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President Obama’s Five Most Personal Religious Statements
(RNS) In recent days, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has criticized President Obama for having a "phony theology" not based on the Bible.
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Why Do Mormons Baptize the Dead?
(RNS) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has apologized for a Mormon who baptized the late parents of famed Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal.
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New York Knicks’ Jeremy Lin Dubbed the ‘Taiwanese Tebow’
(RNS) New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin's underdog story and outspoken evangelical faith have some sportswriters dubbing him the "Taiwanese Tebow."
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Is the Mormon Church’s Racial History a Problem for Mitt Romney?
(RNS) Marvin Perkins says God led him to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- but friends advised otherwise.
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Conservative Presbyterians Launch New Denomination
(RNS) Conservative Presbyterians launched a new denomination, saying that the Presbyterian Church (USA) cannot nurture healthy congregations.
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Are Mormons Christian? It’s Complicated
(RNS) Ask Mormons if they are Christian, and their answer often starts with a sigh.
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Va. Judge Rules Against Breakaway Episcopal Parishes
(RNS) Seven congregations that broke with the Episcopal Church in 2006 over its liberal policies on homosexuality are not entitled to keep parish property.
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Romney’s Evangelical Problem Starts with Theology
(RNS) The good news for Mitt Romney: he won the Iowa caucuses. The bad news for Romney: evangelicals remain reluctant to support him.
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Mainline Protestants Seek Internal Reforms, Stir Anger
(RNS) A list of the Episcopal Church’s 75 commissions, committees, agencies and boards spilled over eight PowerPoint slides during a recent presentation.
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Episcopal Bishop Cleared of Abandonment Charge
(RNS) The Episcopal bishop of South Carolina, who has distanced his diocese from the national denomination, has not “abandoned” the Episcopal Church.
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Episcopal Head Jefferts Schori Answers Critics on Abusive Priest
(RNS) Shori defended her decision to allow a former Roman Catholic monk to become an Episcopal priest even after he admitted to sexual misconduct with a minor.
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Catholics to Launch Shelter for Anglicans on Jan. 1
(RNS) A new Roman Catholic structure for Anglican converts in the United States will be formally launched, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington announced.
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Accused Mo. Bishop Accepts Deal to Avoid Second Indictment
(RNS) A Roman Catholic bishop avoided a second criminal charge for failing to report suspected child abuse.
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Catholic Bishop Backtracks on Limiting Communion Wine
(RNS) The Roman Catholic bishop of Phoenix has backtracked on plans to restrict Communion wine at Mass after a local outcry and consultation with other bishops.
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NCC Leader to Step Down
(RNS) The National Council of Churches announced that General Secretary Michael Kinnamon is resigning due to health reasons.
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Catholic Official Resigns over Column
(RNS) A policy adviser to the U.S. Catholic bishops’ anti-gay-marriage office resigned a week after writing a column that blamed Satan for homosexuality.
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D.C. Pastor to Lead Democrats’ Faith Outreach
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Democratic National Committee has tapped a well-connected Washington pastor to lead the party’s religious outreach.
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GOP Campaigns Court Values Voters at D.C. Summit
WASHINGTON (RNS) Several candidates sought to kick-start their stalling campaigns by preaching a gospel of low taxes and conservative Christian values.
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Mother Cares for Her Son’s Amish Victims
LANCASTER, Pa. (RNS) Terri Roberts was eating outside with a co-worker on a bright October day when an ambulance wailed nearby and a helicopter swooped overhead.
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Evangelicals Line Up Behind Rick Perry
(RNS) From media mavens to grassroots activists, conservative Christian leaders are heaping praise on presidential candidate Rick Perry.
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Report: KC diocese put children in jeopardy
(RNS) The Roman Catholic Diocese could have put children in jeopardy when it failed to follow guidelines for reporting clergy sexual abuse.
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Five Facts about Dominionism
(RNS) In recent weeks, an arcane and scary-sounding religious term has crept into the lexicon of the 2012 campaign.
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Bachmann’s Prophecy, Joke or Not, Has Lots of Company
(RNS) Bachmann is facing a flood of criticism for suggesting, perhaps in jest, that God sent Hurricane Irene and the East Coast earthquake.
