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Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be declared saints. Some Christian groups are siding with Scientologists in an abuse case. And India seeks to regulate its "rent-a-womb’’ industry.

Categories: Beliefs

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a national correspondent for RNS, covering how faith intersects with politics, culture and other news. She previously served as online editor for Christianity Today where she remains an editor-at-large.


  1. Sarah, today, September 30, is Blasphemy Rights Day International (see Wikipedia entry:

    Thought of the day: “All great truths begin as blasphemies.” — George Bernard Shaw

  2. Anyone who claims the RNR is not full of information on any given day should read today’s RNR. A weeks full of info/stories in just 1 day! That’s a good thing by the way!

  3. I did sign up for your new religious freedom roundup but never was sure if it took it or not. Also, it asked the usual questions such as name, email etc. but also asked for things such as work phone and profession. I don’t have a work phone and as far as profession I am retired due to disability and there was neither of those listed for the profession. TThe closest was student but I didn’t list that, just left the whole thing blank. Just letting you know.

  4. The church of scientology is jumping on all sorts of band wagons at the moment due to the amount of negative press and court cases they are involved in. Not saying this is a good or bad cause but rather doubting the sincerity of the church of scientology; the church of scientology actively helped a lot of people fight their cases against the IRS back in the late 80’s early 90’s until the church of scientology got their tax immunity deal with the IRS and then they dropped every single one of them.

  5. Regarding Scientology, I am a survivor of the Children of God cult, now known as The Family International. Back in the seventies and eighties, Scientology leaders were collaborating with leaders of other cults, including the COG, on various tactics and strategies to fight the then growing anti-cult movement. It is not a coincidence that many cults, both fringe and mainstream, use similar tactics for controlling members and deceiving outsiders, including governments, that everything is fine. I was not surprised at all to read about Christian churches supporting Scientology’s legal fight on the issue of clergy privilege. Secrecy is one of those tools of control and deception.