Man sues Mormon church over baptism back injuries

Jason Bergreen / The Salt Lake Tribune |

(RNS) A Las Vegas man is suing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for medical expenses after he injured his back in 2007 performing baptisms for the dead. In a civil suit filed in 3rd District Court on Wednesday (Aug. 25), Daniel Dastrup claims he suffered a severe herniated disk in his lumbar […]

Judge rejects proposal to return child to faith-healing parents

Nicole Dungca / The Oregonian |

OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) An Oregon judge again rejected a proposal on Thursday (Aug. 26) to return 8-month-old Alayna Wyland to her parents who face charges of failing to provide adequate medical care for her. Timothy and Rebecca Wyland, of Beavercreek, Ore., pleaded not guilty to first-degree criminal mistreatment in July after the state Department […]

On other side of church closings, new reasons for hope

Michael O'Malley |

CLEVELAND (RNS) Holly Nixon used to need only 10 minutes before the 9 a.m. Mass to pick up her elderly, disabled mother and find a parking spot close to the sanctuary door. That was before St. William Catholic Church in Euclid merged with nearby St. Robert Bellarmine, which then closed, shifting hundreds of people into […]

Friday’s roundup

Kevin Eckstrom |

CNN says some (semi) high-profile evangelicals are under fire for their participation in tomorrow’s “Restore Honor” rally hosted by Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin in DC; some Christians are nervous about Beck’s Mormon faith, even though they worked with Mormons to outlaw gay marriage in California. Conservatives are happy, though, that the FCC will appeal […]

Western Wall to feature new one-way partition between men, women

Michele Chabin |

JERUSALEM (RNS) Jewish authorities at the Western Wall hope to replace the existing opaque partition that separates the men’s and women’s prayer areas with one that will enable female worshippers to see into the men’s section but not vice-versa. The move follows years of complaints by female worshippers who have been unable to see into […]

Conservative groups push against hiring rules in federal funding

Daniel Burke |

WASHINGTON (RNS) A coalition of mostly conservative religious organizations is urging Congress to amend a proposed bill that would bar them from making personnel decisions based on religion if they receive government funds to treat mental illness and substance abuse. In a letter sent Wednesday (Aug. 25) to every member of Congress, evangelical charities, the […]

Irish Catholics deny cover-up of `paramilitary priest’

Ray McMenamin |

DUBLIN (RNS/ENInews) The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has denied engaging in a cover-up of a priest who was allegedly involved in a 1972 bombing that killed nine people in Northern Ireland. A report released Tuesday (Aug. 24) by the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman into a 1972 car bomb said talks between representatives of the […]

Poll: Majority opposes mosque near Ground Zero on `sacred ground’

Nicole Neroulias |

(RNS) The outcry over the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero should not be lumped together with protests against planned mosques in other parts of the country, a new poll suggests. Nearly 60 percent of Americans oppose building an Islamic center or mosque two blocks from the site of the 9/11 terror attacks, but […]

Thursday’s roundup

More than 70 Christian leaders, including heads of denominations and evangelical heavyweights, say they are “deeply troubled” by the questioning of President Obama’s Christian faith. “We understand that these are contentious times,” the leaders say in an open letter, “but the personal faith of our leaders should not be up for debate.” The GOP is […]

COMMENTARY: Christianity 101

Dick Staub |

(RNS) The flap about President Obama’s religious affiliation reveals our national ignorance about religion in general and Christianity in particular. Here are some facts we ought to understand about Christianity before we go around rating the Christian character of Obama or anyone else: 1. Much is being made of Obama’s childhood years in Indonesia, the […]