Quote of the Day: Edie Windsor, octogenarian

 “What changed? As we increasingly came out, people saw that we didn’t have horns.” – Edie Windsor, an octogenarian New York lesbian, speaking outside the the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday after the justices heard her challenge to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly Listings—March 29

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information.   Show # 1630 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on March 29. Same-Sex Marriage – This past week the Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 same-sex marriage restrictions and the Defense of Marriage Act.  Religious groups filed briefs on both sides of the disputes. Tim O’Brien reports on the arguments and the justices’ responses to the lawyers as they presented the cases. Nick Vujicic – Nick Vujicic is an evangelist and motivational speaker who, in the last ten years, has traveled to 44 countries and spoken to five million people—-despite having no arms or legs due to a rare disease he was born with.

Passover in the Supreme Court

Although Jewish law forbids working on the first two days of Passover, there is something appropriate about the Supreme Court’s using them to hold its two-day oral argument on the same-sex marriage cases.

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Father Knows Best: Is coercive sex rape?

Rape culture is absolutely a social problem and a legal problem. But it is also a problem of faith. God who is feminine, God who is a victim, God who stands with the least of these, God who hangs on the cross. This is the God who demands that we bring rape to an end.

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Tornielli book on Pope Francis publishes first in the world, ahead of schedule

Ignatius Press releases first Pope biography today as e-book, April 10th in stores
ATLANTA, March 27, 2013 – The much-anticipated first biography on the new Pope is here, one month ahead of schedule, and the author is Vatican insider, Andrea Tornielli, who as Nicole Winfield of the Associated Press describes, is “one of the best, if not the best, Vatican reporter out there. Period. He is the best-sourced, most accurate and one of the most knowledgeable reporters among the unique band of ‘Vaticanisti’ who travel with the pope, digest theological treatises as bedtime reading and count cardinals and monsignors as friends.”

Available today in English, first as an e-book and in hardcover April 10, “Francis, Pope of a New World” (Ignatius Press, $19.95), is a fascinating, definitive and complete biography on Pope Francis. It provides the keys to understanding the man who was a surprise choice, even a revolutionary choice, for pope. It is the story of why the cardinal electors of the Catholic Church set aside political and diplomatic calculations to elect a pope to lead the renewal and purification of the worldwide Church of our time.