Excommunicated priest now faces explusion

Bruce Nolan |

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The Rev. Roy Bourgeois, the Louisiana native and peace activist who was excommunicated three years ago for publicly supporting women’s ordination, now faces expulsion from his religious order and from the priesthood. Bourgeois and Mike Virgintino, a spokesman for the Maryknolls, a missionary order of priests, confirmed that “with much sadness” the […]

Catholic bishops censure feminist theologian’s book

Richard Yeakley |

WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops condemned a book by Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a prominent feminist theologian, charging that her attempts to forge new understandings of God depart from traditional Catholic theology. The bishops’ Committee on Doctrine on Wednesday (March 30) said Johnson’s 2007 book, “Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in […]

Showtime soap opera features history’s bad-boy Borgia pope

Francis X. Rocca |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Modern popes have had their fans and detractors, but few would dispute their reputations for personal virtue. That’s partly why the five most recent pontiffs — including John Paul II, who will be beatified on May 1 — are under formal consideration for sainthood. But as the new television show “The Borgias” […]

COMMENTARY: As we forgive those who trespass against us …

Dick Staub |

(RNS) How do I forgive those who have wronged me? Can I restore a relationship with someone who has deeply hurt me? Can ethnic groups set aside centuries of grievances and warring ways? Can the proverbial lion lay down with the lamb? My friend Marty composed the music for the most successful game franchise in […]

Thursday’s Religion News Roundup

The worst of the Great Recession may be over for some churches, according to a new survey. Forty-three percent of churches reported a rise in contributions last year; 39 percent saw a decline. Both are improvements over 2009. Someone dropped a $30,000 lottery ticket in the collection plate of a Maryland church. The House voted […]

Jews pressure Facebook over Palestinian page

Nicole Neroulias |

(RNS) Facebook shut down a “Third Palestinian Intifada” page and similar groups this week, prompted by complaints from Jewish groups that the content had crossed the line from free speech to violent incitement. The campaign has raised questions about whether Facebook should be used to facilitate some popular uprisings but not others, and even whether […]

Report: Small churches feeling financial squeeze

Richard Yeakley |

(RNS) Almost all U.S. churches witnessed a change in the financial giving they received in 2010 compared to 2009, with smaller churches feeling the squeeze but larger churches faring relatively better, according to a new report. Only 12 percent of churches reported unchanged giving from 2009, according to the State of the Plate survey released […]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to read KJV Bible over Holy Week

Jo Siedlecka |

LONDON (RNS/ENInews) William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre will mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible with a cover-to-cover reading between Palm Sunday and Easter Monday. Twenty actors will take part in the reading, which is scheduled to take 69 hours over eight days. They will recite all 1,189 chapters of the historic Bible in […]

Wednesday’s Religion News Roundup

Senate Democrats held what they billed as the first-ever congressional hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims. The hearing was notably different in tone and substance from the one held by House Republicans earlier this month, which explored homegrown Islamic radicalism. In an interesting exchange, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, who convened the hearing, […]