More liturgical turnarounds?

Francis X. Rocca |

As our friend David Gibson reported last week, the Catholic bishop of Tulsa has announced that priests celebrating Mass in his cathedral must henceforth do so facing the altar in the pre-Vatican II style. Now a respected Italian journalist reports that the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship (where American Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia was […]

10 minutes with Omarosa Manigault Stallworth

S.J. Velasquez |

(UNDATED) Omarosa Manigault Stallworth found infamy as the sassy silver-tongued contestant on Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice.” But the villainess of reality TV is channeling her softer side, moving from the boardroom to the pulpit. Manigault Stallworth, who’s often called simply “Omarosa,” enrolled at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where she’s studying to become a […]

Love your enemies, civility advocates say

Adelle M. Banks |

WASHINGTON — Mark DeMoss, to borrow a line from the U2 song, still hasn’t found what he’s looking for. The veteran Christian public relations executive couldn’t find it last year when he advised Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. It was missing again in the controversial battles over Proposition 8, the California measure that put an end […]

COMMENTARY: Learning from me, learning from them

Phyllis Zagano |

(UNDATED) Back-to-school jitters aren’t only for the students. Every teacher gearing up for another term also wonders what the first day of classes will bring. Certainly, it will bring a lot of students. This year, U.S. colleges and universities will enroll about 17.5 million students — that’s nearly equal the population of Chile — and […]

Female Muslim journalist faces trial for wearing pants

Omar Sacirbey |

(RNS) Sudanese journalist Lubna Hussein will face trial Sept. 7 for wearing trousers in violation of government decency statutes derived from Sharia law. If convicted, she faces 40 lashes and a fine. But it’s the Sudanese government, not Hussein, who wants the trial to go away. “This is a turning point. We have a woman […]

Vatican says layman cannot lead Maryknoll order

Francis X. Rocca |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has forbidden a Catholic missionary group to install a layman as the leader of its American branch, insisting that the job be reserved for a priest. The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, a U.S.-based Catholic foreign mission society, voted in May to make Brother Wayne Fitzpatrick its U.S. regional superior. But […]

School officials face trial for breaking pledge not to pray

Kristen May |

WASHINGTON — Two Florida school officials will be in court next month to answer charges that they violated a court order when they prayed in public after a school secretary was cleared on similar charges. The case, which defense attorneys say is an unprecedented display of government intrusion into the right of personal religious expression, […]

Measure for Measure

Q: What do Quentin Tarantino, Eric Holder and Abdel Baset al-Megrahi have in common? A: They have all forced us, in the last week, to consider the boundaries of vengeance. Tarantino’s new movie “Inglourious Basterds,” follows a troop of Jewish soldiers who take Nazi scalps during WWII. Our own Nicole Neroulias says the movie is […]

Ethicist: Beware, Baptist birthers

Baptist ethicist Robert Parham has weighed in on the “birthers” movement that continues to question whether President Obama was born in the U.S., warning Baptists should avoid getting caught in the fray. He points to a story in the Mohave Daily News, which reports that Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., said at a town hall meeting […]