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January 6th, 2012
04:42 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Friday, January 6

By Dan Merica, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: Bishop admits having children, resigns
A Los Angeles Catholic bishop has resigned from the church after admitting he is the father of two teenage children, leaders said.

The Cardinal released a letter expressing sorrow over the sexual abuse scandal.

CNN: Boston archbishop: ‘Sorrow’ over child sex abuse scandal is still deep
Ten years after public recognition of serious sexual abuse at the hands of Roman Catholic priests within the Archdiocese of Boston, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, the archbishop, issued a letter and his reflections on the "problem with a history far deeper than any ... had imagined, that had been wreaking havoc along its course."

CNN: Controversial Catholic programs for gays begins in Connecticut
The Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut, this month is beginning a program that ministers to gays and lesbians, CNN affiliate WFSB-TV reports.

Will religious conservative Rick Santorum connect in New Hampshire?

CNN: Religion was huge in Iowa, but New Hampshire doesn’t want to talk faith
That means the candidates will be rejiggering their Iowa-branded messages about faith and family into ones about fiscal matters, like the national debt and the cost of President Barack Obama’s health care plan, before once again dusting off the faith and family rhetoric for the next-in-line South Carolina primary, where evangelicals dominate.

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Tweet of the Day:

From @martinbeckford: Church of England weighs into assisted suicide debate, calling Falconer plans morally unacceptable tgr.ph/wcevP0

Enlightening Reads:

The Christian Post: Rising Islamist Militancy Predicted to Make Top Religions Stories in 2012
Increasing boldness by extreme Islamists is one of six top religious news stories that the Institute on Religion & Democracy predicts will make major headlines in 2012.

Former President Jimmy Carter

Huffington Post: Jimmy Carter Interview: Real Story Behind Egypt Israeli Peace Deal
In this wide-ranging interview, HuffPost's Senior Religion Editor spoke to President Carter by phone about the role faith played in the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty, the time of his greatest alienation from God, faith in the White House and his personal daily devotional practice.

The Times of India: Signing out of Xmas with the Three Kings
The feast of the Epiphany, also known as the Three Kings’ feast, is celebrated by Catholics on January 6 across the world. It often symbolizes the end of Christmas celebrations and the packing up of decorations for next year.

Washington Post: Rick Santorum compares same-sex marriage to polygamy, in spirited exchange at N.H. college
Rick Santorum took on a restive audience Thursday night over the issue of same-sex marriage, which the former Pennsylvania senator vociferously opposes.

Quote of the Day:

As a practicing Muslim woman, I knew that I would not only have to find a sport that accommodated my religious beliefs, but also where I could be fully covered and not have to change the uniform.

World-class fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad said this in an interview with NPR’s Michel Martin. Muhammad hopes to compete in the 2012 London Olympics, but speaks at length about balancing her faith and her sport. If Muhammah qualifies for the Olympics, it is believed she would be the first American to wear Islamic head-covering while competing. Fascinating interview.

Today’s Opinion:

Real Clear Religion: A Divine Call Won’t Get You Votes
Has there ever been a clearer gap between a candidate's claim of a divine call toward politics and Michele Bachmann's speech on Wednesday ending her race for the GOP presidential nomination?

Join the conversation…

Kelly Oxford tweeted this on Wednesday.

CNN: What happens when candidates called by God drop out?
On Wednesday, blogger and sitcom writer Kelly Oxford sent a tweet about the Republican race for the presidency that got a lot of folks asking: Is this God’s idea of a joke?

- Dan Merica

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Ynot11

    Question. Why is the Bible any more authentic than the Koran, the Veda's, the Baghvad Gita, the Avesta, or any other book that claims revelation from a supreme being? All talk of love, respect for mankind and nature, treating all people as one, morality, etc. We all see our religions, the ones thst are predominant in our cultures, as the right one. Please, a little more respect for your brothers and sisters, and don't assume that "saving" someone is right. That is how you were brought up. Many more people around the world were brought up different, and yet they still manage (the vast majority) to love thier friends and families, scarifice for them, are good citizens, obey the laws of thier respective countries, and do the day to day things that make them human. How do they do this?

    January 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  2. Christopher puregold uc

    FLASH NEWS death toll in EBONYI STATE the conflict between TWO local government EZZA NORTH and EZILO in the same state Resulted into killing of 170 souls including 2yrs children

    January 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  3. MANWILLSTOPONEDAYJOKE(haha)

    MILLIONS TO BE ASSASSINATED FOR THE SAKE OF $$$ LIABILITIES(mk-ultra, chip implants, electroshocks etc. performed on them) AND NEW WORLD ORDER(multiculturalism = terrorism) POLITICAL AGENDA KNOWN AS "YOU ARE NEXT"(financial liabilities are 2 expensive for the government and it is cheaper to get read of you instead) !!! IF YOU WERE TREATED WITH ELECTROSHOCKS OR DRUGS USED FOR WIPING OUT MEMORY(numerous Americans and Europeans were and are) AFTER ENDURING FORCED CHIP IMPLANTS(or to retard individual = how homeless people are produced), YOU ARE SCHEDULED NEXT !!!

