c. 2011 Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Christopher Hitchens will be remembered as many things: an acerbic essayist, connoisseur of Scotch and cigarettes and roguish writer whose forceful pen was fueled by an imposing intellect.
c. 2011 Religion News Service
(RNS) 2011 was supposed to be the year the world ended. Twice.
But after evangelist Harold Camping's doomsday predictions failed to materialize, all eyes are now on 2012 when, according to an ancient Mayan calendar, we need to once again prepare for the end of the world as we know it.
An Illinois college affiliated with the United Church of Christ is
poised to become the first school in the U.S. to ask prospective
students about their sexual orientation. Elmhurst College, located west
of Chicago, said an applicant's decision to identify sexual orientation
in the 2012–13 applications is entirely optional and is aimed at
promoting diversity on campus.
(RNS) An Illinois judge has ruled that the state can terminate adoption
and foster care services with Catholic Charities, saying the church-run
agency has no "recognized legal right" to a state contract.
After President Obama announced that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden
had been shot dead in Pakistan, ebullient crowds gathered outside the
White House and at Ground Zero to cheer the demise of the world's most
wanted terrorist, smoking cigars and breaking into chest-thumping chants
of "USA! USA!"
In a pre-Easter prayer breakfast at the White House, President Obama
said Jesus' death and resurrection "puts everything else in
perspective." Using the kind of personal religious language he once
shied away from in public, Obama spoke of "the pain and the scorn and
the shame of the cross" at the April 19 gathering for about 150 guests
(RNS) Domino's Pizza magnate Tom Monaghan has stepped down from leading
the conservative Catholic university he founded near Naples, Fla., and
named the former director of the White House faith-based office as
(RNS) A coalition of Christian churches answered the Rev. Martin
Luther King's 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail," conceding that
Americans have often have chosen to be comfortable rather than
"prophetic" on racism.
(RNS) The Rev. Albert Cutie saw a lot of things in his 14 years as a
Catholic priest while church officials looked the other way: priests who
got caught with prostitutes, priests who lived with their gay partners,
and men of the cloth who kept one bed in the rectory and another with
The calendar may have said 2010, but for Pope Benedict XVI and much of his global flock, it looked and felt a lot like 2002.
the second time in a decade, damning charges of child molestation at
the hands of Catholic priests dominated headlines, this time reaching
the highest levels of the Vatican, as critics questioned whether
Benedict himself mishandled abuse cases.
Most Episcopal bishops retire around age 65, and Bishop V. Gene
Robinson made his retirement date official by asking the Diocese of New
Hampshire to elect a successor so that he can retire in early 2013.
Americans who identify with the Tea Party are more religious than the general population but are less religious than conservative Christians, according to a new American Values poll. The report said the religious profile of the Tea Party "differs only modestly" from the religious makeup of the Republican Party.