NEWS STORY: Columnist: Hypocrisy An Unappreciated Virtue

c. 2000 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ As Washington Post op-ed columnist William Raspberry sees it, the demise of hypocrisy has led to the demise of society. “Speakers and moralists have conspired to give hypocrisy a bad name,” Raspberry said. Raspberry spoke to about 60 people Friday (May 26) at Grace Episcopal Church in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C., as part of a weekly lecture series on faith and ethics in daily life. Raspberry’s column is syndicated in 225 newspapers.

NEWS STORY: Columnist: Hypocrisy An Unappreciated Virtue

c. 2000 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ As Washington Post op-ed columnist William Raspberry sees it, the demise of hypocrisy has led to the demise of society. “Speakers and moralists have conspired to give hypocrisy a bad name,” Raspberry said. Raspberry spoke to about 60 people Friday (May 26) at Grace Episcopal Church in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C., as part of a weekly lecture series on faith and ethics in daily life. Raspberry’s column is syndicated in 225 newspapers.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Maryland Nun Plans to Defy Latest Vatican Ban Regarding Gay Ministry (RNS) A Maryland nun says she will not comply with a new ban from the Vatican ordering her to refrain from speaking or writing about a previous Vatican decision to end a ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics. In a statement released Friday (May 26), Sister Jeannine Gramick said the Vatican and leaders of her order had asked her “to silence myself.” “After finding my voice to tell my story, I choose not to collaborate in my own oppression by restricting a basic human right,” she said in a statement. “To me this is a matter of conscience.” Gramick and the Rev. Robert Nugent, a Maryland priest, founded New Ways Ministry in Washington, D.C., in 1977 and had been devoted to ministry with gays and lesbians. Last July, they were ordered to end that work by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican body charged with safeguarding church teaching.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Maryland Nun Plans to Defy Latest Vatican Ban Regarding Gay Ministry (RNS) A Maryland nun says she will not comply with a new ban from the Vatican ordering her to refrain from speaking or writing about a previous Vatican decision to end a ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics. In a statement released Friday (May 26), Sister Jeannine Gramick said the Vatican and leaders of her order had asked her “to silence myself.” “After finding my voice to tell my story, I choose not to collaborate in my own oppression by restricting a basic human right,” she said in a statement. “To me this is a matter of conscience.” Gramick and the Rev. Robert Nugent, a Maryland priest, founded New Ways Ministry in Washington, D.C., in 1977 and had been devoted to ministry with gays and lesbians. Last July, they were ordered to end that work by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican body charged with safeguarding church teaching.

COMMENTARY: An International 911

c. 2000 Religion News Service (Larry Jones is president of the Feed the Children, the international humanitarian aid group.) (UNDATED) Who defines compassion or what moves us to act? Who would stop our hand when we reach to dial 911? I have just returned from Ethiopia, ground zero for countries in the Horn of Africa on the sun-caked cusp of a famine that threatens to outstrip the gruesome disaster of 1984-85. I personally witnessed hundreds and hundreds of twig-thin people past the point of help, dying, and am astounded at the neutral response in the international community.

COMMENTARY: An International 911

c. 2000 Religion News Service (Larry Jones is president of the Feed the Children, the international humanitarian aid group.) (UNDATED) Who defines compassion or what moves us to act? Who would stop our hand when we reach to dial 911? I have just returned from Ethiopia, ground zero for countries in the Horn of Africa on the sun-caked cusp of a famine that threatens to outstrip the gruesome disaster of 1984-85. I personally witnessed hundreds and hundreds of twig-thin people past the point of help, dying, and am astounded at the neutral response in the international community.

NEWS ANALYSIS: As Ecumenical Relations Mature, So Does the NCC

c. 2000 Religion News Service (UNDATED) At its 50th birthday party six months ago, the National Council of Churches announced with great fanfare that after teetering on the brink of extinction, the proud ecumenical body didn’t need life support after all. Faced with mounting debts, a multitiered bureaucracy and a staggering sense of aimlessness, the NCC cut costs, restructured and reshuffled in an effort to stay alive. Now, however, the very people brought in to revitalize the dying organization are offering to pull the plug, bury the past and attempt a resurrection as an entirely new body. The cause of death?

