Let my people go

Kevin Eckstrom |

Nicholas Cafardi, the Catholic legal scholar who raised some eyebrows (and some blood pressures) with his endorsement of Barack Obama on these pages a few months back, is back in the spotlight with another swipe at the U.S. Catholic bishops. Money quote: “Every time in the past that the People of God have been held […]

Hindus find new faiths in marriage

c. 2008 Religion News Service NEWARK, N.J. _ The perfect man for Aparna Kachalia, who was born to Hindu parents from Bombay, will be one who loves the 20-year-old sophomore at Dartmouth College and treats her well. If he happens to be Hindu, great. If not, no problem. “A lot of people in my generation […]

At this church, there’s always room at the inn

Nancy Haught |

c. 2008 Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. _ Eric Bahme no longer apologizes for being a preacher who keeps his eye on the bottom line. He is both a pastor and a businessman, he says, because that’s how God made him. “Within every single person, God plants a desire,” said Bahme, 45. “I was created […]

COMMENTARY: Let’s cut to the chase, shall we?

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) I doubt that much sleep was lost, in heaven or on earth, when the tiny Episcopal Diocese of Quincy, Ill., recently voted to secede from the national Episcopal Church for being too liberal. With 1,800 members scattered over a large area bordering the Mississippi River, the diocese has long […]

Whither interreligious dialogue?

Francis X. Rocca |

RNS contributor David Gibson considers Pope Benedict’s latest statement on the subject here. John F. Cullinan reflects on the recent Vatican seminar with Muslim leaders here.

Tmatt goes after On Faith (again)

Kevin Eckstrom |

Terry Mattingly over at GetReligion is going after the Washington Post’s On Faith blog -again. This time, he’s following a critique by Andrew Walsh up at Trinity College’s Religion in the News journal that picks apart On Faith for having too much opinion, not enough news. The money quote from the Religion in the News […]

Visitor card fingers alleged church robber

Here’s a unique crime story: The Ledger of Lakeland, Fla. reported last week that a 28-year-old man was charged with robbing a Southern Baptist church after authorities tracked him down through the visitor’s card he filled out at the previous week’s service. Harold Williams of Lakeland, Fla., was charged with robbery and disrupting a religious […]

Pope may change sign of peace in the Mass

Francis X. Rocca |

VATICAN CITY -Pope Benedict XVI may change the sequence of the Catholic Mass, including the sign of peace exchanged between worshippers, in order “to create a more meditative climate” of worship, a senior Vatican official said.

Dalai Lama says he will lead until death

Achal Narayanan |

CHENNAI, India-The Dalai Lama tried to end speculation that he is on the verge of retirement, telling a gathering of Tibetan spiritual leaders that he has a “moral responsibility” to lead until his death.

New report says global hunger crisis worsening

Brittney Bain |

WASHINGTON-The number of people living in extreme poverty has grown by 100 million, and the number of hungry people has increased by 75 million in the last two years, according to a report issued Monday (Nov. 24) by the Bread for the World Institute.