WASHINGTON (RNS) The Rev. Helmut Schuller is the key organizer behind a group of about 430 Austrian priests who are openly challenging the hierarchy on allowing women priests, married priests, same-sex marriages and lay Catholics’ voice in the election of bishops.
Author Archives: Kevin Eckstrom
About Kevin Eckstrom
Kevin Eckstrom joined the RNS staff in February, 2000 and became editor in 2006. Prior to coming to RNS, he worked as religion editor at the Stuart/Port St. Lucie News in Florida. He was the winner of the 2000 Cassels Award for small newspapers from the Religion Newswriters Association. Under his leadership, RNS was named Best Wire Service by the Associated Church Press for both 2006 and 2007 – the only time RNS has won back-to-back years. Eckstrom holds a M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from The George Washington University.
In 2007, he was elected president of the Religion Newswriters Association. His work was featured in Changing Boundaries: The Best Religion News Writing of 2003.
They’re sinning (a lot) in St. Louis, apparently. Uncle Frank meets a mess and lots of high expectations as he touches down in Brazil. And we finally know how many Anglicans it takes to change a light bulb.
(RNS) Movoto Real Estate blog decided to find out “what the real Sin City is.” And surprise, it aint Las Vegas.
Satanists find a way to get back at Fred Phelps’ cemetery protests. Devout Catholics supposedly have better sex. And a Catholic nun puts the Jehovah’s Witnesses door-knocking to shame.
(RNS) Like most things involving centuries of hard-fought theology, indulgences and purgatory are a little more complicated than you might think.
The Archbishop of Canterbury speaks in tongues (and we don’t mean that funny British version of the English language) and Pope Francis steals a page from Princess Diana. All that and more in today’s Religion News Roundup.
From the Dept. of Who Knew?: Some Swedes think dancing is sinful (actually, I knew that) and there are Muslims living above the Arctic circle (didn’t know that) whose Ramadan fast never ends.
(RNS) The two most decisive popes of the 20th century are now, or soon will be, saints. The Supremes’ gay marriage decision is already being invoked in federal court and Muslims’ are taking a page from the Christians’ music book.
(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?
WASHINGTON Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 26-page opinion Wednesday (June 26) striking down a federal ban on same-sex marriages offers a window into Americans’ rapidly shifting views of same-sex relationships — a shift that increasingly relies on matters of law and fairness, not moral or religious views.