Cathy Lynn Grossman

Cathy Lynn Grossman specializes in stories drawn from research and statistics on religion, spirituality and ethics. She also writes frequently on biomedical ethics and end-of-life-issues

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Black, Hispanic end-of-life views rooted in faith, family — and mistrust

November 21, 2013

WASHINGTON (RNS) Race, religion and a sense of the role of the family all play into end-of-life decisions for African-Americans, “and you cannot disentangle them,” said Karen Bullock, a professor and head of the department of social work at North Carolina State University.

What makes a good old age? Being pain-free doesn’t top the list

November 21, 2013

WASHINGTON (RNS) Communication, physical independence and enjoyment in daily life are more important to a good quality of life than freedom from severe pain, according to a new survey.

Americans divided on facing death: Fight it, choose it or let it come

November 21, 2013

WASHINGTON (RNS) Most Americans hold strong views on the care they want — or don’t want — if they are faced with an incurable disease. A new survey from Pew Research finds that the number of those who would fight death to the bitter end is growing.

Francis sneezes * Shoeboxes stuffed * ‘Beaking Bad’: Friday’s Religion News Roundup

November 15, 2013

The pope has a cold, Sarah Palin is sorry, Franklin Graham’s evangelical shoe boxes get stuffed at some public schools, and more at Friday’s Religion News Roundup.

Should George W. Bush tell Messianic crowd to leave Jews alone?

November 14, 2013

Is George W. Bush’s speech for a Messianic Jewish group’s fundraiser an act of Christian love or a slap in the face to Jews who say their covenant with God is forever?

Can God take a tweet? ‘The Twible’ delivers holy writ with Twitter wit

November 13, 2013

(RNS) Jana Riess, popular Mormon blogger at Religion News Service, spent four years tweeting every book of the Old and New Testaments with pith and wit. Now, the complete collection — each chapter condensed to 140 characters — is on sale as “The Twible.”

Is secularism working?

November 11, 2013

Today’s Faith & Reason blog discussion question asks if you see secularism on the rise and whether you think that’s a good or bad thing.

Prayer rules * Mystery exits * Naked ‘Priests’: Thursday’s Religion News Roundup

November 7, 2013

The Supreme Court hunts for prayers acceptable to all. Tuesday’s elections have both parties in a tizzy. U.S. bishops, looking to elect their own leader next week, feel the effect of Pope Francis.

Pray tell, how would you rule on prayer before public meetings?

November 6, 2013

Pretend you’re singing with the Supremes — the Supreme Court — and you have to rule on rule on whether prayers before government meetings are “kosher?”

Conservatives shift their tone on gay anti-discrimination bill

November 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (RNS) The rhetoric from Republican and conservative opponents of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is moving away from the morality of the bedroom and into the business sphere. More politicians are fighting ENDA as a bad economic move, not as a break with the Bible.

Faith & Reason blog lives: New home, new questions, same writer

November 4, 2013

The Faith & Reason blog, where readers discuss an issue or question in the news, has a new home at RNS. Opening question: Did religious school or teen programs make you the believer – or unbeliever – you are today?

Survey: Libertarian numbers are small but their social, political clout is growing

October 29, 2013

WASHINGTON (RNS) There is a notable exception to libertarians’ generally socially liberal views: On legalizing same-sex marriage, 59 percent oppose it.

Baptism rates slide despite high-profile boosts

October 22, 2013

(RNS) Baptism rates are in steady decline for U.S. Catholics, Southern Baptists and others. Will high profile attention to the ritual from the Archbishop of Canterbury to the pope inspire a change?

Recipes for spirited family dinners

October 18, 2013

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell’s “Old-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese”  Serves 12 INGREDIENTS 8 ounces large elbow macaroni Olive oil ½ cup (1 stick) butter ¼ cup chopped fresh chives 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk 1 teaspoon salt 16 ounces shredded mild Cheddar cheese PREPARATION Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 3-quart baking dish. Bring a […]

Breaking bread in faith and love

October 16, 2013

(RNS) Two new books celebrate the significance of gathering at the family table. They offer recipes drawn from well-known Christian pastors and Jewish food traditions.

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