Catholic Church

Tight security for judge’s funeral

Tight security for judge’s funeral

One day after mourning the death of a child, an Arizona city will remember the life of a judge. A funeral for U.S. District Judge John Roll is expected to draw many other federal judges, and security is tight. Three hours before services Friday, U.S. marshals and local law officers were at the church, where […]

Vatican bank mired in money laundering scandal

Vatican bank mired in money laundering scandal

This is no ordinary bank: The ATMs are in Latin. Priests use a private entrance. A life-size portrait of Pope Benedict XVI hangs on the wall. Nevertheless, the Institute for Religious Works is a bank, and it’s under harsh new scrutiny in a case involving money-laundering allegations that led police to seize euro23 million ($30 […]

Pope, conservatives at odds over condoms

Pope, conservatives at odds over condoms

Faced with a changing outlook from Pope Benedict XVI on condoms and their role in preventing the spread of HIV, many prominent conservative Roman Catholics in the U.S. are rejecting the Vatican’s own explanation of what the pope said. Several orthodox Catholics said they would only accept a more formal papal pronouncement. Others insisted that […]

Americans don’t know a hell of a lot about religion

Americans don’t know a hell of a lot about religion

A new survey of Americans’ knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their own faiths. Forty-five percent of Roman Catholics who participated in the study didn’t know that, according […]

Health care vote delayed until Sunday

Health care vote delayed until Sunday

Pushing toward a history-making vote, Democrats struggled to eliminate lingering complications standing in the way of House action this weekend on President Barack Obama‘s landmark health care overhaul. Their drive to change the way health care is administered and extend coverage to millions of uninsured Americans took on a growing sense of inevitability, picking up […]