Study calls for sensitivity in Muslims’ medical care

Whitney Jones |

(RNS) U.S. doctors need to take religious values into account while providing health care, especially when the patient is a Muslim woman, according to a new study in the Journal of Medical Ethics. Dr. Aasim Padela, the study’s lead author and a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan, assessed the obstacles Muslims […]

Monday’s Religion News Roundup

Kevin Eckstrom |

More than 40 worshippers at a Baghdad Catholic church were killed when insurgents stormed the church Sunday night; U.S. military officials said the subsequent raid by Iraqi commandos that killed the hijackers demonstrates the Iraqis’ ability to fight for themselves. B16 denounced the attack as “ferocious.” Victims’ groups held a vigil yesterday in St. Peter’s […]

COMMENTARY: Thrift store saints

Cathleen Falsani |

(RNS) What I actually know about God might, on a good day, fit on a quarter of the head of a pin compared to the fullness of God’s true hugeness. That said, there are a couple of things about the Almighty that I’m pretty certain are true. God’s grace is always staggering and often surprising. […]

Anti-abortion `Pro-Life Freedom Ride’ turned away from King’s tomb

Jeremy Gray / The Birmingham News |

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Invoking the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, anti-abortion clergy members and their supporters on Saturday (July 24) embarked on a “Pro-Life Freedom Ride” but were turned away from King’s tomb in Atlanta. The group, organized by New York-based Priests For Life, held a prayer […]

ACLU wants protection for women at religious hospitals

Ankita Rao |

(RNS) After a controversial abortion performed at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix, the American Civil Liberties Union is asking federal officials to protect “emergency reproductive care” at religiously affiliated hospitals. The ACLU called on the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to investigate violations of federal law concerning emergency reproductive care at religious hospitals. […]

Thursday’s roundup

Kevin Eckstrom |

Secular groups are getting a little antsy with President Obama‘s slow pace of reform on the White House’s faith-based office. Outspoken atheist Christopher Hitchens says he has cancer of the esophagus and cancelled his book tour. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan carried forth (someone get her an editor) on her interpretation of the First Amendment’s […]

Demographics race colors Israel’s abortion debate

Jason Ma |

JERUSALEM (RNS) Inside an office about the size of a three-bedroom apartment, the walls are covered with pictures of babies and letters from grateful mothers. In a warehouse a few blocks away, three workers pack boxes with essentials — diapers, baby wipes, formula, matzo for Passover in the spring — alongside stacks of pint-sized mattresses […]

COMMENTARY: What started on Mt. Sinai didn’t end there

A. James Rudin |

(RNS) The story of the two-day Jewish festival of Shavuot — beginning this year at sundown on Tuesday (May 18) is well known, starting with a ragtag group of Israelites who had just escaped slavery in Pharaoh’s Egypt. The ancient Israelites, under Moses’ leadership, weren’t yet ready for prime time, much less entry into the […]

D.A. reaches out to families in faith-healing church

Steve Mayes / The Oregonian |

OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) District Attorney John Foote kept his promise to reach out to an Oregon City church whose members have been prosecuted for failing to provide adequate medical care for their children. Foote sent a letter to 415 families who belong to the Followers of Christ Church. The church has a long tradition […]

Bishop removes hospital from CHA over health care bill

Daniel Burke |

WASHINGTON (RNS) A health care system in Rhode Island has withdrawn from the national Catholic Health Association in a lingering dispute over the health care bill Congress passed last month. Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I., demanded that CHA remove St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island from its membership rolls, calling its affiliation with […]