Call torture scandal a damaging self-inflicted blow
Jun 01, 2004
High-ranking Vatican diplomats are calling the Iraq torture scandal a self-inflicted blow that has caused more damage to the United States than the 2001 terrorist attacks. That stark assessment comes only weeks before President Bush is expected to meet with Pope John Paul II in Rome, and as U.S.
The portion of adults who generally do not attend church has risen sharply in the past 13 years, a Barna Group study shows. The percentage of Americans who are “unchurched” grew from 21 percent in 1991 to 34 percent in 2004.
Withdrew last year from appointment as Anglican bishop
May 18, 2004
The issue of homosexuality has come back to haunt the Church of England with the appointment of avowedly gay Canon Jeffrey John as dean of the diocese of St. Albans—the same priest who was forced to withdraw last year from an appointment as a bishop.
Standing at a worship service shortly before the official start of the March for Women’s Lives held in Washington, D.C., pastry cook Theresa Helfrey held two signs stapled together, one declaring the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s call for justice and another supporting NARAL, a prominent abortion rights organization.
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to consider an appeal of a lower court ruling that mealtime prayers at Virginia Military Institute are unconstitutional. Justice Antonin Scalia issued a strong dissent to the high court’s April 26 refusal, saying the case raised key questions about church and state.