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Fallen 9/11 Priest Emerges as An Icon for Gay Catholics
(RNS) The body belonged to the Rev. Mychal Judge, a Franciscan fire chaplain. Later, a half-hidden secret emerged about the gallant priest: he was gay.
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As Candidates Run for Office, Some Run from Their Church
(RNS) On a recent Sunday, Rep. Michele Bachmann gave a Pentecostal church in Iowa an intimate account of her pilgrimage to devout Christian.
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Bachmann’s Former Church Defends Anti-Catholic Views
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Lutheran denomination that Rep. Michele Bachmann quit in June sought to explain its belief that the papacy is the anti-Christ.
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Can a Creedless Religion Make It Another 50 Years?
BALTIMORE (RNS) A recent Sunday service at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore ended with an apology.
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Lesbian Minister Suspended for 20 Days
(RNS) A United Methodist minister was suspended for 20 days by a church court in Wisconsin for performing a same-sex union in 2009.
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Lesbian Minister to Face Methodist Church Trial
(RNS) United Methodists will begin a trial against a minister who’s accused of celebrating a same-sex marriage and being in a lesbian relationship.
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Bishops Leave Sex Abuse Policies Largely Intact
BELLEVUE, Wash. (RNS) The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops voted to maintain current church policies on the sexual abuse of children.
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Bishops Open Meeting to Review Sex Abuse Rules
BELLEVUE, Wash. (RNS) The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops began a review of church sex abuse policies.
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Evangelicals: Bachmann Speaks Our Code
WASHINGTON (RNS) Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour warned several hundred Christian conservatives not to expect a “perfect candidate” to emerge.
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Budget Battle Pits Atheist Ayn Rand vs. Bible
WASHINGTON (RNS) Ayn Rand published more than a dozen books. Now, liberal Christians say another work belongs in Rand’s canon: the 2012 Republican budget.
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Oops! Printing Errors in the Original KJV
(RNS) In the days before spell check, printer errors occasionally crept into the King James Version of the Bible.
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Lofty Language of KJV is More Common Than You Might Think
(RNS) Twelve phrases believed to have originated in the King James Bible, which celebrates its 400th anniversary this year.
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Bishops at Center of Abuse Scandal, and Potential Reform
WASHINGTON (RNS) A sweeping new report on the clergy sex abuse scandal compares the Roman Catholic Church to police departments.
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Bill Would Strengthen Role of Religious Freedom Envoy
WASHINGTON (RNS) New legislation would push the State Department to make international religious freedom a greater priority.
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Even After Win, Gay Clergy likely to Remain Limited
(RNS) Advocates celebrated a victory when the Presbyterian Church (USA) entered the ranks of denominations that allow openly gay, partnered clergy.
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Charges Dropped Against Anti-Obama Protesters
(RNS) An Indiana prosecutor dropped trespassing charges against anti-abortion activists who protested President Obama’s 2009 commencement address.
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Justices Sidestep Catholics’ Case Against San Francisco
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court declined to hear a Catholic group’s appeal accusing San Francisco supervisors of violating the Constitution.
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Gingrich Talks of Journey to Catholicism
WASHINGTON (RNS) Gingrich traced his spiritual journey from Southern Baptist to Roman Catholic at a Catholic prayer breakfast.
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Just How Long Did Jesus Stay in the Tomb?
(RNS) As Christians worldwide celebrate Easter, they will follow a familiar chronology: Jesus rose from the dead on “the third day.”
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Supreme Court Limits Prisoners’ Right to Sue
WASHINGTON (RNS) Prison inmates who are deprived of their religious rights cannot sue states for monetary damages.
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State Department Fires Back at Ambassador
WASHINGTON (RNS) The State Department fired back at a prominent Catholic ambassador who said the agency has a “rigidly narrow” view of foreign policy.
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Bishops Defend Criticism of Top Theologian
WASHINGTON (RNS) Under fire for criticizing a popular theologian, the U.S. Catholic bishops said they must occasionally assume the role of referee.
