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The Man Who Sued the Popenew

Houston's Daniel Shea thinks Joseph Ratzinger has a lot to answer for if he'd talk.
Houston Press  |  John Nova Lomax  |  04-27-2010  |  Religion

Confessions and Liesnew

A local sex-abuse victim reflects on the current crisis facing the Catholic Church.
Tucson Weekly  |  Tim Vanderpool  |  04-08-2010  |  Religion

Honor Thy Father: The Inside Story of the Young Woman "Honor-Killed" by Her Fathernew

Authorities believe Noor Almaleki was murdered by her father because she had become too Americanized.
Phoenix New Times  |  Paul Rubin  |  04-07-2010  |  Religion

Gwynne Dyer on Benjamin Netanyahu's Optionsnew

By the time Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu left Washington on Wednesday night (March 24), after postponing his departure twice, there was general agreement in the American media that his visit had been disastrous.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  03-29-2010  |  Religion

The LDS Church Eyes Barren Wetlands as a Future City Within Salt Lake Citynew

What is now home mostly to birds, mosquitoes and deer flies would eventually house up to 70,000 people in “a variety of neighborhoods with a range of housing types for a diverse population,” according to an update of the 2009 draft of the Northwest Quadrant Master Plan.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Katharine Biele  |  03-16-2010  |  Religion

Milo the Witch Finds Toil and Trouble at Ralphsnew

He told them from the start they were hiring a witch. Milo Shiff had to tell them. He had to make sure they wouldn’t require him to cut his curly, gray-white hair. He had to tell them he couldn’t mutilate the flesh of mammals or birds—which didn’t turn out to be a problem, since they weren’t hiring him for the deli counter.
OC Weekly  |  SPENCER KORNHABER  |  03-02-2010  |  Religion

As the Good Doctor Leaves Focus, His Son Talks About a Second Comingnew

Last year, exiled New Life Church founder Ted Haggard returned to Colorado Springs and later began holding prayer meetings in his home. And last fall, Focus on the Family announced the end of its ties with James Dobson, who founded the conservative Christian group three decades ago.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Bill Forman  |  02-25-2010  |  Religion

Sweat Lodges Are Usually Sacred Places of Purification, Not Profiteeringnew

Google the words "sweat lodge," and the third result is a CNN report about the Sedona sweat-lodge deaths at James Arthur Ray's $9,695 Spiritual Warrior retreat in October.
Tucson Weekly  |  Irene Messina  |  01-13-2010  |  Religion

Can Harvard's Superstar Atheist Greg Epstein Save Nonbelief from Itself?new

The nonbelief community is now embroiled in its own feud, in which the contemptuous "New Atheists" are pitted against the softer humanists, led by Harvard chaplain Greg Epstein.
Boston Phoenix  |  Adam Reilly  |  11-30-2009  |  Religion

Devout Catholics are Coming Out of the Closet, and San Jose's Diocese is Welcoming Themnew

Secretly, San Jose is the most gay-friendly diocese in the nation. And now, one parish wants the world to know.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Jessica Fromm  |  11-20-2009  |  Religion

Colorado Locals Fear Bible College Campus Could Stir Anti-Gay Sentimentnew

When a sign went up in late September announcing Andrew Wommack Ministries had just bought a sprawling ranch near their Woodland Park homes, locals felt a jolt of rage.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Anthony Lane  |  11-12-2009  |  Religion

Evangelism Goes Online and Streams to You Live with

Between this year and last,'s congregation swelled by more than 5,000 regular attendants at its 13 campuses, including locations in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Arizona and Florida -- and the one here in Albany.
Metroland  |  Chet Hardin  |  11-09-2009  |  Religion

Will a New Vermont Free Speech Law Protect Website Owners from a Powerful Religious Sect?new

The Exclusive Brethren is suing the owners of a website that serves excommunicated believers. Will Vermont's new anti-SLAPP statute protect them?
Seven Days  |  Andy Bromage  |  11-04-2009  |  Religion

The Resurrection of Ted Haggardnew

The former New Life pastor talks about the scandals that led him to the brink of suicide, the disconnect between his preachings and practices, and his prospects for creating a new ministry back in Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Bill Forman  |  10-01-2009  |  Religion

Focus on the Family's New Point Man Softens Rhetoric, Somewhatnew

Jim Daly's vision seems to be one of a kinder, gentler Focus on the Family — albeit one that is still hell-bent on barring abortion and blocking gay marriage.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Anthony Lane  |  09-03-2009  |  Religion

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