chicago’s daunting problem with violent […]

Supreme Court to weigh limits of broadcast indecency

c. 2008 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ While the rest of the country heads to the voting booth Tuesday (Nov. 4), the U.S. Supreme Court will be taking on television obscenity in a hearing that could lead to the first ruling in 30 years on standards for regulating public airwaves. The case, FCC v. Fox […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Two Jesuits found murdered in Moscow VATICAN CITY (RNS) Two Jesuit priests have been found dead, apparently victims of murder, in their Moscow home. The bodies of the Rev. Victor Betancourt, 42, and the Rev. Otto Messmer, 47, were found in their shared apartment in the Russian capital on Tuesday […]

Paranormal beliefs aren’t always treated equally

Kristen Campbell |

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) On Friday (Oct. 31), no one will be surprised to see ghosts and goblins on the loose. But for some Americans, ghosts _ along with extraterrestrials, Bigfoot and UFOs _ aren’t the stuff of seasonal sightings or tabloid teasers. They’re real _ as real as a resurrected Jesus and […]

Supreme Court to weigh limits of indecency

Brittney Bain |

WASHINGTON-While the rest of the country heads to the voting booth next Tuesday, the Supreme Court will be taking on television obscenity on Nov. 4, marking the first time in 30 years that the court will rule on standards for regulating public airwaves.

Zondervan acquires Bible Gateway, Gospel.com

Julia Bauer |

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -Christian book publisher Zondervan is acquiring BibleGateway.com, a popular nonprofit Bible search engine, from Gospel Communications Inc. of Muskegon.

Judge dismisses suit by New Orleans Catholics

Bruce Nolan |

NEW ORLEANS -A state court judge on Tuesday (Oct. 28) threw out a civil lawsuit by parishioners of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church aimed at keeping their parish open.