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Kmiec’s Gospel Falls Flat in Foggy Bottom
(RNS) The State Department has a “rigidly narrow” view of diplomacy that neglects religion’s role in foreign affairs, a prominent Catholic ambassador charged.
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Just How Long Did Jesus Stay in the Tomb?
(RNS) Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose from the dead on “the third day,” in the words of the ancient Nicene Creed. Or was he?
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Catholic Bishops Report Seven Abuse Cases During 2010
WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops announced that sexual abuse accusations against Catholic clergy increased in 2010.
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In Senate Muslim Hearings, a Decided Change in Tone
WASHINGTON (RNS) It was billed as the first-ever congressional hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims. But it played more like an Act II than a premiere.
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Bishops Push Back on Allowing Gay Couples in Housing
WASHINGTON (RNS) Bishops are urging officials not to adopt proposed rules that would bar groups that receive federal funds from discriminating.
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For Second Time, Vatican Keeps Parishes Open
(RNS) The Vatican has overruled a U.S. bishop’s decision to close churches in his diocese, a rare reversal that Catholic activists hope heralds a new trend.
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Catholic Bishops Back Wis. Union Protesters
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops threw their moral weight behind the pro-union protesters in Wisconsin.
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National Debt is New Hot Issue for Evangelicals
WASHINGTON (RNS) Many economists warn that the government’s huge national debt is a looming threat to long-term prosperity.
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Top Church Official Indicted in Philly Abuse Probe
(RNS) Advocates for victims of clergy sexual abuse are hailing the indictment of a senior Roman Catholic official.
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Presbyterian Court Clears Minister in Gay Marriage Case
(RNS) The court has found a Boston minister not guilty of violating church rules against performing gay marriages.
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Critics Raise Concerns About House Hearings on Muslims
WASHINGTON (RNS) A coalition is urging House leaders to raise concerns about planned hearings this month on the “radicalization” of American Muslims.
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Catholic Hospitals, Bishops Reach Accord
(RNS) The Catholic Health Association publicly acknowledged that bishops have the final say on questions of medical morality.
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Anglican Archbishops End Summit on Quiet Note
(RNS) Anglican archbishops concluded their six-day summit in Ireland by issuing statements on a host of international issues.
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Anglican Prelates to Meet in Ireland
(RNS) Some archbishops are boycotting a high-level meeting in Ireland to protest the Episcopal Church’s acceptance of openly gay and lesbian bishops.
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Catholic Bishops Won’t Support Repeal of Health Care Law
WASHINGTON(RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops will not join efforts to repeal the new health care law.
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Obama’s Eulogy Invokes Spirit of Black Church, Reinhold Niebuhr
WASHINGTON (RNS) Expecting a speech, Americans instead heard a sermon.
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Religious Profile of 112th Congress Remains Stable
WASHINGTON (RNS) The midterm elections did little to alter the religious composition of Capitol Hill.
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Poll: Americans See Religion’s Role Declining
(RNS) Seven in 10 Americans say religion’s influence on the country is waning.
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Catholic Bishops, Evangelicals Praise START Treaty
(RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops and other Christian groups are hailing the Senate’s ratification of a treaty with Russia.
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Legends Abound for Lords-a-leaping and Maids-a-milking in `Twelve Days’
(RNS) Twelve drummers? Ten leaping lords? Two turtle doves?
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Abortion Debate Opens Rift Between Bishops, Hospitals
WASHINGTON (RNS) An umbrella group of Catholic hospitals is backing a Phoenix hospital that was stripped of its church affiliation.
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Creationism Holds Steady at Four in 10 Americans, Gallup Says
(RNS) Four in 10 Americans believe that God created humans in something like their present form within the last 10,000 years, according to a new Gallup Poll.
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New York Mosque Named Top Religion Story of 2010
(RNS) The debate over an Islamic community center near Ground Zero was the top religion story of 2010.
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Religious Groups Rally Behind Traditional Marriage
(RNS) A rare coalition of religious leaders released a public letter promoting traditional marriage.
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Clergy's Professional Rreputation Hovers in the Middle
(RNS) What do nurses, soldiers, pharmacists, elementary school teachers, doctors, and police officers have in common?
