(RNS) We have seen ourselves up close and decided we can do better. Pouring a lifetime of earnings into showy living becomes embarrassing. Turning religion into shouting matches and rampant bigotry doesn't pass any gospel sniff test. By Tom Ehrich.
Archives: March 2012
HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. (RNS) Saul Timisela spends his days in a Sunday school classroom, with a small bed and a rack on which to dry his laundry. The room is decorated with cards from children expressing their love. “It is my home and I love it,” says Timisela, who's been seeking sanctuary to avoid deportation back to Indonesia. By Bob Braun.
Religious groups have a rooting interest in the health care law arguments continuing today before the U.S. Supreme Court, but there are a couple of other judicial developments worthy of note: Such as the start of the trial of Msgr. William Lynn, who oversaw priest assignments for the Philadelphia archdiocese and is now the first […]
(RNS) In “Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion,” Alain de Botton proposes ways atheists can borrow some of the rituals, practices and other trappings of religion and adapt them to build a better secular society.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) On his arrival in Cuba, Pope Benedict XVI renewed the Catholic church's pledge to work with the Communist government in order to help the island look at the future, and criticized the “ambition and selfishness” which engendered the global economic crisis. By Alessandro Speciale.
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (RNS) A fake terrorist raid staged to show Christian teenagers the perils faced by Christian missionaries left one 14-year-old girl so traumatized that her mother filed a report with the police, claiming her daughter suffered a busted lip and bruised knees. By Ed Komenda.
TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) As part of a survey to understand why they have stopped attending Mass, a few hundred lapsed Catholics were asked what issues they would raise with the bishop. He would have gotten an earful. By Peggy McGlone.
NEW YORK (RNS) Tim Tebow is Howdy Doody in a helmet, Opie Taylor running for touchdowns — while reciting Bible verses, stopping to find a lost dog, visiting sick children in a hospital and helping a little old lady across the street, all before he reaches the end zone. By Kevin Manahan.
ORONTO (RNS) A new poll shows that more than half of all Canadians distrust Muslims, and 42 percent of Canadians said discrimination against Muslims is “mainly their fault.” By Ron Csillag.
An estimated 8,000-10,000 atheists gathered in a biblical downpour on the National Mall Saturday in a bid to show politicians, voters and even themselves that they have grown into a force to be reckoned with. The overall mood on the mall was festive and family-oriented, according to our reporter on the scene, despite the four-letter […]