COMMENTARY: Helping us help God

Cathleen Falsani |

CHICAGO-A few hours before the bodies of singer Jennifer Hudson’s murdered mother and brother were discovered on Chicago’s South Side, Archbishop Desmond Tutu gave an address titled “The Dawn of a New Moral Awakening.” Tutu came to Chicago to speak the truth to power-to prophesy about what could be, as opposed to what is. (Cathleen […]

Do I hear 100?

In this press release, Sue Cyr says 89 Roman Catholic bishops “are proclaiming that in this election, Catholic voters must make abortion their defining issue.” Cyr then lists a few of the sharpest statements from Catholic prelates, including Egan, Chaput, Burke, Farrell, and Martino. Interestingly, Serratelli, of Paterson, N.J., who’s been reported to the IRS, […]

Transcendental devastation

A few years after Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau decamped at Walden Pond, he began to record hundreds of the species of plants living around him. Now, the Boston Globe reports, scientists report that more than a quarter of the species Thoreau documented have disappeared, another 36 percent are on death’s door. Climate change is to […]

“Values” take back seat to economy in ‘08 race

Gregg Krupa / Detroit News |

While evangelical Christians are committed to their values, they are unlikely to drive McCain into the Oval Office in the same way that they propelled President Bush, based on issues like gay marriage, abortion and nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Social conservatives fight for future of GOP

Peter Wallsten / LA Times |

The social conservatives and moderates who together boosted the Republican Party to dominance have begun a tense battle over the future of the GOP, with social conservatives already moving to seize control of the party’s machinery and some vowing to limit John McCain’s influence, even if he wins the presidency.

Nuns with guns

Kevin Eckstrom |

There’s word this morning that Roman Catholic Bishop Martin Jumoad of the Philippines is telling priests and nuns in his diocese that, no, they may not carry guns to protect themselves. It sounds funny, sure, but apparently Jumoad (and the priests who made the request) is deadly serious after Father Felimon Libot was ambushed on […]

COMMENTARY: Preparing for the morning after

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) I am eager to vote on Nov. 4. In my mind, this is the most important national election since 1860. I hope you are eager to vote, too. It is our duty as citizens to participate in the free speech and free elections that define our democracy. If we […]

Many, but not all, Hispanic voters swing to Obama

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Naomi Gonzalez grew up poor in Chicago, bouncing among nine foster homes while her father served time in prison. The single mother of four believes Barack Obama understands her struggle. “He’s come from poverty, he comes from a single mother, he’s experienced racism,” said Gonzalez, 30, “A lot of […]

Democrats make big strides in faith-based voter outreach

Jeff Diamant |

When she was director of religious outreach for John Kerry’s Democratic presidential campaign four years ago, Mara Vanderslice could hardly have seemed lower on the campaign’s totem pole. This election season is different as Democratic campaigns attempt to frame issues such as poverty, environmentalism and health care in religious contexts. “It could not have changed […]