Vatican says bishop’s apology not enough

AP |

VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican says the apology issued by a bishop who denied the Holocaust is not enough to admit him into the church as a clergyman. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Friday that Bishop Richard Williamson’s statement “does not seem to respect the conditions” the Vatican set out for him.

Pope says encyclical delayed by recession

CNS |

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The global economic crisis has contributed to the delay in the publication of Pope Benedict XVI’s new social encyclical, not for financial reasons, but because the crisis has demonstrated how important and how complicated the topic is. If the encyclical “does not deal competently with the economic reality, it cannot be […]

Archbishop O’Brien renews criticism of Legion of Christ

Catholic Review |

Concerned that the Legion of Christ stifles the free will of its members and lacks transparency, Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien told the religious order’s director general that he cannot in good conscience recommend that anyone join the Legion or Regnum Christi, its affiliated lay movement.

Anti-porn groups target evangelical Christians

Nicole Neroulias |

FRESNO, Calif. — Every February, SouthPoint Foursquare Church reminds its younger members here that “True Love Waits,” part of a global evangelical Christian campaign that stresses abstinence until marriage. A few days after Valentine’s Day this year, 80 teenagers and some parents attended the church’s weekly youth night to hear a related message: Jesus loves […]

Perkins vs. the pornstar

Politico is reporting that an interesting pair might be running against Louisiana Senator David Vitter in the 2010 senate race. Pornstar Stormy Daniels and Family Research Council Chief Tony Perkins are reportedly both interested in the senate seat. Daniels doesn’t have political experience; her body of work is a little more, um, risque (even for […]

House members call for anti-abortion steps in spending bill

Karin Hamilton |

(RNS) More than 180 House members sent a letter to House Democratic leaders on Wednesday (Feb. 25), calling for upcoming spending bills to maintain longstanding anti-abortion provisions. “These measures … reflect the moral concerns of many Americans who do not wish to see their tax dollars used for any organization that provides abortion services,” said […]

Court sides with Montana church over free speech

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) The free speech rights of a Montana church were violated when it was told to register as a political committee after hosting an anti-gay marriage event in 2004, an appeals court ruled Wednesday (Feb. 25). The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals about Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church in East Helena, […]

Women from across Judaism to gather for prayer event in New York

Nicole Neroulias |

NEW YORK — More than 350 women from four Jewish movements will gather in New York City (March 1) for an unprecedented dialogue on female spirituality in Judaism. Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist Jewish participants in the sold-out event, called “This Is My Prayer – Va’ani Tefillati: Jewish Women in Prayer,” will come from all […]

U.S. Catholic and Jewish leaders meet to mend fences

Adelle M. Banks |

WASHINGTON — In the wake of controversies that have roiled longtime Jewish-Catholic relations, leaders from both faiths announced the launch of a new permanent dialogue between Catholics and Jews in the United States. The joint project of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center and the Anti-Defamation League, announced here Thursday (Feb. 26) comes at […]

Hard times

The rough economic climate has the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association laying off 55 people, 10 percent of its entire workforce by March 20 of this year. The layoffs and other money saving measures taken by the evangelical ministry are expected to cut 15 percent of the annual budget. Despite declining revenue from books and endowment […]