Mass protests against planned mosques in New York City and
Tennessee. An Oklahoma referendum to ban Islamic law. A media circus
around a Florida pastor's threat to burn Qur'ans. An upsurge in
homegrown Islamic terrorists. Two U.S.-led wars in predominantly Muslim
(RNS) Seven in 10 Americans say religion's influence on the country
is waning, and 61 percent say they belong to a church or synagogue,
equaling the lowest number since Gallup began asking the question in the
An umbrella group of Catholic hospitals is backing a Phoenix hospital
that was stripped of its church affiliation, thereby setting the stage
for another sharp conflict between the hierarchy and Catholic
(RNS) The protracted and contentious debate over plans to build an
Islamic community center near Ground Zero in New York was the top
religion story of 2010, according to a survey of religion journalists.
What do nurses, soldiers, pharmacists, elementary school teachers,
doctors and police officers have in common? Americans say they are all
more ethical and honest than members of the clergy, according to a
In a dramatic break with tradition, U.S. Catholic bishops elected New
York archbishop Timothy Dolan as their next president, choosing a
friendly but assertive leader over the more conciliatory front-runner.
BALTIMORE (RNS) The outgoing head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic
Bishops vigorously defended the bishops' opposition to the health care
reform bill, asserting that only bishops can speak for the church on
matters of faith and morals.
(RNS) For four decades, the U.S. Catholic bishops have maintained a
nationwide program designed to help the poor lift themselves out of
poverty. And for just as long, fierce critics have tried to kill it.
The embattled Episcopal bishop of Philadelphia said he erred in not investigating his brother's sexual abuse of an underage girl 35 years ago, but he also brushed aside calls for his resignation, saying it is more "interesting" for him to remain in office.
In contrast to what they say about Las Vegas, what happens in one branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion rarely stays there. And no one knows this more than the former Episcopal bishop of Sin City, Katharine Jefferts Schori, who is now presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church.