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America’s ‘angriest’ theologian faces lynching tree
A crowd gathers in Marion, Indiana, in 1930 to witness a lynching. This photograph inspired the poem and song “Strange Fruit.”
April 21st, 2012
10:00 PM ET

America’s ‘angriest’ theologian faces lynching tree

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - When he was boy growing up in rural Arkansas, James Cone would often stand at his window at night, looking for a sign that his father was still alive.

Cone had reason to worry. He lived in a small, segregated town in the age of Jim Crow. And his father, Charlie Cone, was a marked man.

Charlie Cone wouldn’t answer to any white man who called him “boy.” He only worked for himself, he told his sons, because a black man couldn’t work for a white man and keep his manhood at the same time.

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Filed under: Bible • Black issues • Books • Christianity • Church • Crime • Culture wars • Persecution • Prejudice • Race

April 21st, 2012
04:39 PM ET

Watergate figure, Christian leader Chuck Colson dies

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) – Chuck Colson, a Watergate-era "hatchet man" for President Richard Nixon who became an influential evangelical leader after serving time in prison, died Saturday afternoon, according to his website.

He was 80.

Colson suffered a brain hemorrhage in late March.

Colson was the first Nixon aide to be convicted of Watergate-related charges in the 1972 scandal.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Evangelical • Faith Now

Philadelphia priest abuse trial a test case for Catholic church
Msgr. William Lynn is charged with child endangerment for his role in handling abuse complaints.
April 21st, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Philadelphia priest abuse trial a test case for Catholic church

By Sarah Hoye, CNN

Philadelphia (CNN) – It's been four weeks since the beginning of the trial of the highest ranking U.S. Catholic Church leader charged with covering up the crimes of priests against children.

The main issue is not whether sex abuse occurred, as defense attorneys have pointed out, but how the Archdiocese of Philadelphia - Monsignor William Lynn in particular - handled the allegations against priests in the diocese.

The trial against Lynn and the alleged offending priest, the Rev. James Brennan, has already created a shake-up in Philadelphia's Catholic leadership, according to Catholic commentator and blogger Rocco Palmo.

"It's a shift you see once in 200 years," Palmo told CNN.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Courts • Pennsylvania • Sex abuse

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