(RNS) The posthumous Mormon baptism of slain journalist Daniel Pearl shows that it's not just the proxy “baptism” of Holocaust victims that is problematic. Because of Judaism's communal sense of identity, performing this ritual for any Jews without their community's consent, raises basic questions of fairness and respect. By Philip A. Cunningham.
Articles tagged “Death & Dying”
(RNS) When the person you married goes through a dramatic change — a car accident, brain injury or dementia — what's a spouse to do? As Valentine's Day approaches, clergy, ethicists and brain injury experts agree: There are no easy answers. By Adelle M. Banks.
“My stand on self immolation is the same as that of the Dalai Lama, who has always discouraged drastic actions by Tibetans,” says Lobsang Sangay, the prime minister of Tibet's government-in-exile. “He does not even endorse hunger strikes.”
(RNS) Desecrating enemy dead is not always a vengeful impulse, and in some cultures even has a religious component. At the same time, disgust at the desecration of the dead is not always a simple case of demanding respect for a fallen human being, but also carries religious implications, and even one's journey in the afterlife. By Omar Sacirbey. 850. With photo.
(RNS) “Missionary” is one of those words where the meaning depends entirely on who’s saying it — and who’s hearing it. For Christians, it’s a word that conjures up images of selfless believers carrying life-saving religion to faraway places. Yet for many Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Native Americans and others, it recalls overzealous Christians who […]
MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) The head of the Russian Orthodox Church denounced a terrorist attack at Moscow’s busiest airport as “the horrifying scowl of sin,” and said actions once condemned even in war “are today becoming a form of protest.” Patriarch Kirill I spoke after a service to mark the feast of St. Tatyana, which this year […]
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Army is facing questions over a “spiritual fitness” portion of a mandatory questionnaire, with some atheists calling it “invidious and not inclusive” of soldiers who are nonbelievers. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation learned in December that soldiers were being asked to respond to statements such as “I am a spiritual person” […]
Huffington Post (RNS): When Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi killed himself after his roommate allegedly broadcast his sexual encounter with another man, the Rev. R. Albert Mohler wondered if anything could have prevented the 18-year-old’s suicide. Read more.
LONDON (RNS) Following two days of meetings with religious and government leaders, Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday (Sept. 18) turned his attention to his own flock as met with victims of sexual abuse and warned of the dangers of legalized assisted suicide. As on previous occasions, controversy _ this time, in the form of thousands […]
HILLSIDE, N.J. (RNS) The huge black billboard is hard to miss, looming over a stretch of Route 22 like a harbinger of death, or at least the right to die: “My Life, My Death, My Choice, FinalExitNetwork.org” The 15-by-49-foot billboard went up June 28, paid for by Final Exit Network, a nationwide group that provides […]