WASHINGTON (RNS) As Pope Benedict XVI marks the seventh anniversary of his papacy with a crackdown on American nuns, many Catholics are wondering if the pontiff is finally becoming the papal enforcer that some feared – and others hoped – he was elected in 2005. By David Gibson.
WASHINGTON (RNS) What do famous thinkers such as William Blake, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Martin Luther King Jr. and Helen Keller have in common? They were all influenced by a little-known Swedish scientist, philosopher and theologian named Emanuel Swedenborg. By Annalisa Musarra.
(RNS) Why are some mainline Protestant activists so intent on singling out Israel for divestment and public condemnation while Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other countries have dismal records on human rights? I wish I knew. By A. James Rudin.
(RNS) A growing tide of young people are drifting away from the religions of their childhoods — most of them into no other religion, according to a new study that shows one in four young adults are religiously unaffiliated. By Lauren Markoe.
WASHINGTON (RNS) In the more than three decades since the national moratorium on the death penalty was lifted, there is no reliable research to determine whether capital punishment has served as a deterrent, according to a review by the National Research Council. By Kevin Johnson / USA Today.
A two-minute siren sounded across Israel this morning in memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. As many news outlets note, the Vatican launched a crackdown on a group of Americans nuns, appointing an archbishop from Seattle to ensure they toe the line on church doctrine. The Vatican also singled out Network, a social justice lobby created by Catholic sisters, which had very publicly bucked the bishops on the 2010 healthcare overhaul. As our own David Gibson notes, the crackdown comes as B16 celebrates his seventh anniversary as pontiff, and as he welcomes dissenting traditionalists back to the church. Chuck Colson “is still with us,” the DeMoss group reports this morning. House Speaker John Boehner, a Catholic, said the bishops of his church should “take a bigger look” at the GOP budget. While President Obama maintains a slim edge overall against Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee holds a huge lead among white evangelicals and Roman Catholics, according to a new poll. A Catholic priest who headed a Virginia diocese’s child protection office was placed on administrative leave while he is investigated for alleged sexual misconduct with a teenage boy, WaPo reports. Southern Baptist stat guru Ed Stetzer criticized SBC politics guru Richard Land (but didn't mention him by name), calling his recent racial comments “unhelpful” and “regrettable.” A Hasidic Jew in New York was sentenced to seven years in prison for firebombing a house after a religious dispute. Our own Lauren Markoe takes a look at Kirk Cameron's growing pains from teenage heartthrob to Hollywood “freak.” Thousands of pilgrims are trekking to Germany to see the Holy Robe, which they believe is the garment Jesus wore shortly before his crucifixion. Can you guess what the most religious country in the world is? Yr hmbl aggregator, Daniel Burke Image courtesy of Shutterstock
WASHINGTON (RNS) Eighty percent of single evangelical 20-somethings have had sex, and almost a third of evangelicals’ unplanned pregnancies end in abortion. Now, evangelical leaders are starting to say talking about abstinence and opposing abortion aren't enough. By Adelle M. Banks.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Vatican on Wednesday announced a crackdown on the organization representing most nuns and sisters in the U.S. following an investigation that said religious sisters weren't toeing the line on women's ordination, same-sex marriage and other issues. By David Gibson.
(RNS) While President Obama holds a slim lead overall against Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee has a 53-point lead over Obama among white evangelicals and a 20-point lead among white Catholics, according to a new poll. By Daniel Burke.
(RNS) The Southern Baptist Convention's top public policy official has apologized for controversial comments he made about the Trayvon Martin case, and the black New Orleans pastor who's widely expected to be named the Southern Baptists' first black president has accepted his apology. By Adelle M. Banks.
(RNS) Former TV child star Kirk Cameron knows he is now the darling of only a certain segment of America. “I'm kind of a Hollywood freak,” he says. “I didn't really turn out the way most people turn out growing up in this industry.” By Lauren Markoe.
TRIER, Germany (RNS/ENInews) Thousands of pilgrims are celebrating 500 years of the Pilgrimage of the Holy Robe, which centers on a sacred relic. Once the cause of conflict between Christians, the pilgrimage now is seen as an opportunity to promote unity. “In the modern world, religions have to work together,” said Bernhard Fresacher, a theologian working with the Catholic diocese of Trier. “In 2012, we are opening the ecumenical horizon to include many churches because we believe that the existence of Christianity today is only possible with an ecumenical spirit.” The Holy Robe, believed by some to have been the seamless garment worn by Jesus Christ shortly before his crucifixion, is usually kept out of public view in a reliquary at Trier Cathedral.
The editors of Time magazine must be in New York State of mind. Three of the four religious figures in Time's top 100 “most influential people” are from the Empire State: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Jets quarterback Tim Tebow and Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin. The fourth religious leader (and yes, Tebow and Lin are religious leaders, their flocks the envy of many a pastor) is Ayatullah Ali Khamenei of Iran. The Southern Baptist pastor who last October called Mormonism a cult and said Mitt Romney is not a Christian is now endorsing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. In the past, Pastor Robert Jeffress has told religion reporters that he would always pick the Christian candidate over a non-Christian.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A senior Vatican official on Tuesday (April 17) called for stronger protection for conscientious objection for both the Catholic Church and individual Catholics when they are faced with laws that conflict with their “moral norms.” By Alessandro Speciale.