Religion News on the Web
Selected religion-related news from around the Web
March 20, 2012
- The New York Times
NYT: Dutch church is accused of castrating young men
A young man in the care of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands was surgically castrated decades ago after complaining about sexual abuse, according to new evidence that only adds to the scandal engulfing the church there.
March 19, 2012
- The Times
The Times: Pope Shenouda III
As the pope of the largest and oldest Christian community in the Middle East, Shenouda III belonged to a Coptic tradition that can be traced back to when St Mark introduced Christianity to Egypt in the 1st century AD.
March 18, 2012
- The Associated Press
AP: Butchers beef up French Presidential campaign
The French butcher who cuts and tresses your meat with care, and serves as city dwellers' link to the land, is falling on hard times, unable to find new blood to keep his iconic image alive — as supermarkets and Arab butchers selling halal meat at cheaper prices thrive.
March 15, 2012
- The Wall Street Journal
WSJ: Can Britain tolerate Christians?
Fifteen years ago, hoteliers Peter and Hazelmary Bull made some mocking headlines when reporters noticed their stodgy guest policy: No double rooms for unmarried couples.
March 12, 2012
- The Guardian
Guardian: St Petersburg bans 'homosexual propaganda'
Twenty years after homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia, anti-gay legislation is making a rapid comeback, with St Petersburg becoming the latest city to ban "homosexual propaganda".
March 12, 2012
- The Christian Science Monitor
CS Monitor: Russian Orthodox Church: Ban homosexuality 'propaganda' among minors
A controversial new law enacted in St. Petersburg and three other Russian regions, aimed at banning "homosexual propaganda aimed at minors," has members of Russia's besieged gay community worrying that all progress toward civil rights for sexual minorites in recent years might be thrown into reverse.
March 10, 2012
- The Economist
Economist: Hot and bothered
EVER since the 18th century, England’s established church has harboured a suspicion of religious enthusiasm.
March 08, 2012
- The Washington Post
Wash. Post: In secular Britain, a clash over public prayer
Perhaps the locals should have anticipated sparks on a town council stocked not only with a practicing pagan, a staunch atheist and an agnostic former stripper but also two evangelical Christians and a Methodist church organist.