NEWS ANALYSIS: As Ecumenical Relations Mature, So Does the NCC

c. 2000 Religion News Service (UNDATED) At its 50th birthday party six months ago, the National Council of Churches announced with great fanfare that after teetering on the brink of extinction, the proud ecumenical body didn’t need life support after all. Faced with mounting debts, a multitiered bureaucracy and a staggering sense of aimlessness, the NCC cut costs, restructured and reshuffled in an effort to stay alive. Now, however, the very people brought in to revitalize the dying organization are offering to pull the plug, bury the past and attempt a resurrection as an entirely new body. The cause of death?

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Muslims Kill Dozens of Christians in Religious Clash in Indonesia (RNS) More than 30 people were killed Thursday (May 25) and Friday (May 26) during an attack by Muslims on a Christian village on the island of Halmahera in eastern Indonesia, officials said. Seven Muslims and 26 Christians died in violence in the village of Mamuya in the province of North Maluku, said Rudy Indago, an official at an Adventist Church in the provincial capital of Ternate. More than 70 people were injured. “According to latest reports, 32 people were killed Thursday and two others on Friday,” said Brig.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Muslims Kill Dozens of Christians in Religious Clash in Indonesia (RNS) More than 30 people were killed Thursday (May 25) and Friday (May 26) during an attack by Muslims on a Christian village on the island of Halmahera in eastern Indonesia, officials said. Seven Muslims and 26 Christians died in violence in the village of Mamuya in the province of North Maluku, said Rudy Indago, an official at an Adventist Church in the provincial capital of Ternate. More than 70 people were injured. “According to latest reports, 32 people were killed Thursday and two others on Friday,” said Brig.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Church World Service To Be Financially Independent of NCC (RNS) The humanitarian outreach arm of the National Council of Churches will now balance its own books as the financially troubled ecumenical body begins to reassess its mission and possible death and rebirth as a different organization. Church World Service and Witness, which coordinates disaster relief and humanitarian aid for the NCC, will now be financially separate from the larger body but still accountable to the council’s General Assembly. The agreement puts to rest a long-running tension between the Council and CWS, which accounts for 85 percent of the Council’s budget. CWS officials were upset by the financial troubles facing the NCC and wanted to manage its own financial affairs.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Church World Service To Be Financially Independent of NCC (RNS) The humanitarian outreach arm of the National Council of Churches will now balance its own books as the financially troubled ecumenical body begins to reassess its mission and possible death and rebirth as a different organization. Church World Service and Witness, which coordinates disaster relief and humanitarian aid for the NCC, will now be financially separate from the larger body but still accountable to the council’s General Assembly. The agreement puts to rest a long-running tension between the Council and CWS, which accounts for 85 percent of the Council’s budget. CWS officials were upset by the financial troubles facing the NCC and wanted to manage its own financial affairs.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Former Southern Baptist President Announces His Divorce Eds: Gearl is cq in the 8th graf) (RNS) Former Southern Baptist Convention president Charles Stanley has announced he and his wife have divorced. Stanley, the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Atlanta, and his wife, Anna, had been separated for almost seven years. “On February 16, 2000 my wife filed for divorce,” Stanley told his congregation during Sunday (May 21) morning services. “The case was filed as an uncontested divorce and all terms of the divorce have been agreed upon by both parties.” Stanley, 67, thanked his congregation for its continuing support.

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c. 2000 Religion News Service Former Southern Baptist President Announces His Divorce Eds: Gearl is cq in the 8th graf) (RNS) Former Southern Baptist Convention president Charles Stanley has announced he and his wife have divorced. Stanley, the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Atlanta, and his wife, Anna, had been separated for almost seven years. “On February 16, 2000 my wife filed for divorce,” Stanley told his congregation during Sunday (May 21) morning services. “The case was filed as an uncontested divorce and all terms of the divorce have been agreed upon by both parties.” Stanley, 67, thanked his congregation for its continuing support.

COMMENTARY: The Short, Happy Life of Rudolph Giuliani

c. 2000 Religion News Service (Dale Hanson Bourke is the mother of two sons and author of “Everyday Miracles.”) (UNDATED) He could have been a contender. Instead, he turned contemplative. And in doing so, Rudolph Giuliani, the brash mayor of New York, stunned more people than had any of his harsh rhetoric in the past. Even his week earlier admission of infidelity and a broken marriage seemed to pale in comparison to Giuliani’s reflective statements about his prostate cancer and his decision not to seek the New York Senate seat.