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Conservatives Push Apple to Restore Manifesto App
WASHINGTON (RNS) Conservative Christians are biting mad that an app for their manifesto has been plucked from Apple’s store.
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Religious Groups Support Repealing Gay Military Ban
WASHINGTON (RNS) A new poll suggests broad support across religious groups for allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly.
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Catholic Bishops Approve Baptism Accord with Reformed Churches
BALTIMORE (RNS) The U.S. Roman Catholic bishops approved a mutual agreement with four Reformed Protestant denominations.
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Bishops Defend Opposition to Health Care Reform
BALTIMORE (RNS) The outgoing head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops vigorously defended the bishops’ opposition to the health care reform bill.
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Cardinal Says U.S. Morally Obliged to Protect Iraqis
WASHINGTON (RNS) The nation’s leading Catholic bishop said the U.S. has failed to help Iraqis to protect its citizens.
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Investor Sues over Poor Returns for Bible.com
(RNS) A disgruntled investor has sued Bible.com, saying the website’s name alone should make it more profitable than it is.
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Last Holdout Episcopal Diocese Ordains Female Priest
(RNS) Women have been ordained as priests in all 110 dioceses of the Episcopal Church.
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Chilean Archbishop Booted from Top Anglican Panel
(RNS) Chile’s top Anglican bishop has become collateral damage in the border wars between the Episcopal Church and conservatives overseas.
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Stem Cell Agency Apologizes for Blasphemous Poem
(RNS) The California agency has apologized for honoring a poem that appropriated language from the sacrament of Holy Communion.
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Judge: Methodist Agency Can Lobby on Issues Besides Temperance
WASHINGTON (RNS) The United Methodist Church’s public policy agency can advocate on causes beyond alcoholism and temperance.
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9/11 Families Shocked After Supreme Court Rejects Burial Appeal
WASHINGTON (RNS) Relatives of 9/11 victims are “shocked” that the Supreme Court refused to hear their appeal.
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Bishops Rebuke Theologians’ Book Over Views on Homosexuality
(RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops have issued a rare public rebuke of two Roman Catholic theologians.
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10 Minutes with Mark Massa
(RNS) For generations, thousands of Catholics saw the Catholic Church as eternal, timeless, and unmoved by the tides of history.
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Confusion Surrounds Meeting Between Fla. Pastor, N.Y. Imam
(RNS) The imam said that he has no plans to meet with a pastor who plotted to burn Qurans.
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Obama Denounces Quran Burning
(RNS) President Obama has added his voice to a chorus of critics condemning a Florida pastor’s plans to burn Qurans.
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Church Court Convicts Pastor on Gay Marriage Charges
(RNS) A Presbyterian court  found a retired California pastor guilty of violating church rules and her ordination vows.
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Conservative Groups Push Against Hiring Rules in Federal Funding
WASHINGTON (RNS) A coalition of religious organizations is urging Congress to amend a proposed bill.
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World Vision Wins Right to Hire, Fire Based on Religion
(RNS) World Vision can fire employees who disagree with its theological tenets, a federal appeals court ruled.
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Boston Archdiocese Blocks Employee Access to Critical Blog
(RNS) The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has blocked a conservative website from employees’ computers.
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Episcopal Bishop, Back in Office, Vows to Stay
(RNS) The embattled Episcopal bishop of Philadelphia brushed aside calls for his resignation.
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Study Says Religious Hospitals more Efficient, Provide Better Care
(RNS) Church-run health care systems are more efficient and provide higher quality care than their secular counterparts.
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American Buddhist Godfather Robert Aitken Dies at 93
(RNS) Robert Aitken Roshi, pioneer in bringing Zen Buddhism to the West, died at age 93.
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Ky. Men Drop Abuse Suit Against the Vatican
(RNS) Three Kentucky men have dropped their six-year effort to sue the Vatican over sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy.
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Why the Prop 8 Ruling Scares Religious Conservatives
(RNS) When U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker struck down California’s Proposition 8 he said voters’ motivation for outlawing gay marriage was clear.
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Judge Says Moral and Religious Views Don't Justify Gay Marriage Ban
(RNS) A federal judge struck down California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
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