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April 30th, 2012
04:31 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Monday, April 30

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: Priest in gay porn probe leaves parish
An Irish priest at the center of a gay porn controversy has asked to leave his parish and take sabbatical leave from the priesthood, he said Sunday. Father Martin McVeigh has admitted he destroyed a memory stick containing "inappropriate imagery" ahead of a church investigation into reports he accidentally showed pictures of naked men to parents of children preparing for their First Holy Communion.

An exhibit of Rodin's “The Thinker.”

CNN: Study: Analytic thinking can decrease religious belief
In a study, published Friday in the journal Science, researchers from Canada’s University of British Columbia used subtle stimuli to encourage analytical thinking. Results from the study found that analytical thinking could decrease religious belief.

CNN: Teacher who was fired after fertility treatments sues diocese
A teacher at a Catholic school in Indiana is suing the diocese where she worked after being fired because the in vitro fertilization treatments she received were considered against church teachings.

CNN: As politicians talk more about faith, voters seem to want less
Is Washington a holy city? It might seem that way, with all the talk about religion and morality in the 2012 election. But all that God talk may be rubbing voters the wrong way.

Tweet of the Day:

From @mboorstein: Here's hopin the Nats can keep the crowds as cheery as they were at Nationals Stadium at #nightofhope w @JoelOsteen http://wapo.st/IOdFRs

Enlightening Reads:

The Washington Post: Osteen’s ‘Night of Hope’ draws crowd to Nationals Park
A sellout crowd craving a hopeful, positive God that “wants to supersize” joy turned a Nationals Park sunset into an unusual Sunday church service led by Joel Osteen, pastor of the country’s largest church. The “Night of Hope” service led by the Texas celeb-evangelist was a blend of worship, musical performance and the beaming encouragement that has made Osteen one of the most-watched American spiritual figures today.

Religion News Service: Secularists counter National Day of Prayer with National Day of Reason
As millions of Americans bow their heads next Thursday (May 3) for the annual National Day of Prayer, atheists, humanists and other nontheists will mark a day of their own. The National Day of Reason – or "NDR" in the shorthand of the nontheist community – will also be held May 3, part protest, part celebration and totally godless.

The Catholic Register: Church leaders criticize Portugal's plans to end two religious holidays
Portuguese Catholic officials criticized government plans to suppress two religious public holidays as part of an austerity drive and urged postponing the plans until next year.

The Plain Dealer: Amish beard-cutting defendant has taxpayer-subsidized lawyer despite millions in the bank, prosecutors say
The leader of an Amish splinter sect accused of cutting the beards of religious enemies has received more than $2 million for oil rights to his 800-acre farm, yet continues to be represented by a taxpayer-financed public defender, according to a new court filing.

The Guardian: Australia's blurred separation between church and state
Australia's constitution has been said to lack clarity on the separation of church and state, and its high court has made a murky situation muddy over the past decades, with rulings that have undermined the secular character of the Commonwealth.

Religion News Service: Utah storehouse at top of Mormon food chain
The new Utah Bishops' Central Storehouse, which opened in January, is the centerpiece of the Mormon church's intricate network for taking care of its members and lending a hand to others in times of natural disasters, putting scriptural encouragements into action in the aftermath of hardship.

Quote of the day:

Knowledge which we gain with enthusiasm ... tends to last longer and go deeper. Things we learn out of duty, we don't keep them for long.

The Dalai Lama said this in response to a question from a Loyola University student who asked him what he wishes he knew when he was 17. Read more here.

Today’s Opinion:

CNN: My Faith: What does God sound like?
Karen Spears Zacharias, author of A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of a Murder, writes about what it sounds like to hear the voice of God.

Join the conversation…

CNN: Ryan defends budget in face of Catholic critics
Rep. Paul Ryan defended his proposed federal budget on Thursday against criticism from some Catholics, who say it violates their tradition’s teaching by putting an undue burden on the poor.

- CNN's Laura Koran

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Cynthia Googe

    I never commented before 4/30/12. I read instuctions. In the box for name...I put my name. I continued to read. Oh, I see you
    didn't mean MY name, but something anonymous . So all this hatred? These comments..would you say these things and stand behind them with your actual name? I don't know, but as " anonymous" you are expressing your Real thoughts your feelings

    May 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
  2. Prayer changes things

    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    April 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Jesus

      "Prayer changes things"

      You're a proven liar. Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!*!,

      April 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • tets

      test

      April 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • No Truth, Just Claims

      "Pretty Bird"

      "BWWWAAACK"

      May 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  3. William Demuth

    Hey, I see Prayer Troll is back.

    A rumour had spread implying he she or it dies.

    Alas, once again, prayer is proven ineffective.

    April 30, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • lunchbreaker

      Maybe they did die and we are recieving posts form the afterlife.

      April 30, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • William Demuth

      Nice idea

      WWJB?

      What would Jeebus blog?

      April 30, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • Fred Flintstone

      It was always here. Posts under many many many names, but the content is pretty obvious.

      April 30, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • Hitchens

      @Fred
      Name some.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • Hitchens

      @Fred
      Then prove it.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Just sayin nope Atheism is HeavenSent Herbie In God We Trust Prayer Changes Captain America Hitchens, for a start!

      April 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      @AGuest9
      Proof please?

      May 1, 2012 at 5:34 am |
  4. Jeanine

    I read that speedily. Thank you, Laura.
    Considering the lack of dialogue between CNN and its commenters, understandably in most cases as I would expect, do you, as a CNN employee, agree with CNN's use of this filter that prohibits words like "Const.tution"? And what, if anything, is going to be done to address this utterly pathetic WordPress filter?

    (Just bored and trolling here. I'm not trying to get you fired for responding if its against corporate policy.)

    April 30, 2012 at 5:41 am |
    • Jeanine

      And when will CNN get some new editors for the blog? You know, ones that want to do a good job of encouraging people to read and comment on the articles? Then we could say goodbye to the filter and a new day would dawn for CNN's Belief Blog.
      Revenues would soar! People would dance in the street! And then they'd be pepper sprayed!
      It's just so much of a win-win situation, you see....

      April 30, 2012 at 6:53 am |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    April 30, 2012 at 5:34 am |
    • Mirosal

      No, it doesn't. People have been praying for months for you to stop your incessant postings, but alas, to no avail. See, prayer doesn't work, because you're still here. - PROVEN –

      April 30, 2012 at 5:37 am |
    • Prayer changes things

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things. Proof provided by mirosal on a regular basis. Hint to the GEN – I -US, you can't pray against prayer.

      April 30, 2012 at 5:50 am |
    • Mirosal

      When did I ever say it was ME who did the praying? All reliegions are cults by defnition. And history has shown us how unstable cult members are.

      April 30, 2012 at 5:53 am |
    • Prayer changes things

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things. No one said you prayed, a simple hint was left for the "GEN- I -US".

      April 30, 2012 at 6:03 am |
    • Prayer Changes Things

      I am still the dumbest thing to ever hit the Belief Blog. Very stupid. I make cows look like geniuses.

      April 30, 2012 at 6:08 am |
    • Mirosal

      Your little rantings prove the mental instability of cult members. You're religious, so you're in a cult by definition.

      April 30, 2012 at 6:16 am |
    • lunchbreaker

      Don't bother Mirosal, trolls don't follow the rules of logic, so there is no point in attempting rational debate. Whoever this person is is only interesting in annoying athiests. The best way to do that is to not engage in a civil conversation. It's just a waste of time trying to have an actual conversation with the likes of trolls like this.

      April 30, 2012 at 9:08 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      April 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm |

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