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Ted Parks

Ted Parks is an author at Religion News Service.

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Billy Graham: evangelical media pioneer

By Ted Parks — February 23, 2018
(RNS) — Billy Graham's sometimes daring innovations were guided by the simple motivation to remain faithful to a divine message and proclaim it in the most effective way possible.

NEWS FEATURE: Hispanic Catholics Flourish in the Heart of Dixie

By Ted Parks — August 12, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service DALTON, Ga. _ The preferred language is Spanish, with four masses in the language every weekend compared to three in English. The pastor is bilingual, the associate Mexican. Somewhere near Los Angeles? San Antonio, maybe? No, Dalton, Ga., deep in the heart of Dixie. The parish is St. Joseph’s in […]

NEWS FEATURE: Hispanic Catholics Flourish in the Heart of Dixie

By Ted Parks — August 12, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service DALTON, Ga. _ The preferred language is Spanish, with four masses in the language every weekend compared to three in English. The pastor is bilingual, the associate Mexican. Somewhere near Los Angeles? San Antonio, maybe? No, Dalton, Ga., deep in the heart of Dixie. The parish is St. Joseph’s in […]

NEWS STORY: Pro-Gay Religious Leaders Oppose California Measure

By Ted Parks — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service IRVINE, Calif. _ Gathering in conservative Orange County, nearly 400 opponents of a California measure aiming to define marriage as strictly heterosexual met to marshal forces against the March 7 ballot initiative. The pro-gay National Religious Leadership Roundtable sponsored the Monday (Jan. 31) meeting to counter the notion that all […]

NEWS FEATURE: Tutu’s Successor Calls for Ethics in World Economics

By Ted Parks — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service LOS ANGELES _ The Rev. Njongonkulu Ndungane, Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, remembers watching his predecessor and Nobel laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, rise to fame and thinking, “I pity the … person who succeeds Desmond.” But Ndungane was chosen to fill those shoes in 1996. In the years […]

NEWS STORY: Pro-Gay Religious Leaders Oppose California Measure

By Ted Parks — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service IRVINE, Calif. _ Gathering in conservative Orange County, nearly 400 opponents of a California measure aiming to define marriage as strictly heterosexual met to marshal forces against the March 7 ballot initiative. The pro-gay National Religious Leadership Roundtable sponsored the Monday (Jan. 31) meeting to counter the notion that all […]

NEWS FEATURE: Tutu’s Successor Calls for Ethics in World Economics

By Ted Parks — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service LOS ANGELES _ The Rev. Njongonkulu Ndungane, Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, remembers watching his predecessor and Nobel laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, rise to fame and thinking, “I pity the … person who succeeds Desmond.” But Ndungane was chosen to fill those shoes in 1996. In the years […]

NEWS STORY: California Marriage Issue Divides Faithful

By Ted Parks — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. _ Fourteen words. “Only” 14, states a flyer from the Protection of Marriage Committee backing Proposition 22, which would define marriage in California: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Despite its brevity, the measure on the March 7 California […]

NEWS STORY: California Marriage Issue Divides Faithful

By Ted Parks — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. _ Fourteen words. “Only” 14, states a flyer from the Protection of Marriage Committee backing Proposition 22, which would define marriage in California: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Despite its brevity, the measure on the March 7 California […]

NEWS STORY: California Religious Leaders Urge Fairness in Labor Dispute

By Ted Parks — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service LOS ANGELES _ In a plea for healing after a long winter of divisive labor strife, Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles has urged Catholic Healthcare West and the Service Employees International Union to respect Roman Catholic teaching calling for fair union elections. “Workers must be in an environment that […]

NEWS STORY: Catholics Urged to Celebrate the Church’s Diversity

By Ted Parks — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service LOS ANGELES _ In a rousing liturgy resonating with languages from across the globe, Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles urged Roman Catholics attending what he called “the first national gathering to lift up the riches of the church’s racial, ethnic and cultural diversity” to actively champion the dignity of […]

NEWS STORY: Catholic “Encuentro’’ Meeting Underscores Church’s Diversity

By Ted Parks — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service LOS ANGELES _ Standing before a packed crowd Thursday (July 6) at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Bishop Francois X. Nguyen Van Thuan talked about the “defects” of Jesus _ qualities the Vietnamese prelate believes strike human logic as odd but actually underscore God’s love. President of the Vatican’s Pontifical […]

NEWS STORY: Mahony Throws His Weight Behind Amnesty for Illegal Migrants

By Ted Parks — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service LOS ANGELES _ Taking advantage of last week’s Encuentro 2000 call to respect all people, Cardinal Roger Mahony has thrown the weight of the church behind a controversial proposal to extend legal status to immigrants currently in the United States illegally. In a homily Sunday (July 9) concluding the four-day […]

NEWS STORY: California Religious Leaders Urge Fairness in Labor Dispute

By Ted Parks — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service LOS ANGELES _ In a plea for healing after a long winter of divisive labor strife, Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles has urged Catholic Healthcare West and the Service Employees International Union to respect Roman Catholic teaching calling for fair union elections. “Workers must be in an environment that […]

NEWS STORY: Catholics Urged to Celebrate the Church’s Diversity

By Ted Parks — January 1, 2000
c. 2000 Religion News Service LOS ANGELES _ In a rousing liturgy resonating with languages from across the globe, Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles urged Roman Catholics attending what he called “the first national gathering to lift up the riches of the church’s racial, ethnic and cultural diversity” to actively champion the dignity of […]
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