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: Church report: Children safer from abuse; more work to do
Children in the Catholic Church are safer 10 years after the church initiated reforms in the wake of the priest abuse scandal, but there is still work to be done, according to a report delivered to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Meeting in Atlanta, the bishops heard from Al Notzon III, the chairman of the National Review Board, on the progress made 10 years after they tasked the lay group with "advising the bishops on the handling of sexual abuse of minors by clergy."
CNN: Unbelieving preachers get help to 'come out' as open atheists
Jerry DeWitt entered the ministry when he was 17, launching a 25-year career as a Pentecostal preacher. He traveled all around his home state of Louisiana, preaching and ministering wherever he could. All these years later, DeWitt, 42, is still on the road, and now takes his message all over the United States. But the nature of that message, along with his audience, has changed dramatically.
Tweet of the Day:
Belief on TV:
Religion News Service: Black Southern Baptists try to keep expectations in check for first black SBC president
With the Southern Baptist Convention poised to elect its first African-American president at its meeting next week in New Orleans, the mostly black congregation at Colonial Baptist Church is equal parts excited and astonished. “The denomination has come from 180 degrees,” said Vernon T. Gaskins, 83, after the Sunday morning service at the church outside Baltimore. “I am quite shocked to see it, but I’m glad to see it.”
The New York Times: City Urges Requiring Consent for Jewish Rite
New York City health officials proposed on Tuesday that Orthodox Jewish parents be required to sign a consent waiver before they can take part in a circumcision ritual that is believed to have led to the deaths of at least two babies in the city over the past decade.
Beliefnet: Will the Game Show Network win with Bible trivia?
The Dallas shopping mall’s atrium was filled with excited hopefuls of all ages. They stood patiently in line, applications in hand, hoping to be the next nationwide TV game show winners. But on this new show they wouldn’t be answering “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” trivia. Nor would they show off their “Price Is Right” knowledge or their “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” grip on pop music. Instead, they were cramming, last minute, flipping through Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy and the Song of Solomon. And the Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians.
The Houston Chronicle: Southern Baptist membership drops in Texas, U.S.
Even in Texas, home to a huge Southern Baptist population and some of the denomination’s biggest megachurches, membership is dropping, while baptisms are on the rise. Across the country, the Southern Baptist Convention experienced a decline of 0.98 percent to just under 16 million, plus a dip in worship attendance and the smallest increase in the number of churches in years.
Catholic News Service: Vatican set to control new 'catholic' Internet domain
The Vatican is in line to control the new Internet address extension ".catholic" and decide who is allowed to use it. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit corporation that coordinates the assignment of Internet domain names and addresses around the world, announced the Vatican's formal application June 13 in London.
Quote of the Day:
We welcome today's statement by evangelical leaders in support of immigration reform. They, along with many others, recognize that our immigration system is broken and impacts basic human rights and dignity.
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, archbishop of Los Angeles, said Wednesday, announcing the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ support for the Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform. Gomez is the chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration. Read more here.
Join the conversation…
CNN: Pew survey: Doubt of God growing quickly among millennials
The percentage of Americans 30 and younger who harbor some doubts about God’s existence appears to be growing quickly, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. While most young Americans, 68%, told Pew they never doubt God’s existence, that’s a 15-point drop in just five years.