Billitteri named RNS managing editor

c. 1996 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS)-Thomas J. Billitteri, news editor at Religion News Service since 1994, has been promoted to managing editor, RNS Editor Joan Connell announced today. In addition to directing the daily news operation at RNS, Billitteri will assume budget responsibilities and other managerial duties. “There is a quickening of interest in religion news and we’re proud of what RNS has accomplished since Tom Billitteri joined our staff,”Connell said.”Working together, we will continue to explore one of the most compelling issues of our time: how human beings are motivated by their beliefs.” Billitteri, 44, is former religion editor at the St.

Denominational Report

c. 1995 Religion News Service (Following is a collection of news stories compiled from RNS staff, wire and denominational reports). Lutherans remain baffled by sexual issues (RNS)-Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, unable to create a consensus policy statement on contentious sexual issues, will instead draft a”message”on the topic. Such a message, said the Rev. Charles Miller, executive director of the church’s Division for Church and Society will”help keep the momentum going in terms of our discussion of the subject.” Earlier this year, after vociferous opposition from many church members, church leaders scrapped an effort to develop a social policy statement on human sexuality.

COMMENTARY: The fight against crime should start with moral training

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Charles W. Colson, former special counsel to Richard Nixon, served a prison term for his role in the Watergate scandal. He now heads Prison Fellowship International, an evangelical Christian ministry to the imprisoned and their families. Contact Colson via e-mail: 71421,1551 at (RNS)-The bad news is that the forces of cultural disintegration-and the resulting violence-have established strongholds throughout American society. The worse news is that they have millions of reinforcements on the way.

ATLANTA (RNS) A campaign to arrest an African warlord generated awareness in more ways than the effort’s co-founder Jason Russell could have ever imagined. The “Kony 2012″ campaign captured widespread attention for its push to arrest Joseph Kony, head of the Lord’s Resistance Army, which abducts and forces children to become soldiers. For a grass-roots video project that suddenly went viral, it was a phenomenal success. Two weeks after the group Invisible Children released the video last year, Russell, the group’s co-founder, was detained and hospitalized for erratic behavior after he was found running naked and cursing the devil in the streets of San Diego. “The preliminary diagnosis he received is called brief reactive psychosis, an acute state brought on by extreme exhaustion, stress and dehydration,” Russell’s wife, Danica, said in a statement at the time.