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Case of Jewish boy taken by pope flares over doctored memoir

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(AP) — It’s an incident that has stained the Vatican for 160 years: a 6-year-old Jewish boy taken from his family by papal police and brought to Rome to be raised Catholic after church authorities learned his housekeeper had secretly had him baptized.

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How MLK was influenced by a black preacher you may have never heard of

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(RNS) — Throughout his life, Howard Thurman wrestled with the question of how the ‘religion of Jesus’ applied to those ‘whose backs are against the wall.’

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Black network’s farm-to-church movement brings fresh food to Baltimore

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BALTIMORE (RNS) The Rev. Heber Brown III, founder of the Black Church Food Security Network, says that ‘food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries will not change the underlying conditions that have our community hungry in the first place.’

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Anglican priest used Internet to share his paedophile fantasies

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Melbourne priest Philip Murphy, 54, above, found himself in the dock of an Australian court after he said in online chats that he fantasised about raping infant boys.

According to this report, Judge Phillip Coish, presiding at Murphy’s child pornography trial this week, described the priest’s discussions as “grossly offensive and deeply disturbing” but said they related to sexual fantasies and not actual events.

So instead of jailing Murphy, who used the name “Pervert” in his Skype discussions, he handed him a 12 months’ suspended prison sentence, on the condition he is of good behaviour, is supervised by sex offender management for 12 months, and completes a sex offender programme.

The judge said:

I accept there was no actual sexual activity with children, nor were any photos or videos of children involved.

He rated Murphy’s prospects of rehabilitation as good and accepted he was genuinely remorseful.

In a statement, the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, Philip Freier, above, said Murphy had been suspended from all church duties until the matter was dealt with by the church’s professional standards board.

I am profoundly saddened to hear of the Rev’d Philip Murphy’s conviction for child pornography offences. By his actions, Mr Murphy has betrayed children and the trust invested …read more

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Separating Fact from Fiction in Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Anti-D Immunoglobulin for the Prevention of Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn

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The Healthy Home Economist, a pseudoexpert in health and wellness with no actual education or training in medicine, is telling mothers to avoid a safe and effective approach to preventing a deadly pregnancy complication that used to result in the death of thousands of babies every year. …read more

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Donald Trump is not a Christian, but he knows what the religious right needs to hear, says historian

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Donald Trump is not a Christian, but he understands what white Protestants long for, says historian Matthew Bowman in the new book “Christian: The Politics of a Word in America.”

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Right Wing Bonus Tracks: The Bigot Leading Bible Studies On Capitol Hill

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  • Dave Daubenmire is sure that there “are evil forces out there” that are trying to shut down his daily webcast: “I believe that there are probably witches, I believe there are God-haters that are cursing what is going on here.”
  • Without a hint of irony or even a bit of self-awareness, Robert Jeffress declares that “James Comey is the poster boy for sanctimonious moral hypocrisy.”
  • Radical anti-LGBTQ bigot Rick Scarborough is now “beginning to lead Bible Studies” for members of Congress and “in the other branches of government.”
  • Infowars host Owen Shroyer is livid that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not working to take down Hillary Clinton once and for all: “Where’s Sessions? Rumor is he’s gearing up for tomorrow’s big holiday. Reefer madness with the Keebler elf.”
  • Finally, Josh Bernstein, who desperately tied to hide his attack on David Hogg, is now mocking Hogg for supposedly being “afraid to debate” him.

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Lay off the ADL!

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The attack on the ADL is yet another chapter in a sad pattern that goes back to Karl Marx.

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Kenneth Miller finds good news in evolution

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(RNS) — In his new book, ‘The Human Instinct,’ the Brown University biologist seeks to counter the message that evolution is dreary, depressing and demoralizing.

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Irreligious Britain is entering a ‘frightening new Dark Age’

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Bishop Philip Egan of the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth – pictured above with a glum young novitiate – warned at the weekend that a ‘frightening new Dark Age’ brought on by the end of faith in society is imminent for Britain.

According to this report, he said in an April 15 pastoral letter:

The demise of faith and religion, the demise even of people praying, is rapidly undermining in Britain the foundations of ethics. This dilution of our Christian patrimony threatens to usher in a frightening new Dark Age.

He added:

No wonder a death-wish is arising for assisted suicide and euthanasia. As Catholics, as people of life, we cannot ignore these challenges. We must act. We must ask Jesus to help us reach out in love to those around, to assist people develop a personal relationship with God.

In his letter, the Portsmouth bishop touched on sexuality, love, and human dignity. He also discussed a half-century of legalised abortion in England and current government efforts to ban pro-life advocates from helping women outside abortion facilities.

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