Monthly Archives: January 2009

Pa. school district settles with Christian group

A lawsuit that challenged a Pennsylvania school district policy about after-school Bible club meetings has been settled. The Good News Club was prevented from sending fliers home with students promoting after-school religious meetings, according to their law firm, the Alliance … Continue reading

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Pope explains why he lifted excommunications

The Catholic news agency Zenit is carrying Pope Benedict XVI’s explanation for his recent decision to lift the excommunications of four ultra-traditionalist bishops, including that of a Holocaust denier who has denied that millions of Jews were murdered during World … Continue reading

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Pa. not the most, or least, religious state

We’re average. Pennsylvania earned a middle-of-the-road rating for religiosity when compared on a scale with states that can be considered the most religious to those that are the least religious in 2008. The ranking comes from a recent Gallup poll … Continue reading

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Sightings: Inaugural Jesus

In his latest Sightings column, religion scholar Martin Marty weighs in on Rick Warren’s prayer at last week’s inauguration: Many citizens are at ease with prayers in pluralistic America when they are generic, civil, God-ly. Invoke Jesus, however, and not … Continue reading

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Capitol Theatre to show ‘Religulous’ film

Comedian Bill Maher’s 2008 documentary/comedy “Religulous” is playing in York for the first time at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Capitol Theatre. In case you missed the reviews, the film satirizes organized religion and religious belief. It was … Continue reading

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‘So help me God’ …

Did you know that there’s no proof George Washington added “So help me God” after taking the oath as America’s first president? The first eyewitness account of a president saying “So help me God” was in September 1881, when Chester … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh priest to be bishop in Alaska

The rector of a seminary in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will be the new bishop of the Diocese of Juneau, Alaska, the AP is reporting. Monsignor Edward J. Burns is rector of St. Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh … Continue reading

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Inauguration edition: Faith and the presidency

Read on for a quick roundup of the faith-related, pre-inaugural news coverage I’ve seen recently. In this 1981 file photo, you can see President Reagan at the center of a wide-angle view from the Capitol balcony following his swearing-in ceremony … Continue reading

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Newspaper has a prayer, again

The Indianapolis Star has returned its prayer to page 2. (See previous post.) The reason: “Thousands of calls, e-mails, letters to the editor later, we have been reminded of, and are thankful for, another important role: to be a vital … Continue reading

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Catholics launch campaign to end death penalty

Activists plan to launch the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Death Penalty in Harrisburg on Sunday. Sister Helen Prejean, author of the book “Dead Man Walking” (the inspiration for the movie), will speak. The network’s goal is to “inform … Continue reading

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