VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis moved to act even before the new crisis at the Vatican Bank erupted — signaling his resolve to tackle a persistent source of scandal that his predecessors were unwilling or unable to put down.
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(RNS) Fundraising for the flagship anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic bishops, which has come under intense fire from conservatives and anti-abortion groups, is slowly recovering and even growing slightly after being battered by the recession and sharp attacks on its mission.
(RNS) The new rules do not apply to private businesses whose owners have religious or moral obligations to contraception — and that issue has already been a major battleground in federal courts.
(RNS) Trustees from the Scouting Association are preparing to meet next week to approve a new scouting oath for atheists. The move comes only a week after Girl Guides announced that they would give up their promise to “love my God.”
(RNS) Mormon apostle L. Tom Perry announced last week that the Utah-based missionary force — more than 70,000 strong — will tap online tools to help them connect with and teach people interested in joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
(RNS) Thailand’s National Office of Buddhism, which is mandated to maintain and promote Buddhist affairs, has publicly condemned the worldly indulgence of monks as “indecent,” but without following it up with action, as their conduct did not constitute “serious offenses.”
“If laypeople don’t love their Catholic faith enough to struggle for it in the public square, nothing the bishops do will finally matter.” — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, in an interview about religious liberty with National Catholic Register.
(RNS) Is it blasphemous to depict the Virgin of Guadalupe in a bikini sipping on a margarita? Brandeis gets an apology 35 years after “Happy Holocaust” shouts at a soccer match. And who’s happier on Twitter: atheists or believers?
(RNS) The booming halal market is often accompanied by a lack of consensus about what constitutes halal. In addition, several well-publicized incidents of fraud have left halal consumers vulnerable to unscrupulous merchants and suspicious about the sources of the products they are buying.