By Laura Koran, 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: Watergate figure Chuck Colson reportedly near death
Chuck Colson, the convicted Watergate figure turned evangelist, is near death after suffering a brain hemorrhage earlier this month, his media representatives said Wednesday. “It is with a heavy, but hopeful heart that I share with you that it appears our friend, brother and founder will soon be home with the Lord,” Jim Liske, CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries, which Colson founded, said in a statement.
CNN: New Bible translation aims at 'own it but haven't read it' demo
The "own it but haven't read it" demographic is his target market, says Capes, who teaches the New Testament at Houston Baptist University and was part of a team that compiled "The Voice," a new translation of the King James Bible. Capes told CNN that the motivation behind the translation, seven years in the making, was to emphasize the meaning behind the words.
Tweet of the Day:
From @RELEVENT: "It just doesn’t make a good marriage when one person is the 'decision-maker.'" More thoughts on mutual submission: http://relm.ag/J2jcoX
The Washington Post: Vatican report: U.S. Catholic sisters, nuns hold ‘serious theological’ errors
A Vatican investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an umbrella group representing 80 percent of Catholic sisters and nuns in the United States, found serious theological errors in statements by members, widespread dissent on the church’s teaching on sexuality and “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith” a church report released Wednesday stated.
Religion News Service: Religious belief highest in developing and Catholic countries
Belief in God is slowly declining in most countries around the world, according to a new poll, but the truest of the true believers can still be found in developing countries and Catholic societies. The “Beliefs about God Across Time and Countries” report, released Wednesday by researchers at the University of Chicago, found the Philippines to be the country with the highest belief.
Slate: Pastor Who Called Mormonism a "Cult" Backs Romney
The growing list of conservative evangelical Christians supporting Mitt Romney's GOP bid now includes megachurch leader Rev. Robert Jeffress, who called the all-but-certain GOP nominee's Mormon faith a "cult" at the 2011 Values Voter Summit last fall.
The Christian Post: Ariz. Governor Signs Bill to Allow Bible Classes in Public Schools
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed into law a bill that allows the establishing of elective classes that focus on the Bible and its influence on western civilization. Sponsored by State Representative Terri Proud, House Bill 2563 was passed by a 21 to 9 vote in the state Senate last Thursday and signed by Brewer on Tuesday.
The New York Times: British Ultranationalist Warns of Shariah’s ‘Creeping’ Influence, and Twitter Laughs
It began when the leader of the English Defence League, an ultranationalist group opposed to the building of mosques in Britain — and New York — suggested a hashtag to go with his outraged Twitter post regarding the image of a mosque on the homepage of the social media site.
Quote of the Day:
Who do I think is the most important and influential person over the last year? It’s a slam dunk for me. I give the same answer any year, any day, any month. For me the most influential person is always Jesus Christ.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2012, on who he believes should have the top spot on the list.
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Gay rights activists hold hands in protest in front of the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, in July 2009.
CNN: Gay rights activists see Mormons softening attitudes toward their community
Though the church’s doctrine condemning homosexuality has not changed, and the church remains opposed to same-sex marriage, many say the church is subtly but unmistakably growing friendlier toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, including voicing support for some gay rights.