Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (Photo by Stephen Masker, via Wiki Commons,

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (Photo by Stephen Masker, via Wiki Commons,

Don’t miss New York magazine’s new interview with Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia. There are many fascinating parts, including:

You believe in heaven and hell?
Oh, of course I do. Don’t you believe in heaven and hell?

Oh, my.

…[Leans in, stage-whispers.] I even believe in the Devil.

You do?

Of course! Yeah, he’s a real person. Hey, c’mon, that’s standard Catholic doctrine! Every Catholic believes that.

If you’re too busy Michael O’Loughlin compiles some excerpts.

The New York Times highlights a few cases appearing before the court that deal with religion.

In other news, in a rare admission in Mormonism, LDS leader Dieter Uchtdorf admitted that LDS leaders have sometimes made mistakes, addressing why some leave the fold, even as the church marks 15 million members.

Mormon women were shut out of an all-male priesthood meeting. One of the speakers said women remaining at home is an essential part of society.

Four NYT features you should check out:

  • In light of the shutdown, today’s A1 features Senate chaplain Barry C. Black, in a piece titled “Give Us This Day, Our Daily Senate Scolding.”
  • Earlier, the paper profiled CM Almy, which says it is the largest, and one of the oldest, American producers of clerical clothing. Among their clients are Cardinal Timothy Dolan and priests at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
  • The Times also features a Bible college inside of a prison in Angola, Louisiana.
  • Novels about a philandering, high-living pastor find readers in black churches.

As the U.S. struggles with health reform, the Amish are doing their own thing.

Whatever happened to Holy Land USA in Connecticut, that used to attract 40,000 a year? See the before and after photos of the abandoned Christian theme park.

CNN’s John Blake takes on holy trollers, those who argue religion online.

Christians are under threat in Syria as Islamist extremists gain influence.

The ACLU has asked schools to stop praying before football games.

An all-women’s gym owned by a Muslim couple has become the focus of the latest French debate over Muslim integration.

RNS looks at the “winners and losers” in the Pew Research poll on American Jews.

Ovadia Yosef, rabbi and Israeli kingmaker, has died.

Orthodox Christian leaders and thousands of others on Sunday celebrated the anniversary of the Edict of Milan, which established toleration for Christianity in the Roman Empire 1,700 years ago.

Former president Jimmy Carter, 89, and his wife are commemorating three decades of work with Habitat for Humanity by helping build houses in the San Francisco Bay area.

Blasphemy! Blasphemy! Blasphemy! So starts Brian Pellot’s religious freedom recap.

Categories: Beliefs

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey joined RNS as a national correspondent in 2013. She has previously served as managing editor of Odyssey Networks and online editor for Christianity Today.


  1. Not really sure how women were shut out of an all male priesthood meeting. The “shutting out” has been going on for as long as the church has been in existence. But the week before the women do have their own Relief Society conference. So really, this is not a change in church policy or practice. Just a change in who noticed.

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