Wednesday’s roundup

Kevin Eckstrom |

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the disputed Mojave Cross in California should be allowed to stay, and that the government went too far in ordering it taken down. The top American at the Vatican, Cardinal William Levada, said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Pope Benedict XVI issues a more formal apology for sex […]

Debate rages over day of prayer

Times Union: (RNS) Political debate over whether Americans should pause for a collective day of prayer heated up this week amid conservative uproar over a federal court ruling the law creating a National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. Full story.

Lutherans `deeply concerned’ over publisher lawsuit

Daniel Burke |

(RNS) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America says it is “deeply concerned” for the welfare of employees who are suing its publishing arm over the termination of their pension plan. Augsburg Fortress, which publishes ELCA hymnals, Sunday school materials, and theological texts, told approximately 500 current and former employees in January that their pension plan […]

Muslims want Graham barred from Capitol Hill prayer event

Adelle M. Banks |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Days after evangelist Franklin Graham was disinvited from a Pentagon observance of the National Day of Prayer, a Muslim organization has asked members of Congress to follow suit. Corey Saylor, national legislative director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, questioned Graham’s inclusion in a Capitol Hill event on May 6 because of his […]

N.J. governor wants caps on pay for nonprofit CEOs

Susan K. Livio / The Star-Ledger |

TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) Gov. Chris Christie is seeking to limit how much the state is willing to pay for CEO salaries and employee benefits at nonprofit social service agencies that do business with the state. Beginning July 1, the state would cap the salaries of the top-earning executives at $141,000 for any social service agency […]

COMMENTARY: Into the great hereafter

Tom Ehrich |

(RNS) In the hothouse world of a high school gymnasium, one basketball player in my class seemed to float through the air. He was tall, thin, elegant, with an imperturbable expression on his face. Game after game, in a city and state where basketball meant so much, a full house shouted his praise. Although I […]

Two lawyers, two styles, one church

Nicole Neroulias |

(RNS) To victims’ advocate Jeff Anderson, the Vatican is Nixon, the clergy sex abuse scandal is Watergate, and he’s the legal version of Woodward and Bernstein, gradually linking the cover-up to the highest levels of authority. For opposing counsel Jeffrey Lena, serving as the Vatican’s U.S. attorney is a lot like being a history professor: […]

What’s God trying to tell us with Eyjaffjallajokull?

Omar Sacirbey |

(RNS) What do homosexuality, health care reform, and British advertising standards all have in common? They’re all things that have ticked God off, some religious leaders say, and he’s venting his frustration with the angry fires of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Moscow’s Interfax newswire reported that the Association of (Russian) Orthodox Experts blamed the April 14 […]

Tuesday’s roundup

President Obama, who is hosting a summit in Washington devoted to building economic ties with international Muslim entrepreneurs, announced a new exchange program with Muslim countries. The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants evangelist Franklin Graham booted from the National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill because he has called Islam a “very evil and […]

Faith leaders decry `anti-immigrant’ immigration law

Adelle Banks |

(RNS) Religious leaders planned legal action and civil disobedience after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill into law Friday (April 23) they believe is “anti-immigrant” and will foster racial profiling. The National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders is developing a suit against the law that allows law enforcement agencies to detain people […]