(RNS) As of next January, gay boys will be able to join the Boy Scouts of America, but one group continues to face a longstanding ban that’s unlikely to change anytime soon: atheists and nonbelievers.
Archives: May 2013
There’s a struggle going on inside Thailand. It’s between two powerful influences. One side can be found in places like this; the other in crowded spaces like this. For now it seems that one side is falling behind.
“I try to maintain the same way of being and of acting that I had in Buenos Aires, because if I were to change at my age it would certainly be ridiculous.” — Pope Francis, in a letter to a priest friend in his native Argentina, quoted by the Zenit news agency.
The Pope explains why he prefers living at the Vatican guest house: “I lead a normal life.” A gay athlete at a Catholic college comes out and no one blinks. And actress Cicely Tyson introduces the rest of the world to “Blessed Assurance.”
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (RNS) With the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop, the “Nuns on the Bus” on Wednesday kicked off a cross-country tour for immigration reform aimed at giving a faith-based push to legislation that is hanging in the balance in Congress.
ROME (RNS) The scroll had been stored for centuries in the archives of the University of Bologna, but had been mislabeled in 1889 as dating from the 17th century.
ST. LOUIS (RNS) “I have tried over the years to reconcile my silence as a gay priest with that of the Church’s increasingly anti-gay stance. I have been unsuccessful,” the Rev. Gary Meier writes in his book “Hidden Voices: Reflections of a Gay, Catholic Priest.”
(RNS) Atheists, humanists and agnostics say Robert Ingersoll’s thoughts on civil rights and church-state separation are as relevant today as they were in the late 19th century.
(RNS) Robert Ingersoll was a Victorian-era rock star who packed theaters with people who traveled hundred of miles to hear his lectures against religion. Though largely forgotten, the man known as “The Great Agnostic” is enjoying a bit of a revival.