    NOW YOU KNOW WHAT ORWELLIAN UNITED STATES CONGRESS(USSR#2) IS SOOO BUSY WHEN PLAYING/CLOWNING(acting) IN FRONT OF CAMERAS ONLY HOW SOMETHING HAVE TO BE DONE(deliberately omitting/delaying facts of genocide as seen on this complain) !!!
    http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/

    LEARN TRUTH ABOUT UNITED NATIONS, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AS WELL AS NEW WORLD ORDER(MULTICULTURALISM = TERRORISM) GOVERNMENTS(Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) !!! NOT THERE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS, BUT TO DENY YOUR RIGHT TO EXISTENCE !!!

    ABDUCTIONS / FORCED BRAIN CHIP IMPLANTS / BLACKLISTING / FORCEFUL UNEMPLOYMENT / MK-ULTRA BRAINWASHING AGAINST WHITE(under "NAZI" lie) CIVILIAN POPULATION TODAY IN 2011/2012 ACROSS THE EUROPE AND NORTHERN AMERICA !!!

    http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/

    WHY TO ACCEPT LIABILITIES FOR CRIMES COMMITTED WHEN WE CAN SIMPLY ASSASSINATE OUR VICTIMS(YOU) THANKS TO HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND FREE PRESS/MEDIA(most severe censorship of genocide ever !!!)!!

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xGfYOAydjw&w=640&h=360]
    OR
    http://www.youtube.com/user/BostjanAvsec OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE RECORDED LIVE IN 2009 !!! These are hard facts about lunatic Obama/Bush's twilight zone administrations(HORROR) or genocide against whites per ZIONIST Washington DC and in complete agreement with communist Moscow !!!

    EXILING WHITES(US citizens) WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE AND IMPORTING NON WHITES IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS FREE !!!

    January 7, 2012 at 7:08 am |
  4. NOBODYS FOOL

    AMERICA

    January 6, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
    • Otgoo

      Of all the celebrity detahs that could presage a big zombie outbreak, Michael Jackson's would be one of the more likely, don'tcha think?Oh well, have fun getting eaten by zombies.

      April 4, 2012 at 12:06 am |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    January 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
  6. Iqbal khan

    Promoting War on Iran

    By Stephen Lendman

    Iran poses no belligerent or terrorist threat. In contrast, America, key NATO partners and Israel are global menaces. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30171.htm

    The US-Iran Economic War

    By Pepe Escobar

    Here's a crash course on how to further wreck the global economy. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30172.htm

    Drone Wars
    U.S. Turns to Drones to "Counter" China

    By MICHAEL RICHARDSON

    The United States aims to deploy sea-based drones on its aircraft carriers in the Pacific by 2018. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30174.htm

    January 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  7. all hail me

    phuck ya all, i'm the king of the world. prove me wrong!

    January 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  8. David

    http://www.sightlikeaconstructionworker.blogspot.com/2012/01/candidates-called-by-god.html

    January 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • Nonimus

      "The answer is this: In the scriptures, Job asks God why all of the things he was going through were happening to him. And God, in essence replied, that there are some things that God does that pass human logic and understanding."

      Odd that you would use Job, didn't God do that out of peer pressure; Satan basically dared Him too, right? That's not incomprehensible, it's just cruel.

      January 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  9. FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN AMERICA WE ARE STILL THE BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD FIGHT FOR IT

    FIGHT FOR AMERICA

    January 6, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  10. hippypoet

    wow...i just watched a casey anthony vid diary..... i want her dead, is that wrong? she got a fuking dog – who the hell gave this creature a fuking dog!!! how is this thing walking free idk, how does it have a dog idk, how does it wake up in the morning and just go about living – BECAUSE NO ONE HAS KILLED THIS BITC.H YET!!! i'm sorry but if it lived in my town or even near me she would be moving away or i would be arrested and it would all be worth it! kill an adult sure, you don't fuk with kids!

    January 6, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Portland tony

      You wouldn't even know the name. Casey Anthony if it weren't for the likes of Nancy G. and her kind. There are plenty of atrocities happening world wide for you to fixate on, let alone a young woman who who was acquitted by a jury of her peers. Since you are both judge and jury in this case and know all, why not concentrate on crimes closer to your home?

      January 6, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
  11. End The Spped Read!

    CNN recycles its trash here.

    January 6, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  12. hippypoet

    time for the jibba jabba!

    January 6, 2012 at 9:14 am |
    • Chuckles

      @Hippy

      Off subject from religion, per se, have you seen the latest news come from the great and magical city of Denver, CO. Pretty soon your and my favorite herb will have a chance to become fully legal in the state of CO, if it gets enough votes that is....

      January 6, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • hippypoet

      thats pretty sweet... looks like i'm moving to denver – isn't the high thinner there... i should go a week ahead of my family to "test" the waters... 🙂

      January 6, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Chuckles

      It's just better in general, higher alti.tudes yields a better "crop" for this specific herb, which is why CO and Cali both are known for the good sh.it.

      January 6, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • hippypoet

      thats funny by itself, see the plant needs CO to live...i on the other hand need the plant to live – it gives me two things – O2 and spi.ces for baking. 🙂

      January 6, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • HeavenSent

      That's what this country needs ... more brain damaged non-believers who can't figure out that Jesus teaches subject, article and outcome.

      Amen.

      January 7, 2012 at 5:39 am |
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