Tuesday’s Religion News Roundup

Hope everyone had a memorable Memorial Day. I bet Westboro Baptist Church did, after they were outnumbered 80 to 3 by protesters, including some purporting to be from the KKK, at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday, where President Obama and other dignitaries spoke. European Union leaders said they would defend religious freedom in the Middle East […]

Happy Memorial Day

The Religion News Roundup is off today for Memorial Day. We’ll see you here tommorrow, same Bat channel, same Bat time. cheers, RNS

Crystal Cathedral goes up for sale

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) The Crystal Cathedral has announced plans to sell its iconic glass-walled church in Southern California to pay back creditors and overcome bankruptcy. Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman, daughter of founder Robert H. Schuller, said the church will remain as a tenant and will have the option to buy back some of church’s campus in […]

Bishop Long settles sex suit out of court

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) Bishop Eddie Long, an Atlanta-area megachurch pastor, has settled suits out of court with four young men who accused him of sexual misconduct, his church announced Thursday (May 26). “After a series of discussions, all parties involved have decided to resolve the civil cases out of court,” Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church said […]

Friday’s Religion News Roundup

Let us raise a pint today to the late Joe Feuerherd (at left), the hard-charging editor-in-chief of National Catholic Reporter, who died yesterday at the too young age of 48 after a valiant fight with cancer. Joe, the rest of us ink-stained wretches were privileged to count you among us, and we’ll miss you. From […]

God at the root of Malick’s `Tree of Life’

Cathleen Falsani |

LOS ANGELES (RNS) Terrence Malick’s new film, “Tree of Life,” is nearly indescribable. Not because its beauty or virtuosity are beyond words, although it has its moments. “Tree of Life,” which opens on Friday (May 27), is iconoclastic, its plot nonlinear, constructed by a series of impressions, images and the emotionally charged dynamic between its […]

NCR publisher Joe Feuerherd dies at 48

Daniel Burke |

(RNS) Joe Feuerherd, the editor-in-chief of National Catholic Reporter, who embodied the weekly newspaper’s fierce independence and liberal tilt, died on Wednesday (May 25) after an 18-month bout with cancer, NCR has announced. Feuerherd, who was also NCR’s publisher, was 48. A lifelong Catholic, Feuerherd began at NCR as an intern in 1984 while studying […]

Q&A with Elizabeth Smart

Jeremiah Stettler |

(RNS) For 18 months, she wasn’t a famous kidnapping survivor, nor the star witness in a headline-grabbing trial, nor the face of nonprofit group designed to help young abuse victims. She was simply Sister Smart. Elizabeth Smart, now 23, talked about her Mormon mission — an overseas adventure that took her to Paris soon after […]

Second Catholic priest sworn in as House chaplain

Charles Pope |

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Rev. Patrick Conroy was sworn in Wednesday (May 25) as House chaplain, making him the first Jesuit to hold the position, and the first candidate forced to navigate around the Catholic Church’s abuse scandal. “It’s clear this loyal servant of the faithful is uniquely suited to serve as chaplain of the people’s […]

Vatican closes monastery that attracted aristocrats, dancing nun

Francis X. Rocca |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has closed the monastery of a fourth-century Roman basilica on account of “liturgical and financial irregularities” that included performances by a nun who had once been a lap dancer. The Vatican cited “behavior not consonant with the monastic life” at the monastery attached to the Basilica of Santa Croce in […]