Atlanta pastor taken down by sex scandal dies

Atlanta Journal-Constitution |

Bishop Earl Paulk gained the attention of presidents and preached to hundreds of thousands of people, but he may be remembered for the sex scandals that rocked the Atlanta-area megachurch he started. Paulk, the 81-year-old founder of the Cathedral at Chapel Hill in South DeKalb County, died Sunday at Atlanta Medical Center after battling cancer […]

RNS, NPR and PBS

Kevin Eckstrom |

An update on my adventures through public broadcasting on Friday: My take on President Obama’s first couple weeks with his revamped faith-based office, with NPR’s Michele Martin, and dissecting the pope’s recent trip to Africa, with Bob Abernethy of Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.

Group wants more Muslim hires at White House

LA Times |

In a bid to get more Muslim Americans working in the Obama administration, a book with the resumes of 45 of the nation’s most qualified — Ivy League grads, Fortune 500 executives and public servants, all carefully vetted — has been submitted to the White House.

Easter hats fall victim to economic downturn

Adelle M. Banks |

SILVER SPRING, Md. — There are many things that Paula Settles is willing to forgo in these budget-conscious times, but an Easter hat isn’t one of them. “I wouldn’t consider going to church without a hat on,” said Settles, an African-American retiree of a certain age who’s already planning her outfit for Easter services at […]

Orwell in Tibet

China has designated March 28 “Serf Liberation Day” in Tibet to mark the “light” and “affluence” they’ve brought to the benighted masses since invaded the Himalayan highlands in the 1950s. They’re not fooling anyone, says USA Today in an editorial today. “Tibetans and most of the rest of the world know better: that a Chinese […]

Hobby Lobby founder says God has blessed business

Dawn Kent |

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) The founder and chief executive of an arts and crafts store that makes religion central to its mission says sales are up in the midst of a sour economy, and the company remains on pace to open up to 30 new stores this year. David Green, founder of the Okalahoma-based Hobby Lobby […]

German-born nun to head Mother Teresa’s order

CHENNAI, India (RNS) A German-born nun has been elected the new head of the Missionaries of Charity, the missionary order founded by the late Mother Teresa in Calcutta in 1950. Sister Mary Prema, who is a senior nun of the order, succeeds Sister Nirmala Joshi, who was elected Superior General following Mother Teresa’s 1997 death. […]

Williams says God won’t rescue world from `stupidity’

Al Webb |

LONDON (RNS) Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, in one of his sharpest attacks yet on threats to the environment, has warned that God will not save mankind from his own environmental “stupidity.” The spiritual leader of the world’s 77 million-member Anglican Communion said in a lecture at England’s York Minster on Wednesday (March 25) that […]

Archbishop apologizes for criticizing U.S. bishops

Daniel Burke |

WASHINGTON — The American archbishop who heads the Vatican’s supreme court has apologized for the “confusion and hurt” caused by his criticism of fellow bishops who do not deny Communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion rights. Archbishop Raymond Burke, formerly of St. Louis, was interviewed earlier this month by an anti-abortion activist in Rome, […]

More March madness

Sen. Robert Casey, Democrat of Pa., has backed out of giving the commencement address at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. The college, where former President George W. Bush gave the address (and stirred a lot of his own controversy) two years ago, is headed by Jim Towey, Bush’s former director of the Faith-based Initiative. […]