Christianity’s contributions mostly negative, Americans say

Adelle M Banks |

(RNS) When asked about Christianity’s recent contributions to society, Americans cited more negatives than benefits, according to a new survey. The negative contribution cited most was hatred or violence in the name of Jesus, according to the Barna Group survey. Other frequently cited examples included opposition to gay marriage and the Roman Catholic Church’s sex […]

Mormon leader weighs in on same-sex attraction

Peggy Fletcher Stack / The Salt Lake Tribune |

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Mormons may not know until the hereafter what causes same-sex attraction, but “God loves all his children” and expects everyone to do the same, a top Mormon leader said Sunday (Oct. 24). While the message — delivered to more than 200,000 Utah Mormons — may not seem significant, the messenger was. […]

Gulf Coast food banks still in high demand

Mark Waller / The Times-Picayune |

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Even with the deep sea oil hemorrhage halted and much of the fishing in the Gulf of Mexico reopened, major charity groups say the needs of impacted families remain dire. Officials from the local affiliates of Second Harvest Food Bank and Catholic Charities said members of the fishing, oil and service industries […]

COMMENTARY: Blessed are the weak

Tom Ehrich |

(RNS) When Jesus stood in the valley and taught his disciples, he stood among many who were sick and lost, and troubled by evil spirits. He called them “blessed.” In this large assembly, he also saw some who were rich, well-fed, happy, and held in high regard. To these winners in life he said, “Woe […]

Does Palin err in downplaying her beliefs?

Contra Costa Times (RNS): Sarah Palin once pursued politics out of a religious sense of calling, and considered her choice as vice presidential candidate by 2008 GOP nominee John McCain as part of “God’s plan.” Read more.

On Halloween Sunday, some opt for All Saints’ alternative parties

Whitney Jones |

(RNS) While ghouls, witches and wizards run door-to-door for treats this Halloween, St. Michael, St. Patricia and St. Lawrence will swap candy in their basement, sharing stories of their heroic exploits. One child, wrapped in toilet paper, sticks out from the rest, not because he’s an Egyptian mummy but rather St. Lazarus, the dead man […]

National Cathedral hires a new resident mouse chaser

Jena Lowe |

WASHINGTON (RNS) The newest employee at Washington National Cathedral was nowhere to be found in her office on a recent afternoon. She was probably out and about, staffers said, doing God’s work. “She likes to bring gifts from her adventures,” said Jean Jawdat, the deputy director of the Cathedral Choral Society. “She presents us with […]

Tuesday’s Religion News Roundup

Kevin Eckstrom |

An Episcopal parish in Baltimore is taking up the pope’s offer to cross the Tiber and become Catholics; looks like Catholic and Episcopal negotiators will wrestle over who can claim the property. The Chicago Sun-Times says the furor over the “Ground Zero mosque” and the aborted Quran BBQ in Florida is prompting American Muslims to […]

Survey: 6 in 10 Protestant pastors disapprove of Obama

Adelle M. Banks |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Six out of every 10 Protestant pastors say they disapprove of President Obama’s job performance, a LifeWay Research survey found. Researchers said of the 61 percent who disapprove of Obama’s work, 47 percent disapprove strongly. The survey, released Thursday (Oct. 21), found that 30 percent of pastors approve of the president’s performance (including […]

Pastor at center of aborted Quran burn gets a new car

Eunice Lee / The Star-Ledger |

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (RNS) Florida Pastor Terry Jones held the keys to his black 2011 Hyundai Accent for only a few minutes on Friday (Oct. 22) before handing them to a battered women’s advocacy group. Jones gave the car, which car dealer Brad Benson had decorated with two patriotic peace symbols, to the Jersey City-based […]