CLEVELAND (RNS) Shuttered churches might be the biggest challenge facing the preservation community. Shrinking congregations and migration to the suburbs have left churches empty, or with fewer members. Preservationists lobby to save them, but no one can afford to open them. By Michelle Jarboe McFee.
Archives: January 2012
NEW YORK (RNS) A 67-year-old woman with a criminal record for theft has been charged with siphoning $1 million in donations while working in the finance office of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. By David Gibson.
(RNS) From Maine to Phoenix to southern Louisiana, Catholic churches across the country echoed with scorn for a new federal rule requiring faith-based employers to include birth control and other reproductive services in their health care coverage. By Rick Jervis. 650.
Newt Gingrich wants a ban on embryonic stem cell research, Romney doesn't. Santorum's daughter makes “miraculous” recovery, he looks for political miracle in Florida. Obama, birth control, and the Catholic vote. Andrew Sullivan's fan in the Vatican. And more…
HARRISBURG, Pa. (RNS) “In totalitarian governments, they would love our system,” Bishop Joseph McFadden said. “This is what Hitler and Mussolini and all those tried to establish: a monolith so all the children would be educated in one set of beliefs and one way of doing things.” By Diana Fishlock.
(RNS) Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus are accusing Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum of bigotry and ignorance after said that “equality” is solely a Judeo-Christian concept. By Omar Sacirbey.
(RNS) A federal appeals court ruled Friday (Jan. 27) that the expulsion of a counseling student from a university after she declined to advise a gay client could be due to “hostility’’ toward her faith. By Adelle M. Banks.
I don't know about you guys, but flying can be a pretty stressful experience. It's not the flying itself that gets me so much as the journey to the plane: The security checks (“Does chapstick count as a gel if it melted in pocket?”); the annoying fellow travelers (“Stand on the RIGHT side of the […]
(RNS) Suddenly, America's abuzz about Mormonism's “gold plates and magic underwear,” says Terryl Givens, a professor of religion at the University of Richmond. Mormon ways are little-known, yet many Americans are suspicious of them. Why? Cathy Lynn Grossman reports.