Christianity

Editorial: Catholic Bishops Lack Consistency in Moral Stances on Social Issues

May 22, 2004

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/oped/chi-0405210348may21,1,6913407.story

On May 22, 2004 the Chicago Tribune reported, "For Catholics, there is no bright line separating 'private'faith from 'public'action. Within the Catholic tradition, the decision whether to vote for one politician or another is as fraught with religious significance as the decision whether to go to church on Sunday. Consequently,...

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Chinese Church Opens Doors to Everyone

May 21, 2004

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/religion/2584643

On May 21, 2004 The Houston Chronicle reported, "As leaders at Houston Chinese Church started a new congregation in Fort Bend County, they decided to leave ethnicity out of the title. The result was Fort Bend Community Church. The name signaled change. 'We took the `Chinese' out,' said Robert Lay-Su, a church deacon. 'We inserted the `community.' We were thinking, `Open the...

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Catholic Congress Members Warn Against Bishop Intervention

May 20, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41041-2004May19.html?referrer=email

On May 20, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Forty-eight Roman Catholic members of Congress have warned in a letter to Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington that U.S. bishops will revive anti-Catholic bigotry and severely harm the church if they deny Communion to politicians who support abortion rights. The letter's...

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"Traditional Values Coalition" Forms to Oppose Gay Marriage

May 20, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41187-2004May19.html?referrer=email

On May 20, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Opposing the 'homosexual agenda,' as it's known in their circle, is on the priority list for most Christian conservative groups. But for the Traditional Values Coalition, founded in 1980 by the Rev. Lou Sheldon and based in Anaheim, Calif., it is a singular obsession. 'They're the...

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Opinion: In Kosovo, U.S. Not Living Up to Its Foreign Policy on Protecting Religious Freedom For All

May 20, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://search.csmonitor.com/search_content/0520/p09s02-coop.html

On May 20, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor ran an opinion piece by Lawrence A. Uzzell, president of International Religious Freedom Watch, about the lack of attention to "ethnic cleansing" of Christian Serbs in Kosovo. Uzzell writes, "Six years ago the US launched a noble experiment, becoming the first nation to proclaim international religious freedom...

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National Council of Churches (U.S.) Urges End to Ethnic Cleansing in Sudan

May 19, 2004

Source: AllAfrica.com

http://allafrica.com/stories/200405190772.html

On May 19, 2004 AllAfrica.com posted a press release from the National Council of Churches (U.S.) that reported, "Urgent intervention to stop the killing in Sudan was the call of the National Council of Churches USA Executive Board in a resolution adopted unanimously today during its spring meeting here May 17-18. The Board committed the NCC and its member churches 'to intensifying their efforts' to stop...

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Colorado Bishop Says Pro-Choice Voters Will be Banned from Communion

May 19, 2004

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/145/story_14593_1.html

On May 19, 2004 Religion News Service reported, "Catholics who vote for politicians who support abortion rights or gay marriage will be banned from Communion until they have 'recanted their positions' and confessed their sin, a Colorado bishop warned. Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs said any Catholic who does not reflect church teaching in the voting booth 'makes a mockery...

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Religious Pluralism Subject of Kennedy Lecture at Catholic Educational Institute

May 19, 2004

Source: Western People

http://www.westernpeople.ie/news/story.asp?j=19664

On May 19, 2004 Western People reported, "The inaugural annual Kennedy Lecture was given by Dr. Dermot Lane recently to an audience of over eighty people at The Newman Institute of Education in Ballina...In his lecture entitled Christian Faith in the Context of a Multi-Cultural World, Dr. Lane addressed one of the great challenges for the Christian Church in the 21st century...Having reviewed...

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Editorial: Election 2004 Will be Decided by Religion

May 19, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-klinghoffer19may19,1,5098403.story

On May 19, 2004 the Los Angeles Times published an editorial noting, "If the last presidential election was any indication, the outcome of November's contest will be decided in large part by voters' religious commitments. The more often you attend church, the more likely you are to vote Republican. What polling data don't...

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Former Newsweek Correspondent Writes on Conversion of Cambodians to Christianity

May 18, 2004

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/520463.html

On May 18, 2004 the International Herald Tribune ran a feature article/opinion piece by James Pringle, former East Asia correspondent for Newsweek, on the conversion of Cambodians to Christianity. He writes, "As if being desperately poor was not enough, billboards in this dusty former Khmer Rouge village in a malarial zone in northwest Cambodia warn children against picking up metal objects. They...

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Pope Commends Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Stresses Its Importance for Peace

May 17, 2004

Source: Zenit

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=53778

On May 17, 2004 Zenit reported, "John Paul II stressed the importance of interreligious dialogue in the building of peace, as he met the participants of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. The dicastery, which is marking its 40th anniversary, has carried out its 'ecclesial service' with 'diligent determination,' the Pope said Saturday. The importance of the...

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Service Symbolically Mends Relations Between Russian Orthodox Church and Members Abroad

May 15, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3717739.stm

On May 15, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Christians have attended an open-air service outside Moscow marking another step forward in improved relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Around 10,000 people gathered at the site of a former secret police base where thousands of people were executed under Soviet dictator Stalin for the service, conducted by the head...

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