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June 16th, 2010
11:45 PM ET

Bishops' conference blasts nuns for role in health care reform

Cardinal Francis George, President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

The head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said this week that a group of nuns who broke ranks with the powerful conference on health care reform in March is responsible for the controversial legislation's passage.

"Sister Carol and her colleagues are to blame," Cardinal Francis George is quoted as saying in a Catholic News Agency report Wednesday.

George's remarks at a Tuesday meeting of the bishops refer to Carol Keehan, the CEO and president of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), whose group endorsed the health care bill.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Abortion • Bishops • Catholic Church • Health care

Boxing clever
June 16th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Amir Khan: Fighting stereotypes

Amir Khan is a rare thing in sport: A world champion boxer who still lives with his parents and a prominent Muslim who is not afraid to address the image of Islam today.

Khan tasted international boxing success when he was just 17, winning a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. Now 23, he holds the WBA World Light Welterweight title, defended against Pauli Malignaggi in New York in May.

Read CNN's Q&A with Khan

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Culture & Science

June 16th, 2010
05:58 PM ET

I believe in evolution, he doesn't

From Wendy Atterberry at The Frisky, a website on dating, relationships, fashion, celebrities and more:

Dear Wendy: I have been dating my boyfriend for about three months. We get along great and he would do anything for me. We just have one problem. He doesn't believe in evolution and I very passionately do. We got in a discussion about it, which quickly turned into a huge fight.

Although my current career has taken me down a different path, I have my masters degree in biology concentrated in ecology and evolution so I know a little something about it and pretty much dedicated my entire education to learning about it. He is an engineer and very smart, but I just found out that he used to be really religious, hence his disbelief in evolution. ... How do I broach this topic in a manner that doesn't turn into a huge argument? Should I just accept that we may never agree on the topic and try to get over it?

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Culture & Science

June 16th, 2010
04:17 PM ET

Irish bishops respond to abuse scandal

Irish Catholic bishops will look for ways to have lay people more involved in church life to help prevent the kind of child abuse by clergy that has rocked the church worldwide, the bishops announced Wednesday.

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Catholic Church • Faith Now • Pope Benedict XVI

June 16th, 2010
12:01 PM ET

'Ragheads' and Republicans: Is Sikhism a sickness?

Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

Nikki Haley might have preferred the sex scandal.

After weeks of fending off adultery charges, this conservative Republican hopeful for governor of South Carolina is being forced to discuss her Sikh heritage now that state Sen. Jake Knotts has called her a "raghead."

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- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Politics • Religious liberty • Sikh

June 16th, 2010
08:44 AM ET

Obama names religious freedom ambassador

President Barack Obama named an ambassador for international religious freedom Tuesday night, weeks after a report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom criticized the White House for leaving the post vacant.

Obama nominated Suzan Johnson Cook, founder of a group called Wisdom Worldwide Center, as Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom, the White House said in a statement.  Cook is a Bronx, New York-based pastor and is chaplain to the New York City Police Department, according to the statement.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Barack Obama • Faith Now • Politics • Religious liberty

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