For better or worser

Pope Benedict said Catholic officials are granting marriage annulments too readily, according to the this CNS story. Moneyquote: “`We run the risk of falling into an anthropological pessimism which, in the light of today’s cultural situation, considers it almost impossible to marry,’” the pope said in a speech Jan. 29 to members of the Tribunal […]

Darwain Day proposal creates controversy

Gibson/Columbus Dispatch |

Removing the names of Charles Darwin and Galileo Galilei seemed to be the sticking point last night for a resolution that would declare February “Science Month” in Whitehall. The councilwoman who proposed the resolution said it wouldn’t be worthwhile without naming the two specific scientists, even though it looked as though the proclamation wouldn’t pass […]

Priests defends Holocaust-denier

David/AP |

ROME-A priest in an ultraconservative society recently rehabilitated by Pope Benedict XVI has defended a bishop in his group and joined him in expressing doubts about the Holocaust.

Priests’ remarks embarrass pope

Puella/Reuters |

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Outbursts about Jews and Muslims by Italian leaders of an ultra-traditionalist Roman Catholic group show the challenge facing Pope Benedict as he tries to bring them back into the Church.

LA archdiocese confirms federal probe

Goodstein/NYT |

Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles, confirmed Thursday that a federal grand jury is investigating whether the archdiocese mishandled priests who had sexually abused children.

Former Bush liaison gets new focus

Former Bush administration liaison Tim Goeglein has a new job: vice president of external relations for Focus on the Family Action. “He will be our eyes and ears in Washington, helping ensure people of faith continue to be heard on the important issues facing our nation,” said Jim Daly, president and CEO of the Colorado […]

Flashback to 1981

Kevin Eckstrom |

OK, so this isn’t about religion, but it is about the other half of our lives here at RNS: journalism. My favorite part: the reference to the “2,000 or 3,000 residents of the Bay Area who own personal computers.” (h/t: Andrew Sullivan)

Update: Palin’s burned church to reopen

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) An Alaska evangelical church attended by former Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin that was seriously damaged by a December fire is set to hold services in its building again on Sunday (Feb. 1). “Our building is looking more like a new construction every day, and less like a fire-damaged building,” reads an […]

Oral Roberts University names new president

Bobby Ross Jr. |

OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) More than a year after Richard Roberts resigned as president of Oral Roberts University amid allegations of lavish spending, the charismatic Christian university in Tulsa has hired a new president. Mark Rutland, president of Southeastern University, a Christian liberal arts college in Lakeland, Fla., since 1999, will take the helm of ORU […]

Jewish coalition calls for immigration reform

Nicole Neroulias |

(RNS) Jewish groups are asking the Obama administration to make immigration reform a priority for the new president’s first 100 days, by suspending raids on businesses and private homes and developing a path to citizenship for undocumented families. Progress by Pesach, named for the Jewish holiday also known as Passover, which begins April 9 this […]