Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is reportedly in very poor physical health.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is reportedly in very poor physical health. Image courtesy of Natursports via Shutterstock. http://shutr.bz/115JlwB

First, let’s just deal with the “nude pope,” that Carnegie Mellon student who paraded naked from the waist down while dressed as the pope from the waist up. There’s a deal on the table to drop the indecent exposure charge in exchange for 80 hours of community service.

Anti-Muslim hecklers shut down a meeting meant to ease tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims in Tennessee, a gathering which attracted Pam Gellar and other professional anti-Muslims.

Keeping tabs on the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, Adelle Banks writes that President Fred Luter is pushing more in his flock to go on overseas missions, and black members of the denomination in particular.

Tom Krattenmaker writes that some evangelicals are putting aside their complaints about public schools to focus on the needs of struggling public school students. He writes:

If this kind of post-culture wars approach to social engagement becomes a major part of evangelical Christianity’s public face in the years ahead there is cause for optimism.

The federal government will no longer oppose the unrestricted sale of the morning after pill, which will allow girls of any age to get the drug without a prescription. The Family Research Council accuses the Obama administration of caving to political pressure, but did anyone really think the feds’ heart was in this fight in the first place?

Prominent Sunni Muslims in Egypt say they would appreciate it if Pope Francis declared Islam a peaceful religion.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is failing physically, say several people who have recently visited Benedict, who resigned in February. Vatican officials acknowledge that his health has declined, but not as far as the shocked visitors are claiming.

Nelson Mandela is also in rough shape today.

A blogger from Georgetown’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate notes that every serious candidate who might challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016 is Catholic.

Don’t try to download it quite yet, but a Wisconsin priest is developing an app called MyConfessor.

In Winnipeg, the archbishop of an orthodox church has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault against two boys.

What’s the Supreme Court going to decide on gay marriage this month? USA Today gives us the consensus guess:

The justices will limit the expansion of gay marriage rights to California, with few if any implications for the rest of the country. Only on the Defense of Marriage Act, most agree, will the court strike a broad blow against discrimination by striking down the ban on federal benefits for married same-sex couples.

As you may know, Uganda is thinking of actually making homosexuality punishable by death. The offspring of a Ugandan immigrant argues that the debate can’t be separated from the fact that the country has also recently discovered that it is sitting on vast reserves of oil.

In case you missed Omar Sacirbey’s latest version of Moozweek, an RNS-exclusive roundup of news about Muslims and Islam, Sacirbey tells of the recent number of ugly, violent attacks on mosques and Muslims in the U.S. 

Just don’t call them rabbis. An Orthodox yeshiva has ordained its first class of female “Spiritual leaders and Halakhic authorities.” Their title: “Maharat.”

Five days before Father’s Day, a Forward writer asks: what’s the stereotype of the Jewish dad? She notes that they didn’t need to ask the stereotype question on Mother’s Day.

From the religion sports pages: Tim Tebow could be going to the New England Patriots.

It was almost, like, really weird, man. Colorado — one of only two states to permit recreational pot — was about to become the only state that forbids the sale of magazines about pot on newsstands. Colorado officials made sure that the magazine law didn’t go into effect.

Are those magazines read? Rolled? You can’t roll the Roundup, but you can have it legally, for free, in whatever state  you happen to reside, and most of the rest of the world too.

- Lauren Markoe

Categories: Culture

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. She previously was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.)


  1. Bet here is that the SBC
    ‘s concern for those kids or for other social issues won’t last. Obama caving? Shocked, though any effort at preventing unwanted teen pregnancy is good.

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