- Pope sets out blogging guidelines: The pope has warned Catholics to be respectful when using the internet to promote religion.
- Pope to Catholics online: It’s not just about hits: Echoing concerns in the U.S. about the need to root out online vitriol, Benedict called for the faithful to adopt a “Christian style presence” online that is responsible, honest and discreet. “We must be aware that the truth which we long to share does not derive its worth from its ‘popularity’ or from the amount of attention it receives,” Benedict wrote in his annual message for the church’s World Day of Social Communications.
- Seven Anglican vicars and 300 parishioners from six churches convert to Catholicism: The faithful, from six congregations, are to be welcomed into the Ordinariate – a grouping set up by the Pope for disaffected Anglicans. The Ordinariate was established for Anglicans who wished to join the Roman Catholic Church while retaining aspects of their heritage. The Vatican-approved scheme offers an alternative to opponents of women bishops, gay clergy and same-sex blessings.
- Family ties cut for ex-Jehovah’s Witness: A 24-year-old man has spoken of his sadness and frustration leaving the Jehovah’s Witness which has resulted in him losing all contact with his family. Theologically the Jehovah’s Witnesses movement is considered to be a cult of Christianity. Sociologically it is also viewed as a cult with destructive tendencies.
- Long Island Muslims fear their congressman’s hearings could flame Islamophobia: The top issue on everyone’s mind this month at the Islamic Center of Long Island was this: What could be done to stop planned congressional hearings on alleged hidden radicalism among American Muslims and mosques?
- Texas residents raise funds for religious memorial
- Opponent of NY Islamic center becomes advocate for mosques nationwide
Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
- Should tax-exempt churches pay “fees”?: When a community needs to rebuild crumbling roads, should houses of worship pay fees for the number of times their congregants drive on them? That’s the question behind a recent suit filed by churches in the small city of Mission, Kansas, who argue the city’s new “transportation utility fee” is a tax they should not have to pay.
- Religion may be a red herring when it comes to anti-Islam sentiment
- Hating on the Judeo-Christian Tradition
- What Do We Mean By ‘Judeo-Christian’?: Casual generalisations about Muslims often take the place of deeper discussion of migration and integration
- The Gospel of Steve Jobs: As remarkable as Steve Jobs is in countless ways—as a designer, an innovator, a (ruthless and demanding) leader—his most singular quality has been his ability to articulate a perfectly secular form of hope.
- Churches re-assess risk management policies: A $4.75 million judgment against a Tampa congregation in connection with a teen’s injuries on a church-sponsored skiing trip is raising awareness of the risks facing churches in a litigious society.
- Q & A: Billy Graham on Aging, Regrets, and Evangelicals: The evangelist says he “sometimes crossed the line” in politics, “old age can be a lonely time,” and warns evangelicals of being “victims of our own success.”
- Illegal religious structures spread through India: Mosques and temples encroach on sidewalks, schools and roads, despite court orders to stop them. Devotees help ensure the structures are hard to tear down once they are built.
- Many Choices on the Menu of Religious Fasts
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