Ron Ribiat

Ron Ribiat is an author at Religion News Service.

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Quote of the Day: Holistic nurse Carla Brock of Springfield, Mo.

January 9, 2013

(RNS) “I have spiritual and religious reasons to not have those toxins in my body.” — Board-certified holistic nurse Carla Brock of Springfield, Mo., who received an exemption from a mandatory flu shot but was fired after she refused to wear a surgical mask her hospital employer required. She was quoted by the Springfield (Mo.) […]

Quote of the Day: Larry Wendt, Arizona saloon owner

January 7, 2013

“I spend all week making sinners out of our good cowboys and cowgirls, selling them drinks and a lot of food. The least I can do is try to straighten them out a little on Sundays.” — Arizona saloon owner Larry Wendt, talking to The New York Times about letting a church meet in his […]

Quote of the Day: Episcopal Bishop Mark Lawrence of South Carolina

January 4, 2013

(RNS) “Like our colonial forefathers, we are pursuing the freedom to practice our faith as we see fit, not as it is dictated to us by a self-proclaimed religious authority who threatens to take our property unless we relinquish our beliefs.” — Episcopal Bishop Mark Lawrence of South Carolina, after filing a lawsuit to keep […]

Quote of the Day: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr.

January 3, 2013

“Controversial or not, she’s a human being who needs our prayers.” — Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr., commenting about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Mohler, who suffered a similar medical scare with blood clots in 2007, was quoted by Associated Baptist Press. Add to Favorite Articles

The Rev. Vsevolod Chaplin, spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church

January 2, 2013

“They won’t get a truly Christian upbringing, and that means falling away from the church and from the path to eternal life, in God’s kingdom,” he said. — The Rev. Vsevolod Chaplin, spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church, which supports a new law banning Americans from adopting Russian children. He was quoted by the Observer, […]

Quote of the Day: Efraim Zuroff, Israel director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

December 31, 2012

(RNS) “As far as the Jews were concerned, Hitler’s only ‘prayer’ was that they be wiped off the face of the earth.” — Efraim Zuroff, Israel direct of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, commenting on a statue of a Adolf Hitler praying on his knees that is on display in the former Warsaw ghetto where many […]

The Rev. Jim Winkler, general secretary of the United Methodist Church’s public policy arm.

December 21, 2012

“I could tell there was this real need, real hunger, at least in my denomination, for there to be some response that is not only prayers and expressions of sadness, but also a call to action,” — The Rev. Jim Winkler, general secretary of the United Methodist Church’s public policy arm, the General Board of Church […]

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan

December 20, 2012

“Like Jesus, Annie laid down her life for her friends. Like Jesus, Annie’s life and death brings light, truth, goodness and love to a world often shrouded in darkness, evil, selfishness and death.” — New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, speaking at the funeral of Anne Marie Murphy, a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, […]

Catholic theologian Thomas Reese

December 18, 2012

“Apply the rules of papal conclaves. Lock up the members of Congress, take away their cellphones, and don’t let them out until they pass a budget.” — The Rev. Thomas Reese, senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center, writing in The Huffington Post about a Catholic solution to the “fiscal cliff.” Add to Favorite […]

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