Friday’s religion round up

The nation’s Catholic bishops are mounting a last minute push to secure an anti-abortion amendment in health care legislation and Christian Scientists say spiritual care should be covered in the bill. Bernice King, the daughter of MLK, was elected president of the SCLC. Federal officials have met with Detroit-area Muslim leaders after the fatal shooting […]

Archdiocese of Miami bans conservative Catholic movement

Daniel Burke |

(RNS) The Archdiocese of Miami has banned the Legionaries of Christ, a conservative Catholic movement, saying it broke a promise to restrict its ministry to members and was “involved” in several schools without approval. In an Oct. 29 letter to Miami priests, Monsignor Michael Souckar, the archdiocese’s chancellor, said individual priests belonging to the Legionaries […]

King’s daughter to lead civil rights group

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) The Rev. Bernice King, the youngest daughter of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has been elected as the next president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the civil rights organization announced Friday (Oct. 30). King will be the first woman president of the organization, which was co-founded by her father, and […]

Christian college bars `Milk’ writer from talking about gays

Dave Murray |

HOLLAND, Mich. (RNS) An Oscar-winning filmmaker can speak to Hope College students about his craft — but not gay rights, college leaders say. Dustin Lance Black, who won an Academy Award for original screenplay for “Milk,” is in the Holland area directing a new film, and students requested a screening followed by a forum discussion […]

Artist paints Jesus at center of American history

Angela Abbamonte |

WASHINGTON (RNS) For centuries, Jesus has been a subject of choice for countless artists. But it’s fair to say that seldom has he been depicted quite like this. In artist Jon McNaughton’s “One Nation Under God,” Jesus stands front and center at the nation’s capitol, holding the Constitution and surrounded by historical luminaries like George […]

Gunman shoots, wounds two at Los Angeles synagogue

Matthew E. Berger |

(RNS) Synagogues in Los Angeles were on high alert Thursday (Oct. 29) after a gunman shot two men heading to morning prayers in the city’s North Hollywood neighborhood. Two men were in the underground parking lot of Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic synagogue when they were shot by a man in a black, hooded sweatshirt, according […]

Physicians give chaplains a clean bill of health

Omar Sacirbey |

(RNS) Science and faith may often clash, but a new survey suggests that most American doctors believe religion and spirituality can help patients. Published Monday (Oct. 26) in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the survey found that 90 percent of physicians are satisfied with spiritual services provided by hospital chaplains to their patients. While most […]

Westboro Church to protest military funeral in Ohio

Patrick O'Donnell |

PAINESVILLE, Ohio. (RNS) Followers of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church plan to protest outside the funeral of Lance Corporal David Baker here on Saturday morning. Baker, 22, of Painesville Township, was killed Oct. 20 while on patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Shirley Phelps-Roper, one of the picket leaders for the Kansas church, said […]

Lutherans ask forgiveness for 16th-century persecutions

Stephen Brown |

GENEVA (RNS/ENI) Lutheran World Federation leaders plan to apologize for their ancestors’ 16th-century persecution of Anabaptists, religious reformers whose successors include Mennonites and the Amish. “We ask for forgiveness — from God and from our Mennonite sisters and brothers — for the harm that our forebears in the sixteenth century committed to Anabaptists,” says a […]